Watch: David Warner mentions Virat Kohli and sheds tears while giving a speech after winning the Allan Border medal ahead of Steve Smith.
David Warner received the Allan Border medal after defeating Steve Smith (by 1 vote) and Pat Cummins, the award is given to the best male Australian cricketer in the calendar year, and this is the third time when Warner is getting the award.
While receiving the award, Warner got emotional after reflecting on an unpleasant time amidst his international ban and rough ashes series after returning into the team. Although he had an excellent World Cup in England by being the second-highest scorer of the tournament.
Meanwhile, he also named Indian skipper Virat Kohli along with his few teammates, while reflecting on the video of his daughters playing cricket at their backyard got viral.
“I realised a lot of things during that time off that we don’t actually understand or realise 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.
“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,” said David Warner.
He further thanked his parents, brother and wife for their support. And as he mentioned his wife, he broke down and also dropped the f-bomb while he was trying to keep his emotions in check.
“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.
“My wife … f*** … a s 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,” said David Warner.
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In 2020 also, Warner is going strong after scoring a stellar century against India during the ODI series between both nations. He will further return to India during the upcoming edition of IPL.