The Aussie batsman famous for his attacking style comprised of huge hits who is also the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s skipper has consistently been in good form and his breathtaking performances in the IPL, have been witnessed every now and then, leaving an impact of awe on the cricket fans who happen to love this game like a religion.
David Warner leading the SRH side like a stallion throughout this competition has compelled us to see how he is a talent in this season like no other. Taking SRH from “single handed” wins to “never say give up” will power after lost matches, this man came to lead for the first time, saw the game, understood the value and conquered hearts like a true champion. And somewhere between these strong optimistic factors and by bringing the team to the finals of the Vivo IPL, this man has earned the respect of a lot of people.
Yesterday’s match which marked the 2nd qualifier was all sorts of justification this man has given to the field of cricket and to the field of sportsmanship. With the Gujarat Lions setting up a score of 162/7 (20 overs) it was surely not a one sided affair for any of the teams but this match being of utmost importance to both the teams, pitched in all the might they had. And a score as big as 162/7 (20 overs), which was needed to be chased by the SRH and at the same time being the most crucial game which needed to be won by both the teams, added an enormous gush of pressure on the SRH. It was indeed in need of one of those performances which might inscribe itself in the pages of IPL history forever.
This man standing and taking up the responsibility from the very beginning irrespective of the wickets falling, the pressure inflicted and aiming for the winning runs was a win in itself when it all turned into an official statement, “Warner’s knock of 93* off 58 balls makes SRH to step into the finals”.
In this process of the criss cross of striking and bowling, Warner ended up breaking his records in the IPL.
779 runs–The number of runs scored by David Warner in IPL-9 so far from 16 innings, the second most by any player in IPL-9 and in a single season of IPL after Virat Kohli. This is also the second most by a captain in a T20 series after Virat Kohli.
468 runs–The number of runs scored by David Warner in IPL-9 while chasing from 8 innings, the most by any player in a single season of IPL while chasing.
93* runs–The number of runs made by David Warner against Gujarat Lions in the second qualifier match of IPL-9 while chasing a target, the most by any player in successful chases in IPL play-offs. This is also the highest score made by an SRH batsman in an innings in IPL history which makes it one of the best in this format of the game.
5 90+ innings–This being the 5th innings in which David Warner has scored 90 runs or more in an IPL innings, is the most by any batsman. Interestingly, whenever the Aussie run maker has notched 90 runs, his team has always been victorious.
1st final ever–Sunrisers Hyderabad will play their first ever final of IPL on May 29 against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Bangalore after snatching the ticket to the final from Gujarat Lions by a 4 wickets victory in the second qualifier match at New Delhi.
David Warner being an integral match winner and consistently pulling off great innings despite the odd situations a few times his team gets into, surely reflects the valor of winning with which he steps on the field and leaves the viewers and spectators in a struck of admiration and respect towards his dedication and contribution to the sports.
Throughout this long journey of the IPL during which the team hasn’t ever felt the lack of good captaincy and a promising run chaser, makes us say, “David Warner, you are bringing the real deal to the IPL.”
Like the stats and records screaming the affirmation of David Warner’s capabilities, it is sure that the final will be a big fight for the Virat Kohli led clan, RCB, and it will require every ounce of match winning energy unit to overpower for the throne of this year’s Vivo IPL.