Former India cricketer VVS Laxman has lauded David Warner for his performance in the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

David Warner and Mitchell Marsh dictated the New Zealand seamers on a dry wicket despite captain Aaron Finch (5) holing out at deep mid-wicket off Trent Boult’s short delivery.

New Zealand’s hopes of Ish Sodhi striking in the middle overs didn’t work out with both Marsh and Warner dominating the legspinner, who conceded 40 off his three overs.

Boult returned and clean bowled Warner, but had a forgetful night when he couldn’t hold onto a return catch off his last ball of the spell with Australia needing just 15 for victory off 19 balls. Australia won the game by 8 wickets.

Here is the list of the Player of the Tournament winners.

2007

Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi won the Player of the Tournament award, claiming 12 wickets in total at 15.66.

2009

Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan won the prize for his brilliance with the bat. The Lankan ace mustered 317 runs in seven matches at 52.83.

2010

The award went to Kevin Pietersen. The England ace scored the second-most runs, piling up 248 at 62.00. He smashed two fifties with the best score of 73*.

2012

The Player of the Tournament award went to Australia’s Shane Watson, who ended up as the leading run-scorer and the second-highest wicket-taker. Watson scored 249 runs and took 11 wickets at 16.00 with the best of 3/26.

2014

The Player of the Tournament award went to India’s Virat Kohli. He scored 319 runs with the best score of 77. He hit 24 fours and 10 sixes.

2016

Virat Kohli became the first player in T20 WC history to win successive Man of the Tournament awards. He was the second-highest scorer in the tournament after Tamim Iqbal. Kohli scored 273 runs at 136.50. He hit the most fours (29).

2021

David Warner, who scored 289 runs from 7 matches, was given the Player of the Tournament award. He accumulated his runs at an average of 48.16 and a strike rate of 146.70 in the tournament. “I always felt good, for me it was about going back to basics, getting on some hard, synthetic wickets in order to hit volumes of balls. Definitely up there with 2015 [World Cup], losing to England a decade ago really hurt. These are a great bunch of guys, great support staff, and great support around the world, especially back home. Always pumped, wanted to put on a spectacle. There were some nerves around as always in a final but great to see the guys deliver.”

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