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T20 World Cup 2021

‘It was too early to write him off’ – David Warner hailed after sensational T20 World Cup campaign

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

David Warner, who came into the T20 World Cup facing questions over his poor form, ended as the Player of the Tournament in the T20 World Cup for scoring 289 runs at an average of over 48.

His efforts along with his mental resolve after a poor run were applauded after he took Australia to their first-ever title in the format.

The left-hander, who struck at only 110 in the recent IPL and was benched for the last few games of SRH’s campaign, answered his naysayers in style as he made four scores above 40 in the tournament, including knocks of 49 and 53 in the semifinal and final of the T20 World Cup, respectively. Following a groin injury last November, Warner struggled to return to his best, which led to question marks over his future as Australia opener.

However, the 35-year-old displayed that class is indeed permanent as he struck at 148 to lay a solid platform for the team match-after-match in the competition.


Warner’s mental strength and his ability to raise his game in pressure situations were hailed following the team’s win, with even his wife taking a dig at critics who had written off the player.

Others couldn’t help but call Warner as one of the greatest players in the history of the format.

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