David Warner is one of the finest all-format batsmen in current generation with exceptional records in all 3 formats.
The belligerent opener who has taken an extended break post early May and is now getting ready to play in the IPL has 7000 plus Test runs at 48 average and nearly 5500 runs at 45 average and 96 strike rate in ODIs . Warner has another 2200 plus runs at 139 strike rate and 31 average in T20Is and 5447 runs at 140 strike rate and 42 average in IPL. Outstanding figures those.
Warner is a very popular figure in India and has got a strong fanbase largely derived from his Sunrisers Hyderabad connections. Also, that fanbase has increased manifold with his mimicking of many Bollywood and South Indian film dance numbers. He has produced a lot of Instagram videos showing his dancing capabilities to the tune of Indian film music during lockdown periods and that has endeared him to his fans and enhanced his fanbase even further.
Recently in an Instagram chat few weeks back , Warnet was asked to name his top 5 Indian batsmen. He came up with the below names :
Sachin Tendulkar: According to Warner, Sachin remains the greatest batsman the game has produced, playing for 24 long years and smashing records for fun
VVS Laxman: Warner said that Laxman was an artist who kept the fans spellbound with his exquisite strokeplay and timing and played several clutch knocks under extreme pressure particularly vs Australia especially his 281 against the Aussies at Eden Gardens in 2001 when India was forced to follow on remains one of the greatest-ever knocks played in Test cricket.
Virat Kohli: Warner said that Kohli just like Sachin has established himself as one of the greatest batters in modern times due to his amazing consistency and drive to become the best of his version.
Rohit Sharma: Warner regards him as a modern-day great in white-ball format who makes batting look so effortless when in full flow.
Rishabh Pant: The 5th choice was a surprise. Having seen Dravid and Sehwag, Warner stunningly picked Rishabh Pant as the 5th best. Warner said Pant is the present and the future of Indian cricket and played two of the greatest 4th innings knocks ….97 at SCG and 89 notout at Gabba . His Gabba knock giving India a famous victory to win the series 2-1.