Despite not winning the ICC T20 World Cup to date, Australia has always produced amazing T20 batsmen. Be it, Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, or even all-rounder Glenn Maxwell in the modern-day game.
However, there’s one player record in the format are virtually unmatched not just among the players from his country, but from the world. The player is none other than opening-batsman David Andrew Warner.
Warner is undoubtedly Australia’s greatest T20I batsman of all-time, and the southpaw will hope to end Australia’s wait for T20 silverware at the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in 2021 in India. He is also arguably the greatest T20 batsman in the world.
Having said that, here are 5 reasons why David Warner is the best T20I batsman in world cricket:
1. Aggressive approach
David Warner’s ambidextrous nature — the ability to switch his hands — helps him in doing equal justice to any kind of delivery. Warner is more than capable of playing all kinds of bowlers in different geographical conditions.
He is one of the most destructive batsmen in T20I cricket, especially in the powerplay, where he scores the majority of his runs. He has a healthy strike rate of nearly 140 in the shortest format.
2. Fitness and mental strength
Though Warner may not seem like one of the fittest cricketers, the truth is that the southpaw spends numerous hours in the gym with his wife, who is a former Australia Ironwoman and surf lifesaver.
Apart from that, Warner works a lot on his mental conditioning and temperament, which reflects in his ability to play all three formats with unmatched consistency. He had recently taken the field during the Sydney Test, despite not being fully fit.
3. Plethora of Experience
Warner had made his debut or Australia, despite playing a single ball in first-class cricket, in a T20I fixture against South Africa, notching up a 43-ball 89, and was named ‘man of the match’ as Australia won the game by 52 runs. Since then, he has played 81 T20I, scoring runs across different continents.
Warner has scored more than 2,000 runs with a batting average of nearly 31.45. Also, his involvement in franchise cricket has helped him to score runs in different playing conditions.
4. Leadership & Game awareness
Apart from leading a few teams in franchise cricket, Warner has also captained Australia across the shorter formats, which makes him one of the most vocal figures in the dressing room.
Warner, who has been in the Australian team for more than a decade, also likes to lead from the front and take his team to victory.
Also, Warner’s game awareness and ability to read the game is second to none, if not better. Due to his ability to play both, spin and pace, equally well, he also has the ability to bat the entire 20 overs and score runs.
5. Never say die attitude
David Warner is a player who won’t give up until the last bit. Despite being in dire situations, he had helped the Australian team come from a hopeless situation and win the game.
Moreover, Warner was slapped with a one-year ban, having played his part in a ball-tampering scandal, alongside Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft. However, despite all the hardship he had to endure, Warner came back in style to make a big statement and silenced his critics.