David Warner , the power hitter from the Australian team, made his debut in international cricket by scoring a stunning 89 off 43 balls in a T20I against South Africa. Known for his aggressive attitude as a top-order batsman, David Warner’s cricket slowly and steadily destroyed bowling attacks across the globe over the years. He has served as the vice-captain of the Test and ODI national team between the years 2015 and 2018. Being in the limelight for his presence and his game, Warner has been a part of a fair share of controversies, particularly the ball-tampering incident in 2018 being the biggest of them.
With much of his T20 success, Warner made his ODI debut again against South Africa in Hobart, where his 69 runs made a mark on the match. Apart from the ODI’s, he continued to take his place and impress all in the T20 format of the game and was the only bright spot in Australia’s first-round exit in the 2009 edition of the World T20 in England. Being the best and the choice of many, Warner made his Test debut in the summer of 2011 against a strong New Zealand team . And once again Warner’s aggressive touch at the top of the order was fully visible when he creamed a fantastic 119 against the South Africans at the Adelaide Oval in 2012. In the initial stage of 2013, Warner was dropped by the board due to some disciplinary reasons and was fined for £7,000 and was not even allowed to play for the team until the first Ashes Test on July 10, 2013.
Finally, when allowed to make a comeback in the Ashes series in Australia 2013-14, he was the highest scorer in the series amassing 523 runs from five matches at an average of 58.11, which included one of the best David Warner centuries ever. He scored two centuries and two half-centuries in that season. Even after that exceptional season, the Delhi Daredevils did not retain him for the IPL season 2014. He was later acquired in February 2014 by the Sunrisers Hyderabad with a successful bid of INR 5.5 crores.
Playing well in the upcoming series and maintaining his standards, Warner scored a fine hundred in the first Test of Australia’s UAE tour in 2014. Scoring a fifty in the home ODI series that was against South Africa to stay in good shape, Warner then smashed three beautiful hundreds against top rival India in the year 2014-15. Being the second-highest run-scorer for Australia, he got 345 runs in 8 games that included the 178 achieved against Afghanistan team .
After getting involved in many controversies, Warner witnessed both love and hate equally from the fans. The dispute in the 2018 tour of South Africa was the most remarkable and primarily how Warner’s career will be remembered. In March in Cape Town, the camera spotted Cameron Bancroft using sandpaper to rub the ball. This crime was later accepted, and Warner, along with captain Steve Smith was interrogated and penalized after that. He served a one-year ban which also resulted in him losing his lucrative IPL deal and brand contracts. But his comeback made him a much stronger and hungrier man, the fight for his game was visible in his eyes and his runs in the IPL 2019. The Australian team had no chance but to take the dashing opener back in their squad, as David Warner continues to be the gun batsman for Australia.
The IPL Journey of David Warner
Being the best one out of the league is always an advantage, isn’t it? David Warner IPL history has been a mark of real success, which isn’t only a saying but also documented by facts. Warner has successfully scored around 5000 runs (most by any international player) over the years in the IPL, with 44 half-centuries (most by any player) and four centuries (only behind Virat Kohli ). He has been a key player at the top of the order for the franchises he has represented over the years - that is the Delhi Daredevils from the year 2009 to 2013 and the Sunrisers Hyderabad since the year 2014 till now.
With Delhi Daredevils, Warner had an average first season scoring at an average of 23, and a relatively low strike in the 120s. While after the switch to the Sunrisers Hyderabad, at a franchise for USD 880,000, his game worked wonders for the southpaw. Although David Warner in SRH being the captain, failed to take his side to the playoffs, he won himself the orange cap in the 2015 season scoring the highest amount of runs that was 562. Moving forward and receiving the maiden title in 2016 by beating the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the finals, he contributed and ended the tournament as the second-highest run-scorer. In 2017, he failed to make it to the finals but won his second orange cap.
He was further banned by the BCCI from playing in the IPL 2018 due to the ball-tampering allegation. Barred from the leadership role, he returned in 2019, but as the key for the team, he again bagged the orange cap and proved himself.
Warner’s IPL journey has been like a roller coaster, and the fans are waiting to see the player’s success in the IPL 2021 where again he is the captain of the SRH team .
David Warner Personal Details
He named his daughter ‘India’ born in 2016, for his love of the country which he calls his second home after having many successful seasons in the IPL. David Warner’s wife , Candice Falzon, an Australian ironwoman, became his life partner in the year 2015 after being his alleged girlfriend. Besides her daughter India, he also has two more daughters and a son named Steven, who is the eldest among the siblings. Warner was named as the ‘Australian Sports Dad of the Year’ in the year 2016. David Warner’s height is 5ft 7inch, which seems to be quite decent and totally complements his weight and body structure. Being one of the most famous players in the team, he has been loved, appreciated, and respected by millions. And because of his popularity and game, David Warner’s net worth is around $23 million.