David Warner gave a befitting reply to the critics who scored a half-century against Sri Lanka

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David Warner gave a befitting reply to the critics who scored a half-century against Sri Lanka

When players like Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Rohit Sharma are not in form, then only one line is said for them in the cricket world ‘Form is temporary, class is permanent’. This line fits for Australian opener David Warner. The player, who left his mark in all three formats, was struggling with his form for some time, after which questions were raised about his place in the team. After leaving the captaincy in the IPL, Warner was dropped from the playing XI by Sunrisers Hyderabad and after that there was talk in the cricket corridors whether Warner would be able to make his place in the playing XI of Australia in the T20 World Cup?

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Even before the start of this tournament, captain Aaron Finch had expressed confidence in Warner, saying, “I have confidence in Warner’s ability and decision making skills. His performance in the World Cup has been excellent. He is one of the best players in Australia and I have no doubt that he will do well.

After flopping in the practice match, Warner’s performance was disappointing in the first match against South Africa as well. Warner had scored 14 runs against D.Africa. A big player needs only one innings to return to form. Today Warner had both the opportunity and the custom. He grabbed this opportunity with both hands and played a brilliant innings of 65 runs in 42 balls for Australia. Warner hit 10 fours in this innings. With this innings, he made some great records while answering the critics. Let’s have a look at these records-

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Most T20WC runs for Australia

538 – David Warner*

537 – Shane Watson
437 – Michael Hussey

Highest 50+ scores in T20Is

29 – Kohli
26 – Rohit
22 – Babri
20 – Warner*
20 – P Sterling

Highest 50+ scores for Australia in World Cup tournaments

11 – David Warner*
11 – Ricky Ponting
11 – Shane Watson
10 – Steve Smith

Highest 50+ scores in T20I chases

18 – Kohli
13 – Warner*
10 – Rohit
10 – P Sterling

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