David Warner: One of Modern Cricket’s Most Explosive Batters
Australian left-handed batter David Warner has earned a reputation for being one of the most explosive openers in modern-day cricket. His heroics have not been limited to just T20 and ODI formats. Warner has been a popular batter in the longest format of the game too. In fact, the 35-year-old is one of the few to average over 45 in both Tests and ODIs, with another impressive 32+ average adding to his repertoire in the T20 format. Cricket lovers will remember his crucial 53-run contribution in the T20 World Cup final that helped Australia win the tournament last year. For the Indian T20 League lovers, his 126-run contribution against the Kolkata team in 2017 is worth remembering
Though Warner had witnessed a dip in form in the Indian T20 League last year, finishing with only 195 runs from 8 games at an average of 24.37, he still has his stakes high and was bought for a hefty fee by the Delhi team in the auction for the 2022 edition.
Warner became the first Australian player since 1877 to represent the national side without having played any first-class cricket. He did so back in 2009 by scoring 89 runs off 43 balls against South Africa in Melbourne. It became the second-highest score made on T20I debut.
Warner took some time to get his name on the team sheet in Test cricket. That happened two years later against New Zealand. Despite a relatively forgettable debut there, he managed to score his first century in the second Test and never had to look back. Progress in ODIs continued in between. He proved to be a key contributor to the Australian team’s success in the Ashes against England at home just a few months ago.
Warner got himself involved in an unwelcoming ball-tampering row back in 2018 and was banned for a year. The batter later revealed that it had been one decision he would regret as long as he lived. He has since returned to the Australian fold in all three formats and has rediscovered his form. The Sydney-born player remains one of the most dreaded batters across the world even today more than a decade following his international breakthrough.
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David Warner’s Personal Details
- David Andrew Warner
- Date of Birth
- 27th October 1986
- Sydney, Australia
- Batting Style
- Left-handed batter
- Playing Role
- Top-order batter
- Major Teams Played For
- Australia, Delhi team, Hyderabad team
David Warner Current Rankings
David Warner Career Summary
- 335* vs. PAK
- 179 vs. PAK
- 100* vs. SL
David Warner - Key Skills and Strengths
Apart from a few hiccups in between, David Warner has been one of the most consistent batters in modern cricket. That consistency has stretched across all three formats of the game. The left-handed batter reminded everyone of the likes of Sanath Jayasuriya and Virender Sehwag the first time he burst into the international scene.
One thing Warner has been making sure over the years is that the Australian scorecard will keep moving at a brisk pace while he is on the pitch, irrespective of the format. In fact, he possesses the ability to dismantle any bowling single-handedly. Warner is also strong against pacers and finds relative ease in playing both on the front as well as on the back.
Warner plays shots on both sides of the pitch and isn’t shy of taking the aerial route right from the outset. Another key strength of his is his consistency. He hasn’t had a lengthy spell without runs on the board. That has ensured that his average hasn’t gone down below 40 in Tests and ODIs. That goes on for the T20 format too. The Indian T20 League has benefited immensely from that consistency.
David Warner Awards and Achievements
David Warner has been one of the most consistent batters for the Australia cricket team over the years across all three formats. In doing that, the 35-year-old has won multiple accolades. His gritty innings in November 2021 helped Australia win the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Here are some of David Warner’s biggest achievements in international cricket:
Warner is only the 4th player to have won the Allan Border Medal more than once, having also won it on successive occasions in 2016 and 2017.
Warner won the Australian ODI Player of the Year award back in 2017.
Warner overtook the likes of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli to become the No.1 ODI batter in 2017.
David Warner’s Indian T20 League Journey
Warner’s Indian T20 League journey started way back when he joined the Delhi team in 2009. After staying with them for five seasons, the veteran moved to the Hyderabad team in 2014.
After playing for them until only last year, Warner was purchased by the Delhi team again at the mega auction held in February 2022.
Warner became the first player to score successive hundreds in the tournament. He has also been at the top of the pile in terms of overall runs scored, finishing the 2017 season with 641 runs at an average of 58.27.
- Indian T20 League
- 126* vs. Kolkata
David Warner: FAQs
Apart from cricket, Warner takes a liking for other sports such as golf. He also loves traveling and has a knack for writing.
Warner has co-authored a series of books named “Kaboom Kid,” published between 2014 and 2016.
Warner remains an avid fan of Indian batter Virat Kohli. He has also admitted that he admired South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis.
Warner has expressed his love for India, a country he considers his second home. He has been posting funny videos on social media that are suggestive of his love for the country.
The left-handed batter has revealed that he is a huge fan of Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu.