David Warner on cusp of joining elite list featuring Virat Kohli and Babar Azam in T20Is

The scenic Perth Stadium is gearing up to witness what could be a historic moment in T20 International cricket as Australia takes on West Indies for their third and final T20I on Tuesday (February 13). Although the series result has been settled, fans and pundits alike are keenly anticipating a personal landmark for the dynamic Australian opener, David Warner.

Fresh off celebrating his 100th T20I outing in the series’ opening match, Warner joined the pantheon of cricketers such as India’s Virat Kohli and New Zealand’s Ross Taylor who’ve had the honor of participating in a century of matches across all three formats. His celebratory performance was as impactful as it was memorable, as he carved out a magnificent 70 from just 35 deliveries. With this innings, Warner made history as the first player to notch up a half-century in his milestone matches in each format of international cricket.

Yet, Warner’s appetite for records seems insatiable. Heading into the series finale with the Windies, he stands a mere 14 runs shy of an awe-inspiring 3,000 runs in T20 Internationals. Achieving this in Perth would place Warner in an elite group, becoming only the second Australian—after compatriot Aaron Finch—and the seventh player globally to reach this T20I batting summit.

Eyeing not just the milestone but also the manner of its attainment, if Warner can amass 36 runs in the match, he’ll surpass Indian captain Rohit Sharma as the fifth fastest to reach the 3,000-run mark. This would solidify Warner’s reputation for not only prolific run-scoring but also for doing so with a rapidity matched by few. The record for the swiftest to 3,000 T20I runs is held by India’s Virat Kohli and closely followed by Pakistan’s Babar Azam, both having taken only 81 innings, with Aaron Finch (98 innings) and Martin Guptill of New Zealand (101 innings) trailing behind.

Warner, however, is no stranger to shattering batting records. As he steps out to bat against the Caribbean side, he is simultaneously on the cusp of aggregating 12,000 runs in the T20 format—an astonishing accomplishment that encapsulates his dominance across international and domestic circuits. With an additional 48 runs, he will join an elite cadre of batsmen who have towered over the game’s brevity.

In the context of individual glory, nothing fuels competitive fire like surpassing contemporaries. Therefore, another subplot to Warner’s narrative is the likelihood of him overtaking Virat Kohli on the leaderboard of most T20 runs scored at all levels. He requires just 43 runs to move ahead of Kohli, a target that, given his current form, appears well within his striking distance.

Alex Hales of England is the most recent batsman to edge past Kohli in the T20 run-scoring charts, albeit while the Indian phenom has taken a hiatus from the format. It’s a testament to the changing guard within the shortest version of the game, where new challengers continue to mount the summit previously held by established stars.

As Warner’s bat continues to blaze trails, the cricketing world watches on with bated breath, eager to celebrate yet another triumph for the powerhouse left-hander from Down Under. Beyond the statistics and the milestones lies the story of a cricketer who, with each game, cements his legacy as one of the most exhilarating and effective batsmen of modern T20 cricket. All eyes now turn to Perth, where the Australian opener could once again rewrite the record books and further establish his place among the greats of the game.

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