You know how sports fans react sometimes (well, almost all the time) when the camera pans to them in the stadium and they see themselves on the big screen? Of course you do. You have perhaps done it yourselves too. It is only logical.. instinctive almost, to react because your image at the venue is being beamed across television channels. How many of us could hope to achieve that in life otherwise? This is nothing to be surprised about.

What was surprising, however, a few weeks back… on 3 October at Dubai International Stadium… David Warner found himself in that position. It was better than staying back at the hotel perhaps, but seeing the Sunrisers Hyderabad opener waving the franchise flag from the stands, and then putting a hand up while smiling when the camera panned to him was surreal. He was out of the team, and by then it was increasingly clear he is not going to play another match in the season and here he was, playing out the role of a curious spectator like he is not one of the greatest overseas batters to have played in the Indian Premier League.

Warner’s wavin’ flag. Perhaps a call out for…

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