Cricket World Player of the Week - David Warner
Following a shambolic IPL, David Warner was down in the dumps before the beginning of the T20 World Cup but the newly-crowned World champion produced a Player of the Tournament winning performance when it mattered.
Warner had been an absolute star for Sunrisers Hyderabad over the last five years in the IPL but the franchise not only handed the captaincy to Kane Williamson but also dropped Warner from the playing XI this year after a few low scores.
The southpaw did not have a great start to the T20 World Cup as well, failing in both the warm-up matches and then having a quiet start in the Super 12 stage as well.
However, he came good when it mattered the most and finished as the top run-scorer for Australia and the second-highest run-getter in the T20 World Cup overall with 289 runs at a strike rate of 146. He struck 32 fours and 10 sixes.
??? “He’s one of the all-time great batters. And he’s a fighter."— ICC (@ICC) November 15, 2021
@davidwarner31arrived at his fearsome best in the ICC Men's #T20WorldCup, bagging Player of the Tournament ??
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For a player struggling to put bat to ball, it was a sensational turn around as Warner ended up as the Player of the Tournament in the World Cup, making crucial contributions in Australia's 5-wicket semi-final victory against Pakistan and 8-wicket victory against New Zealand in the final.
Warner made a 38-ball 53 in the final to set up the chase perfectly for Australia following on from his impressive 49 against Pakistan in the semi-final and played a major role in taking Australia to their maiden T20 World Cup trophy.
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