David Andrew Warner was born on October 27, 1986, in Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales. He is an Australian international cricketer and a former captain of the Australian national team.
David’s parents hardly managed to fulfil the basic needs of their children. David continued to play cricket throughout his childhood and his teens. Living in a ‘Housing Commission’ apartment, David also started working part-time when he was in school. He sold newspapers during the weekends in order to attend school camps.
By 2008, David had begun playing domestic cricket for New South Wales. Before he made his first-class debut in March 2009, David had already played international matches for the Australian team. He became the first Australian cricketer in 132 years to be selected for a national team in any format without experience in first-class cricket. Warner is a left-handed opening batsman and former captain of the national side in ODI and T20I cricket.
Playing for ‘New South Wales’ in domestic tournaments, David scored 197 runs off 141 balls, hitting 20 fours and 10 sixes. This was the highest individual score ever achieved in Australian one-day domestic cricket. Warner’s aggregate of 311 runs in the final of CB series against Sri Lanka cricket team is the highest ever for the finals of an Australian Tri-Series.
He is the first Australian batsman to score 7 ODI centuries in a calendar year. He is also the first Australian to reach 1,500 T20I runs. David Warner became the first batsman to ever score three centuries at The WACA. His 23 ball half-century is the fastest by an Australian in Test cricket. On 27 September 2017, he became the first batsman to score a century in his 100th ODI.
Warner is the fourth player to win the Allan Border Medal more than once and also win the award in consecutive years. He won it in 2016 and 2017. He was also awarded Australia’s ODI Player of the Year award in 2017.
Warner made his ODI debut in 2009 against South Africa. Warner scored his first ODI century in the first final of the CB series against Sri Lanka. Warner continued his good performance in the 2015 Cricket World Cup. He scored 178 runs against Afghanistan, his highest score in ODI and helped Australia cricket team to score the highest team total in any World Cup. In 2016 Warner scored more runs in ODI than Test and was named in the World ODI XI by ICC in 2016 and 2017. Warner led his team for the first time during the 2016 ODI series against Sri Lanka.
Known around the world as one of the most aggressive top-order batsmen, David Warner has destroyed bowling attacks over the years. He has been the vice-captain of the Test and ODI national team between 2015 and 2018.
In his ODI career, David has played 106 international matches to date and has scored 4,343 runs, with an average of 43.43. He has scored 14 centuries and 17 half-centuries, with his highest ODI score being 179 runs.
David is an also an exceptional ‘IPL’ player. Initially, he played for the team ‘Delhi Daredevils,’ but since 2014, he has been playing as a top–order batsman for ‘Sunrisers Hyderabad.’ With 4,014 ‘IPL’ runs, he holds the record for the highest-scoring international player in the league.
However, the ball-tampering scandal had him banned from playing all forms of cricket in 2018. Thus, he did not play in the ‘IPL’ that year. He returned to ‘Sunrisers Hyderabad’ in 2019. Warner has been part of a fair share of controversies, the ball-tampering incident in 2018 is the biggest of them.
In April 2019, Warner was selected for the 2019 World Cup squad. During the World Cup, he became the first batsman to score two 150+ runs in the Cricket World Cup. He also reached the 1300 runs in international cricket during the tournament. He finished the tournament as the second-highest run-scorer behind Rohit Sharma.