Australian batsman David Warner has made a tremendous comeback to cricket and won the prestigious Allan Border Medal on Monday (February 10).
Warner, alongside Steve Smith, made a successful return to the sport last year after completing their year-long ban after the International Cricket Council (ICC) termed him guilty in the ball-tampering saga.
Just a year after his return to full-fledged cricket, the 33-year-old has now bagged the Allan Border Medal with 194 votes and was named Australia’s Best Male Cricketer Of The Year.
The Aussie opener has been in top form for his side and recently went past former greats Sir Don Bradman (334) and Mark Taylor’s (334*) innings score with his record-breaking unbeaten knock of 335 runs in Tests against Pakistan back in November.
Warner was extremely emotional while receiving the prestigious award and broke into tears while giving his speech.
“I realized a lot of things during that time off that we don’t actually understand or realize when we’re in this bubble, the importance of what this game is and the smiles on the faces that we bring to a lot of people,” Warner said.
“Having three daughters at home, looking up to guys like ‘Smithy’, ‘Cummo’ — playing cricket in the backyard they’re yelling out Virat Kohli’s name — but these are the smiles on kids’ faces that we put on.”
“Obviously there’s a lot of thank yous — I’m going to miss a lot of people — but first and foremost my mum and dad. I know I’ve let you guys down in the past but you guys always stuck … by my side, and I really appreciate that. And my brother,” he added.
“My wife … as I said before, my rock. You’re absolutely amazing. I don’t know what can ever break you. You’re absolutely fantastic.”
“You’re an inspiration, not just to me but to the girls. It’s hard for a man to stand up here and say a lot of nice words about people, but you always seem to bring the best out of me and the kindness of my heart. I can’t thank you enough for what you do for me and our family. I love you dearly,” he concluded.
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Courtesy : DNA