David Warner gifts Man of the Match: Australian opener gives his Man of the Match award to a
young Australian supporter proceeding the match.
To say it’s been an arduous year for David Warner would be a colossal understatement. The Australian opener who was banned for one year by Cricket Australia alongside Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft for an unsavoury ball tampering incident against South Africa in the test series has been constantly reminded of the incident by English supporters.
Pertinent jeering and chants of cheat have been a regular feature which Warner and Smith have had to endure this World Cup given the host country is their oldest and feistiest rival in the cricketing fraternity. However, despite facing consistent jibes and backlash for his gaffe, Warner has been quick to redeem himself this showpiece tournament with some stellar performances from his bat.
David Warner gifts Man of the Match
And on Wednesday, the opener won hearts not only with his match winning 107-run innings but his luscious gesture following the culmination of Australia’s encounter against Pakistan. In a video that has surfaced on Cricket World Cup’s official Twitter account, Warner is seen handing over his Man of the Match award and trophy over to a young Australian supporter who had stayed way past the match to cheer on his country.
Walking to greet the boisterous Australian supporters who despite being way outnumbered by Pakistan supporters refused to quell their rapturous support, Warner spotted an Australian kid waiting patiently with his father. After initially signing the Australian kit the kid had, Warner subsequently handed over his signed man of the match award to the supporter
“I [feel] really awesome. It is really good. We were just waving the flag and he just came over and gave it to us,” the youngster said in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of the World Cup. The kid went on to add that he was a massive Warner supporter and the gesture by the player made his day.
Ever since the incident has been doing the rounds on Twitter, people have welcomed the heartening act of the opener with video being retweeted several times. Moments like these are what make cricket the gentlemen’s game and its heart-warming to see cricketers take the time out and appreciate the boisterous support base who match in and match out come out to cheer their side on.
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David Warner made this young Australia fan’s day by giving him his Player of the Match award after the game 🏆
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 12, 2019
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