Australian opener David Warner on Sunday bagged the player of the tournament in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.
Australia thumped trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand with an eight-wicket victory to clinch their maiden T20 World Cup final at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Australia win their maiden T20 World Cup
After being set for a target of 173 to chase in the T20 World Cup final, Warner along with Perth batter Mitchell Marsh laid the foundation for Australia to script a spectacular partnership of 92 runs.
New Zealand pacer Trent Boult got rid of Australian skipper Aaron Finch in the third over. Warner was joined by Marsh and before New Zealand could capitalise on the situation, the duo took their bowlers to cleaners with Marsh being the wrecker in chief.
Warner, using his bottom-hand power, hit Ish Sodhi for a six straight down the pitch to score 17 runs of the leg-spinner’s over.
Warner was elegant and calculative throughout his innings which fetched him four boundaries and three sixes.
Warner scored 53 off 38 balls at the strike rate of 139.47 before he was bowled by Boult in the 13th over.
Candice Warner hits out at David Warner’s critics
Warner took his tally to 289 runs from seven innings in the tournament, ending as the second-highest run-scorer behind Pakistan skipper Babar Azam (303).
Just before the tournament, Warner was going through a lean patch with his batting performance. He was stripped from Sunrisers Hyderabad’s captaincy in IPL followed by him being axed from the team in the latter phase of the tournament.
Candice Warner, the wife of the Australian opener, hit back at her husband’s critics after Australia’s incredible win in the final.
“Out of form, too old and slow! congratulations @davidwarner31,” Candice tweeted.
Warner made three half-centuries with his 89 against West Indies was the highest score for the southpaw in this tournament.