Warner silences critics with a super gig at T20 WC
Australian batsman Steve Smith said opener David Warner entered the ICC Men's T20 World Cup with great intent when people wrote him off after a subpar game in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2021. Warner was named an ICC Men's T20 World Cup player after the left-handed man scored 289 runs, and he also played a crucial knock in the tournament's final against New Zealand with 53 runs, giving his team a full eight-wicket win.
"It means a lot. We've worked hard for a long time and it's an honor to be here with the guys and take the trophy home with us. Warner's last two weeks have been amazing. Lots of people wrote him off. He came" with extraordinary intent in and took the game away at the beginning, "said Smith after the game. Warner has been dropped from the team by his IPL franchise SunRisers Hyderabad and some have questioned his selection in the Australian line-up.
Commenting on Australia's victory, pacemaker Mitchell Starc said: “It wasn't an ideal run-up. But this was the next one the boys had and it showed in the way we played our cricket. Different guys in different games and being close to the guys got us through. Zampa has been by far the best bowler in the white ball for the past two years. We know how to bow to him. The bowling group just knows our roles much more clearly. "
After winning the men's ICC T20 World Cup, Australian skipper Aaron Finch said he couldn't believe people started writing off Warner before the tournament started. Finch also said Warner thrives when people start doubting his ability, bat in hand. "I can't believe people wrote him off and said Warner was done. Then he played his best cricket. It was almost like being hit in the bear. For me the player of the tournament (Zampa). Mitch Marsh - what a way to start his "innings today. Wade came into this game with a cloud of injuries but got a job done. Stoinis did the deal, "Finch said during the post-game presentation.
Mitchell Marsh and Warner played 77 and 53, respectively, when Australia defeated New Zealand in the T20 World Cup final for their first title in the shortest format.