It's only weeks since we acknowledged that Rohit Sharma has a better home Test average than Don Bradman himself. Now, David Warner's T20I record is doing the rounds with the Australian opener on return from ban, taking the T20 scene by storm.
Since the beginning of the Sri Lankan series last month, Warner has only been dismissed once in six T20Is against Sri Lanka and Pakistan respectively. He has amassed a stunning 287 runs in these matches and his average in the entire year in this format rests at a stupendous 287!
It was in T20s that Warner first made a name for himself on debut against the Proteas and on return from his ban, Warner took seamlessly to the shortest format of the game. Warner played a lot of T20 cricket last year including the GLT20 in Canada, Grade cricket in Australia, BPL, and then made a roaring return in the Indian T20 league and later international cricket.
He has played a total of 25 T20s across formats in 2019 and averages 70.7 with 1202 runs in his kitty. This is the highest average for any batsman in the shortest format of the game in 2019 (min 20 matches).
In the Indian T20 league in 2019, Warner grabbed his third Orange Cap, awarded to the highest run-scorer. This is the most for any player in the league's history.
Warner has an overall tally of 3271 runs at 55.44 and a scoring rate of 146.88. It must also be emphasized that aside from the three orange caps, he amassed a stunning 848 runs in 2016 only to be overtaken by Virat Kohli.
This year, Warner scored 233 runs at 37.16 in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) before an elbow injury ended his tournament. In the 2019 Indian T20 League edition, Warner topped the run charts with 692 runs at 69.20, a run-scoring frenzy marked by eight fifties and a hundred.
In the World Cup, Warner continued his white ball form and made 647 runs, the second best for any player after Rohit Sharma.
Though he had a horrible Ashes series courtesy Stuart Broad, Warner has returned to form in Australia in the T20Is and appears to be Australia's big hope for the home T20 World Cup next year.
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