The entire cricketing world has seen emergence of a gem in the third Test against India at WACA, Perth on January 13, 2012, in the shape of David Warner as the entire media in Australia was claiming him as the re-born of another jewel in the Cricket Australia, Adam Gilchrist.
Warner smashed herculean 104 runs and created his name in the history books while becoming the only opener who smashed century in 69 balls. The quick fired century included three skied sixes and 13 bullet like fours. He mesmerised the Indian attack with his thunderbolts and they were in fact trying to escape from him. The master blaster appeared on the scene just after the tea interval when the visitors were bowled out by the determined express attack of the home side at 161 runs.
The left hand thriller continued with his thunderous batting on the second day of the Test and finally India had a sigh of relief when he was caught by Umesh Yadav on the bowling of Ishant Sharma. His torturing 180 runs innings comprised five towering sixes and 20 rolling fires out of the rope. Quite a few newspapers have complimented his fiery innings by commenting as, “An awe-inspiring David Warner has all but driven the final nail in the coffin of India’s sorry tour of Australia. India might as well hand over the Border-Gavaskar Trophy now.”
Gilchrist smashed 102 runs off mere 59 balls with the assistance of four sixes and 12 fours against their arch rivals England at the same venue in December, 2006. Australia went on to win the third Test by 206 runs and they white washed the five match Ashes series 5-0.
Another newspaper acknowledged the blistering innings of Warner while by comparing him with Gilchrist as,
“It might have been Adam Gilchrist reborn as David Warner smashed the fastest century ever by a Test opener, taking the long handle to an Indian attack short on heart and answers. Not since Gilchrist smashed the fastest Ashes ton ever off just 57 balls on the same ground five years ago, has an Australian ever cut so loose in Test cricket.”
David Andrew Warner was born on October 27, 1986, in Paddington, New South Wales, a left hand opening batsman and an occasional leg break bowler. He has played for Australia, Australia Under-19’s, New South Wales, Australia A, Delhi Dare devils, Sydney Thunder, Middlesex and Durham.
Warner is an attacking batsman by nature and never compromises against any type of bowling around the globe. He made his impact on the international circuit by his forceful batting in the shorter versions of the game and made his debut in Twenty20 match against South Africa on January 11, 2009.
He has played 29 matches, scored 775 runs at an average of 26.72 runs, the best of 89 with five fifties.
The left hander took part in 10 One Day Internationals, scored 210 runs averaging 21.00, the best of 74 with two fifties.
The 25-year-old was handed over the green baggy Cap in the Test cricket on December 1, 2011, against New Zealand at Brisbane and since then he has not let down the national selectors.
He has played four matches prior to the on-going Test at Perth, scored 203 runs at an average of 40.60 with a century against the Kiwi’s.
Warner is an emerging youngster on the horizon of international cricket and has ringed the bell for the bowling attack of the world by his brilliant innings of 180 runs against India at pert. Cricket Australia has found a solid opener who will be serving them for a long time to come and will always reminds them of the glorious Gilchrist.