Australia batsman David Warner has finally opened up over crowd jeering him in the stadiums during World Cup matches saying that fans pay their 'dollars' and have every right to boo them.
Warner said spectators devote a lot of money and time to come and watch the matches, they have the right to do whatever they want, even if it’s booing him. Warner added that he thrives on such happenings, they only inspire him to do better.
Warner has successfully tackled the jeering as he is the highest run-getter of the tournament with 500 runs under his belt. Moreover, in their recent match against England, Warner smashed 53 runs and helped his side secure a 64-run victory against the hosts of the tournament at Lord's.
Warner also said that he is grateful that the fans come there in the stadiums to watch them play. He added that he embraces the heckling and focuses on his fielding and saving crucial runs for his side. Warner believes that the fans come to watch the players play and get entertained, it is the players’ responsibility to smile and put on a great performance.
The 32-year old said he always smiles and is living his dream, he removes his sunglasses, looks the abusive fans in the eye and just smiles. He added that playing for the country, playing a World Cup match at the Lord’s, it couldn’t get better than this for him. He is grateful that he was selected for the World Cup squad.
Warner's international career came to a juddering halt when he was given a 12-month ban for his part in a ball-tampering scandal during a Test against South Africa in Cape Town last year.
At that stage, there was widespread speculation that Warner -- widely regarded as the instigator of an event that saw Cameron Bancroft apply sandpaper to the ball -- might never play for Australia again. But having completed a year-long ban, the 32-year-old Warner has been in superb form for the reigning champions at the World Cup.
Warner said he feels fresher and is up for all the upcoming challenges. Australia will now face New Zealand on June 29, having already sealed a semi-final berth, Australia will take the field with the same intensity but with less pressure.
(With inputs from ANI)