David Warner marks his return to international cricket with demolishing performances in the 2019 Indian Premier League. With two fifties and a hundred to his name, Warner scored 254 runs in just three matches at an average of 127. He currently holds the orange cap which will be awarded to the leading run scorer at the end of the tournament. More importantly, he scored those runs at a whopping strike rate of 175.17.
You destroyed my day. My 100 was not enough because of the way you batted. The way you started the innings we lost the game in the powerplay. We needed 250 on the board with someone like you in the opposition. It was special.” – Sanju Samson said to Warner after the SRH vs RR match
Warner’s intent from ball one, in this year’s IPL, is a scary thing to watch for the bowlers in the upcoming matches of IPL as well as the succeeding ICC World Cup 2019 scheduled to be hosted by England. But his success didn’t come in a day or two. After the infamous ball-tampering incident in the Capetown test last year, Warner served one year ban along with Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft (9 months) for their roles in the incident.
Out of the three, Warner received a lot of flak for his involvement in the ‘sandpaper’ incident. Cricket Australia even released a press note that Warner won’t be considered for any leadership roles for the national side in the future.
Later we saw the emotional press conferences from all the three players and we also witnessed the fall of Australian cricket with many series loses including their first ever test series loss at home to Team India. For the WC, many cricket pundits are expecting them to be back in the Australian side.
After being banned by Cricket Australia, along with Smith, Warner played in the different franchise-based T20 leagues. They even played some club cricket in Australia. We will have a look at Warner’s performances in all the T20 leagues over the last one year period.
Warner had a bad start with Global T20 League Canada:
Warner’s first instalment after the ban is in Global T20 League Canada. He represented Winnipeg Hawks team in that tournament and scored just 109 runs in the eight matches he played. He averaged just 13.62 with the bat and scored only one fifty (55) in the eliminator against Edmonton Royals. He scored at a strike rate of 114.73 only.
Warner played for St Lucia Stars in CPL:
Later, Warner played for St Lucia Stars in the Caribbean Premier League 2018 season. He played in nine games and scored 220 runs at an average of 31.42 and a strike rate of 111.67. His highest score of 72* came against the Trinbago Knight Riders. In that innings, Warner switched his stance from left-handed to right-handed and scored 14 runs against Chris Gayle.
Warner skippered Sylhet Sixers in BPL 2019:
After a decent CPL, Warner leads Sylhet Sixers in the Bangladesh Premier League 2019. In seven BPL matches, he scored 223 runs at an average of 37.16 with a strike rate of 131.17. He hit three fifties and had the highest score of 63 against the Dhaka Dynamites. An unfortunate elbow injury ruled him out of the competition.