David Warner © Getty Images
David Warner © Getty Images

Born, October 27, 1986, David Andrew WarnerAustralia’s ‘Reverend’ is known for his attacking batting style. The left-handed opener is also the vice-captain of the team in both Tests and One-Day Internationals (ODIs). Besides cricket, Warner is known for making headlines with his on-and-off-the-field controversies. On his birthday, Ankit Banerjee and Abhishek Kumar look at 17 interesting things to get a proper insight on Australia’s swashbuckling batsman life.

1. Child prodigy

At an early age of just five, Warner joined the coastal cricket club (Eastern suburbs of Sydney, Australia) in the under-8 team. He was extremely talented since his childhood days and dominated in the junior games and competitions.

2. From Left to right and then right to left

When he was 13-year old, Warner was asked by his coach to switch to right-handed batting as he used to hit every ball in the air. But after a season, he once again started playing with his natural batting style with left hand.

3. Direct entry to top-flight cricket

On January 11, 2009, when Warner made his international debut at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), he became the first player in 132 years to represent the national team in any format without playing any First-Class match. He scored 89 off just 43 balls against South Africa in his debut match.

4. Fight with Joe Root

In 2003, David Warner punched Joe Root in an ugly brawl in a Birmingham bar. Several theories floated as being the moot cause behind the fight; the most ridiculous reason was presented by the protagonist who said he could not tolerate the latter making bad remarks about Hashim Amla. Root apparently had got a green and gold wig and put it on his chin which Warner thought was mocking Amla.

5. The writer in Warner

Warner is multi-faceted as well; he is the proud author of the book ‘The Kaboom Kid- The big switch’.

6. Carries bat in fourth innings

David Warner has accomplished a unique feat by carrying his bat all the way through in the fourth innings of a Test. The Test match was played at Hobart against Trans-Tasmanian rivals New Zealand in the year 2011. With this, he made it to the exclusive club which has riches like MH Dekkar, Geoffrey Boycott, WM Lawry, GM Turner and WM Woodfull, who apparently has done it twice.

7. Spat with Rohit Sharma

In more recent times, David Warner got into a spat with Rohit Sharma at the MCG earlier this year during the tri-nation ODI series featuring India. Warner was charged 50 percent of his match fee.

8. Nicknames

David Warner is nicknamed Lloyd, Mario, the Bull, the Cannon and now ‘The Reverend’.

9. Yellow card

He is brash and on the face, very often spewing venom on his opponents that has been his record even off-the-field he has featured in brawls and hence Martin Crowe recommended that they have yellow and red cards like soccer to maintain the on-field decorum. The major cause of the yellow card debate is David Warner for certain.

10. Favourites

David Warner, who loves to watch a lot of English films, feels Jennifer Aniston is his favourite actress. The drop-dead gorgeous actress also happens to be his first crush. The Top Gun is Warner’s favourite film which features superstar Tom Cruise in the lead and Tony Scott helming the project. Lastly, colour blue happens to be his favourite.

11. Wife

Warner is married to a surf-life saver, iron-woman and model Candice Falzon. They have a loving daughter in Ivy Mae and the Warner household travels a lot exemplifying a happy family life.

12. Twitter spat with Brett Geeves

Warner once got into a war on Twitter after his country-mate Brett Geeves tweeted, “Any young children that saw D Warners reaction after hitting Hilf for biggest 6 ever – take that as an example of humility gone wrong (sic).” Warner took offense to this as his ethics were being questioned. Warner in his tweet mentioned that it was bad to see his own teammates not liking him.

13. Horse race

Can you imagine a player of the stature of David Warner missing out on a cricket match to watch horse racing? Unbelievable as it may seem, it did happen. It was a club match he had to play for Sydney’s Grade cricket which he missed and was soon reprimanded for this.

14. Is Jonathan Trott weak?

Well that is exactly what Warner reckoned. He once said during an Ashes Test that, ‘It does look like they’ve got scared eyes at the moment, and the way that Trotty got out today was pretty poor and pretty weak.’  His comments hinted at the period of play when Mitchell Johnson was firing all guns at Trott.

15. IPL 2016 champion

Warner led the Sunrisers Hyderabad side once again in IPL 2016. Not only captained but his side also won the tournament by beating Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore side in the final. Beside captaincy, Warner as batsman was the second highest run-scorer in the tournament with 848 runs to his name.

16. Captained Australian ODI side

After being whitewashed by Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, Australian board decided to call back their One-Day captain Steven Smith after playing two matches of the series and David Warner was appointed to lead the side in rest three games. In those three games, Australia won all the matches under Warner, followed by two T20I wins as well.

17. Numerous records in 2016 in ODIs

In 2016, Warner levels the record for most hundreds by an Australian in a calendar year by making five centuries in 2016. Also, he is the leading run-scorer this year with 1,089 runs so far. During Australia’s tour of South Africa, Warner registered another record by collecting 386 runs in the series, which is the most on a losing cause in bilateral One-Day series. In the fifth match of that series, Warner scored 173 but still ended up being on the losing side — which was the fourth highest individual score in a One-Day match on a losing cause. His 173 is also the highest score by a batsman without any six in a One-Day match.