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Updated January 7th, 2024 at 12:36 IST

'He is a huge fighter.'-AB de Villiers commends David Warner's persistence amid controversies

The star opener, David Warner, retires from Test and ODI cricket after an illustrious career, earning accolades from AB de Villiers for his resilience.

Aryan Suraj Chadha
David Warner and AB de Villiers
David Warner and AB de Villiers | Image:BCCI
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AB de Villiers has complimented David Warner, describing the Australian opener as a tenacious warrior throughout his career. According to de Villiers, despite multiple issues, Warner continually found methods to make comebacks.  David Warner just announced his retirement from Test cricket following the completion of the series against Pakistan. In addition, he had previously announced his retirement from One Day International (ODI) cricket, marking his final participation in the 2023 World Cup final. Warner's decision to retire from both the Test and One-Day International formats marks the end of an important and exciting international cricket career.

3 things you need to know

  • David Warner has officially retired from Test and ODI cricket
  • Warner made his last Test appearance against Pakistan in the 3rd match of the series
  • Warner made his last ODI appearance against India in the ODI World Cup final

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AB de Villiers believes David Warner is a ‘fighter’

During Australia's successful ODI World Cup campaign in India, David Warner emerged as the team's top run scorer. Warner is receiving recognition from a multitude of places; AB de Villiers has just offered his most recent honour. On his YouTube channel, the former captain of South Africa, who played alongside Warner for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, showed his respect for the Australian opener.

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De Villiers praised Warner's steady play and called him a fantastic player from the start of his career. Warner has established himself as one of the greatest performers in cricket history, according to the former Delhi Daredevils buddy. De Villiers, who described him as a fighter who constantly managed to pull off comebacks, also commended Warner's tenacity, demonstrating his resolve and talent on the cricket pitch. AB de Villiers said:

“I had played with David Warner at the Delhi Daredevils. He was a fantastic player right from the word go and he has put up his hand for one of the best all-round cricketers of all time. Went through a lot of controversies as well but always found a way to come back. He is a huge fighter.”

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David Warner ended his career in style

Warner played a brave innings in his final Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, scoring 57 runs before being bowled out by Pakistan's Sajid Khan. A standing ovation rang out as he exited the pitch, marking the end of an important chapter in Australian cricket history. Warner finished his Test career on a high note and left a lasting impact; his crucial contribution helped Australia win the series 3-0.

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The star opener ended an incredible 112-match Test career in which he scored 8,786 runs at an average of little over 44. His stellar record of 26 hundreds and 37 half-centuries confirms his place among cricket's greatest performers.

 

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Published January 7th, 2024 at 12:36 IST

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