Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner is all set to reach the landmark of 4,000 runs in the Indian Premier League and is just 23 runs away from achieving the feat. Warner crossed the 600-run mark this season with his splendid 69-run knock which helped his side defeat Gujarat Lions yesterday.
David Warner could become the first overseas player to join the 4000-runs club with the likes of the Indian batsmen namely Suresh Raina(4,540), Virat Kohli(4,360) Rohit Sharma(4,156) and Gautam Gambhir(4,088). However, the striking feature that makes Warner shine in this illustrious club would be his average of 40 plus, that none of the other batsmen in the group have.
The splendid Warner has been impeccable in the 10th edition of Indian Premier League and has led his side from the front with his explosive performances with the bat. The Australian opener crossed the 600-run mark yesterday and became the second player in the history of the tournament to post back-to-back 600 runs seasons.
Warner came into the IPL on the back of a sub-par performance in the Test series against India but came out all-guns-blazing from the onset of the tournament. So far, Warner has scored 604 runs in the tournament with an average of over 60 and a strike rate of 144.84. This performance marks Warner's 4th consecutive brilliant run-scoring season.
Since the 7th edition of IPL in 2014 Warner has scored 2,542 runs at an average of 52.95, scored at a stunning strike rate of 148.57. The only player whose records could compete against the Australian's blistering run-scoring bonanza is Chris Gayle who put up scores of 608, 733 and 708 between 2011 and 2013.
Warner continued his scintillating performance this year and led his side to a victory yet again as he smashed his 4th half-century in the tournament en route an unbeaten 69 off 52 deliveries. The win also meant that the reigning champions could feature in their second consecutive final of the tournament.
The hard-hitting Australian tops the orange cap standings and his nearest threat is his SRH teammate Shikhar Dhawan with 468 runs. Warner shared his experience in the middle of the pitch as he powered his side to a victory last night.
"Shikhar got off to a flier but once he got out, I knew I had to play the anchor," he explained in the post-match presentation.
"To have the luxury to have guys come and rotate strike in the middle overs, we are very happy.With the way this wicket was, we knew this was going to be tough as the ball got older.", he added.
"When we lost two wickets, I was scratching my head but I spoke with Vijay (Shankar, who made 63no).The ball was moving a bit initially."
Warner will have at least one more match to add to his mammoth score of 604-runs so far when his SRH side plays a knockout match on Tuesday or Wednesday depending upon the results of the matches today.
India or West Indies? Who will win?
WI hold a 60-53 H2H advantage over IND historically but in last 10 completed games between them , IND have won 7. IND has also won all last 5 games at this venue.