The year is getting just better and better for David Warner ever since his one-year ban for the ball-tampering scandal came to an end earlier this year. The southpaw has not looked back since returning to this year’s Indian Premier League. In just 12 matches, he scored 592 runs to finish the competition as its highest run-scorer.
Warner’s form in the ongoing World Cup is even better. He did face some criticism for his slow fifty in the defeat to India but has looked in ominous form otherwise. On Thursday, he added yet another feather to his cap by becoming the first-ever player to score two 150-plus scores in World Cup. He achieved the feat in the ongoing game against Bangladesh in Nottingham.
The left-handed batsman slammed a majestic 166 before falling to a soft dismissal off Soumya Sarkar. Warner’s knock came off 147 deliveries and was studded with 14 fours and 5 sixes. Warner and Australia skipper Aaron Finch once again gave their side a solid start by adding 121 runs for the opening wicket. Soumya Sarkar ended the stand by dismissing Finch for 53.
But it did not bring any respite for Bangladesh as Warner and Usman Khawaja stitched together another huge stand. The two added 121 runs before Warner departed. Khawaja, on the other hand, departed after scoring 89.
Talking about Warner’s record, he is now the only player with two 15-plus scores in World Cups. His pervious 150-plus score came in the last World Cup when he slammed 178 against Afghanistan in Perth. The first player to score more than 150 in a World Cup match was Glenn Turner when he scored an unbeaten 171 against East Africa in the inaugural World Cup in 1975.
New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, meanwhile, holds the record for the highest score in World Cup. He scored a majestic 237 not out against West Indies in the 2015 World Cup. Warner’s 166 is the eleventh biggest score in World Cups.
Here is a list showing players with 150-plus scores in World Cup:
|Martin Guptill (NZ)||237*||24||11||v West Indies||Wellington||21 Mar 2015|
|Chris Gayle (WI)||215||10||16||v Zimbabwe||Canberra||24 Feb 2015|
|Gary Kirsten (SA)||188*||13||4||v U.A.E.||Rawalpindi||16 Feb 1996|
|Sourav Ganguly (INDIA)||183||17||7||v Sri Lanka||Taunton||26 May 1999|
|Viv Richards (WI)||181||16||7||v Sri Lanka||Karachi||13 Oct 1987|
|David Warner (AUS)||178||19||5||v Afghanistan||Perth||4 Mar 2015|
|Kapil Dev (INDIA)||175*||16||6||v Zimbabwe||Tunbridge Wells||18 Jun 1983|
|Virender Sehwag (INDIA)||175||14||5||v Bangladesh||Dhaka||19 Feb 2011|
|Craig Wishart (ZIM)||172*||18||3||v Namibia||Harare||10 Feb 2003|
|Glenn Turner (NZ)||171*||16||2||v East Africa||Birmingham||7 Jun 1975|
|David Warner (AUS)||166||14||5||v Bangladesh||Nottingham||20 Jun 2019|