David Warner was rewarded with the Man of the Tournament award as he ended up as Australia‘s leading run-scorer – and second only to Babar Azam – helping his side to their maiden T20 World Cup title as Australia defeated New Zealand in the final by 8 wickets.
The left-hander scored 289 runs at an average of 48, while striking at 146. He struck three fifties in the tournament, including a crucial knock of 53 runs off 38 balls in the final to set up for Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell’s late assault.
David Warner came into the tournament after a torrid time in the IPL and then two single-digit scored in warm-ups. But, he went back to his basics, and carted around runs for his side, crucially in the semi-final and final.
“Always felt really well. Didn’t get much time in the middle in the two practice matches obviously. But for me, it was about going back to basics. Going too hard, synthetic wickets and try to hit some balls,” David Warner said at the post-match presentation.
Just great to see the guys deliver: David Warner
David Warner was part of the 2010 T20 World Cup final when Australia lost to England. Now he has won both, the ODI and T20 World titles.
The southpaw lauded his teammates for their brilliant showing throughout the tournament. He stated that he and his team, who had lost 5 consecutive T20I series before the World Cup, wanted to put on a memorable show for their fans. And they did.
“Definitely up there with 2015. Being part of the World Cup final against England a decade ago definitely hurt. These guys are a great bunch of guys. Great support staff, great team, great support back home. Just wanted to put on a great spectacle for everyone. Bit of nerves around with a good score on the board. Just great to see the guys deliver,” the opener added.
Mitchell Marsh was the Man of the Match for his stunning 50-ball 70 in the Final.