IPL 2017: Sunrisers Hyderabad Skipper David Warner Sets A New Milestone To Join Chris Gayle
In the ongoing tenth edition’s lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL), on Saturday night, Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner has completed his 600-plus runs in this season after scoring 848 runs at the staggering average of 60.57 in 2016, in which he smashed nine fifties as well to see Hyderabad lift the coveted title for the first time in IPL history as a skipper for Hyderabad-based outfit would be giving hundred percent to defend their title in IPL 2017.
With this grand performance, Warner became the second player to register 600-plus on the trot (twice or more) in the history of IPL in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
While continuing his rich form in Twenty20 league, so far in 14 matches the left-handed batsman and Orange Cap holder Warner has scored 604 runs at an average of 60.40 which included a fine hundred and four fifties as his strike-rate is 144.84.
Warner, who has played a pivotal role for the team which has a decent bowling line-up at the helm, would be aiming to score big in the playoffs after gaining 17 points in 14 matches when they beat Gujarat Lions at Green Park in Kanpur.
Interestingly, it was their second win on the road after routing Kings XI Punjab in Mohali which further saw Warner posting a sublime fifty alongside Vijay Shankar, who came as a replacement for Yuvraj Singh.
It was West Indies” Chris Gayle, who smashed 600-plus runs in three consecutive seasons in 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively.
In 2011 he scored 608, followed by 733 in 2012 and 708 in 2013.
After making his IPL debut in 2009, Warner has played 113 matches in which he has amassed 3977 runs at an average of 40.58 which included three hundreds and 36 fifties.
It becomes pertinent Warner, who was struggling with the form in the Border-Gavaskar series – made a merry run in the IPL which further shows how he has shown his application on the field.
After his first five seasons went as an average, given to his ability, he went to score 500-plus runs in his last four seasons since 2014.
Since the seventh edition of IPL, Warner is averaging 52.95 in which he has amassed 2,542 runs with the strike-rate of 148.57.
The aggressive batsman is just 23 runs away to cross past 4,000-run mark in IPL and interestingly, he would become a first overseas player to achieve this feat.
Earlier, Suresh Raina has amassed 4,540 runs; Virat Kohli posted 4,360 runs followed by Rohit Sharma’s 4,156 and Gautam Gambhir’s 4,088 runs so far in the history of IPL.
However, Warner would become the first player, who is averaging over 40 in this category in IPL.
With having one more match to play with, Warner has the chance to lead his Orange side again – to give another shot to the coveted trophy as they’ll be looking defend the title this time around.
However, the table would be decided on May 14 in when Rising Supergiant will take on Kings XI Punjab in Pune.
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