From a devastating T20 batsman to once becoming the world’s finest Test batsman, David Warner’s career has been nothing short of extraordinary.
One of the most powerful hitters in cricket history, Warner is a regular feature for Australia in all three formats of the game.
Even after returning from a one-year ban, David Warner is still a powerful force to be reckoned with in World Cricket.
So today, we will talk about some of the most interesting facts about the aggressive cricketer.
David Warner: Top 15 Mind-Boggling Facts
1) The child prodigy
At the age of five, Warner joined the coastal cricket club of Sydney in Australia and dominated in the junior competitions.
2) Always listen to mom’s advice
At the age of 13, his coach wanted him to bat right-handed as he used to hit every ball in the air.
But listening to his mom, after a season, he was again back with his natural left hand, and from there on, never looked back.
3) The successful U-19 cricketer
A hard-hitting batsman, David Warner was the leading run-scorer of the Australian U-19 team that toured India in the 2005-06 season
He also represented Australia in the 2006 U-19 World Cup
4) Pioneers of the ‘switch hit’
David Warner was one of the pioneers of the ‘switch hit’ in white-ball cricket
During the 2009 domestic T20 competition in Australia, he was endorsed to use a double-sided bat
5) International debut before playing first-class cricket
On January 11, 2009, David Warner made his international debut in a T20I against South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
By doing so, he became the first Australian cricketer to make his international debut without any first-class cricket experience.
He scored a destructive 89 off 43 balls and helped Australia win by a margin of 52 runs
6) The Breakout star
In the 2009 T20 World Cup, Warner played a superb 63 off 53 balls against West Indies at the Oval.
Despite Australia’s first-round exit, David’s performance was well appreciated by both fans and critics
7) Transition into a Test opener
In 2012, at the Waca, Warner scored a superb century off just 69 balls against a weak Indian bowling attack
That innings ended at 180 which permanently cemented his place in the Australian test setup
Warner carried this purple patch in the South Africa series as well and hit a superb 119 at the Adelaide Oval in 2012.
8) Controversy involving Joe Root
During the 2013 Ashes test series, in a Birmingham bar, Root had put got a green and gold wig on his chin.
David Warner thought he was mocking Amla, and punched him in the face, which resulted in an ugly brawl between the two.
9) Successful 2015 World Cup
David Warner scored 345 runs in the 8 matches he appeared for Australia in the 2015 World Cup.
It included a 178 against Afghanistan which helped Australia to score 417 runs, which is the highest ever World Cup total.
He was also the second-highest run-scorer for Australia in that World Cup.
10) IPL champion
Warner led the Sunrisers Hyderabad side in IPL 2016 and managed to win the IPL tournament beating RCB in the final.
Besides captaincy, Warner also played a major role with the bat, scoring 848 runs in that season and was the second-highest run-getter in that edition of the IPL.
11) A hundred on 100th ODI
David Warner is the first Australian batsman and 8th batsman overall to score a century in his 100th ODI, in September 2017.
12) Ball Tampering scandal
In March 2018, during the 3rd test match against South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town, Steven Smith, Cameron Bancroft, and Warner were found guilty of the incident of ball-tampering.
So, both of them were forced to step down as captain and vice-captain and were banned by Cricket Australia for 12 months from all forms of cricket.
13) In legend’s shoes
- David is the second opener in test history, after Sunil Gavaskar, to score three consecutive Test hundreds twice in his career.
- He is also the only Australian cricketer after Adam Gilchrist to score three consecutive hundreds
- Fifth cricketer to score a century before lunch on the first day of a Test match after Victor Trumper, Charlie Macartney, Don Bradman, and Majid Khan
- Just like MH Dekkar, Geoffrey Boycott, WM Lawry, GM Turner, and WM Woodfull, David Warner has carried his bat in the fourth innings of a Test match.
- David is also the fourth Australian player to have received the Allan Border Medal more than once. ( 3 times )
- Warner was elected the ‘Australian Test Player of the Year’ in 2016
- He was elected the ‘Australian ODI Player of the Year’ for two consecutive years ( 2017, 2018 )
- Warner has won the orange cap thrice in his IPL career ( 2015, 2017, and 2019 )
15) Other interests
- Warner loves traveling and enjoys exploring the cultures of different countries
- David loves watching horse racing and even missed a club match for Sydney’s Grade cricket to watch horse racing.
- Warner is also the author of the book ‘The Kaboom Kid- The big switch.’
- Jennifer Aniston and Tom Cruise happen to be his favorite actor and actress