David Warner became the first man to play international cricket for Australia before playing a First-Class match since 1877, and he did more than enough to justify his selection. He smashed 89 from 43 in his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut against South Africa in 2009.

There was no looking back for the hard-hitting batsman as he found himself at the centre of the lucrative T20 leagues. Fondly called ‘Lloyd’, Warner justified his nickname as he can be destructive as the West Indian destructive left-hander Clive Lloyd. In fact, he could also play an array of improvising strokes.

In a T20I against India in Sydney played in 2012, Warner stunned everyone with an unusual hit. Ravichandran Ashwin bowled down the leg and in a usual scenario it would have been a wide, but Warner took it from outside the left-hander’s leg stump, switched to a right-hander and cleared what was a left-handers’ deep extra cover for a 100 meters six!

The ‘switch hit’ is a modern cricket shot popularised by England’s Kevin Pietersen and ever since it was first played, there’s been a debate over its legitimacy. What made Warner’s shot incredible was unlike most switch hits; Warner didn’t use the pace of the bowler. The shot he smacked would even have been difficult for a right-hander to execute.

When Warner was 13, his coach was concerned that he hit too many balls in the air and as a remedy he suggested the batsman to bat one season right-handed, which would improve the strength of Warner’s left hand (which would be his bottom hand). The early practice as a right-hander may be one of the reasons of him being this destructive as a right-hander too.

Warner also cleared the myth that T20 players couldn’t be successful in Test cricket. He has had a impeccable start to his Test career, where he has 12 hundreds from 36 Tests and averages over 48!