Sport is filled with stories of rising up from the ashes like a phoenix. They can be found in every nook and corner of the sports that we love. They portray acts of heroism from sportsmen about how they rose from tragedy to defy the odds. One such story is that David Warner- Australia’s swashbuckling power-hitter – a story that is exciting the latest new casino sites 2020 in the UK as he returns to form.
Warner’s story has been one of redemption and fighting to be one of the best in the game all over again.
The ball-tampering fiasco back in 2018 was believed to have wrecked not just Australian cricket and the game in general. It was seen as a hammer-blow for Warner, Steve Smith and Cameroon Bancroft, who had to leave the game on a temporary basis after the infamous incident in Cape Town. It was felt that their careers had been defamed forever and to some, there was little chance they would come back in the same way. Portals such as TopNewCasino.com were backing Australia to continue their progress without the shamed trio.
As a result of the ban, Warner missed IPL 2018. His brand ambassador contracts with LG Electronics and Asics were terminated, as a result of the defaming incident. Social media had been left ablaze by what had happened, with many putting Warner and Smith to shame. There was no hiding place for them.
While he had stepped down from the captaincy of Sunrisers Hyderabad for IPL 2018, the 2019 edition was his chance to come back and make an impact. There was no shortage of detractors as many thought he shouldn’t have been playing in the tournament. But for the third time in IPL history, Warner became the orange cap holder in the tournament by scoring 692 runs at an average of 69.20.
It was the second-highest tally of any edition for him, showing that he was back with a bang. Strangely enough, this allowed him a spot in the ICC World Cup of 2019 and it raised eyebrows too. About 15 months of what was being seen as a ‘disgrace’ to the game, Warner was back for the Aussies. The naysayers were at his and Smith’s back in England.
But to the surprise of many, something had changed in Warner. He was not that entertaining and swash-buckling hitter in the World Cup. The win over Afghanistan at Bristol was proof. Warner scored 89 off 114 deliveries- taking the Aussies to a win. But the manner of it was strange and slow- very unlike Warner.
While he was the Man of the Match against Afghanistan, he was the same against Pakistan in the third game of the series. He got a 107 against the men in a green and notched up 166 against Bangladesh. Against New Zealand, Warner scored his 13,000th run in international cricket to put the cherry on the cake for a sensational comeback tournament.
He scored as many as 647 runs in ten matches in the World Cup, finishing just behind Rohit Sharma. He had been booed multiple times by opposition fans, but had to fight through it and prove them wrong. Australia didn’t win the tournament, but Warner won many hearts with his fighting spirit.
While the Ashes of 2019 was a poor one for Warne and he got heavily criticised for scoring just only 95 runs over 10 innings, the series against Pakistan gave him the perfect chance. Stuart Broad got him out seven times in the Ashes, but the fighter in Warner was determined to come back strong once again.
Against Pakistan at home, Warner scored an unbeaten 335 to notch up the second-highest score in test match cricket for Australia- only behind Matthew Hayden.
All of it portrays the image of Warner being perhaps one of the most tenacious batsmen in cricket right now. The image of him grinding out on a consistent basis in the World Cup could well have been iconic, if the events of March 2018 hadn’t happened. But as fate has it, his name will always be linked with that incident. For historians, his abilities should be equally important.