Virat Kohli vs David Warner: Who is a More Destructive Batsman?
Virat Kohli and David Warner excel in all three formats as they can score quickly and play long innings too. Both have won many matches for their teams almost single-handedly. So, it has to be a close race between the two. In this article, we will analyse their performance in Tests, ODIs, T20Is and the IPL to decide who of the two is a better batsman.
Virat Kohli vs David Warner Stats
Let’s look at their achievements in three formats of cricket starting with Tests.
Comparison of Performance in Tests
Kohli has played 86 Tests and amassed 7,240 runs at an average of 53.62 and a scoring rate of 57.68 with 27 hundreds and 22 fifties.
Warner has appeared in 84 Tests, cracking 7,244 runs at an average of 48.94 and a scoring rate of 72.85 with 24 hundreds and 30 fifties.
Kohli has a higher average, while Warner scores at a much faster rate, so it can be called a tie in Tests.
Comparison of Performance in ODIs
Kohli has starred in 248 ODIs, smashing 11,867 runs at an average of 59.33 and a scoring rate of 93.25 with 43 hundreds and 58 fifties.
Warner has played 123 ODIs, clobbering 5,267 runs at an average of 45.80 and a scoring rate of 95.76 with 18 centuries and 21 half-centuries.
There is not much difference between their strike rates, whereas Kohli’s average is much higher, therefore, he can be considered the winner in ODIs.
Comparison of Performance in T20Is
Kohli has appeared in 82 T20Is, stroking 2,794 runs at an average of 50.80 and a strike rate of 138.24 with 24 fifties.
Warner has played 79 T20Is, cracking 2,207 runs at an average of 31.52 and a scoring rate of 140.48 with 1 hundred and 17 fifties.
In T20Is too their strike rates are almost the same, while Kohli’s average is much higher. So, he is a better performer in T20Is.
Virat Kohli vs David Warner in the IPL
In the IPL, Kohli has played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise from 2008 to 2019. In total, he has starred in 177 IPL matches, clobbering 5,412 runs at an average of 37.84 and a scoring rate of 131.61 with 5 hundreds and 36 fifties.
Warner has played for Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL. He has appeared in a total of 126 IPL games, smashing 4,706 runs at an average of 43.17 and a strike rate of 142.39 with 4 hundreds and 44 fifties.
Warner’s average and scoring rate are much higher and he also has a bigger number of fifties despite playing in 51 fewer games than Kohli. Therefore, Warner is the winner when it comes to their IPL performance.
There is a tie in Tests, while Kohli is the winner in ODI and T20I achievements and Warner has a better record in the IPL. Thus, overall we can conclude that Kohli is the winner in this contest as he has a 2-1 lead in the above mentioned four categories.
Virat Kohli’s Records
Virat Kohli has a better record in international cricket than Sachin Tendulkar himself and he still has a few years left to achieve much more. He has already set many batting records and has proved to be a successful captain too. Kohli is aggressive yet consistent which is a rather rare quality for a cricketer. Let’s take a look at a few of his records.
- Kohli was the quickest to score 10,000 runs in ODIs. He reached the landmark in a mere 205 knocks, breaking Tendulkar’s record of 259 essays.
- In terms of time too, Kohli was the quickest to 10,000 runs in ODIs. He needed only 10 years and 68 days to reach the milestone.
- Kohli was the first batter to crack three successive centuries versus two countries (the West Indies and Sri Lanka).
- He was the fastest batter to score 1,000 runs in ODIs in a calendar year (just 11 knocks).
- Kohli was the quickest to score 4,000 runs as Test captain (65 innings).
- Until today, is the only player to stroke more than 300 runs in six bilateral one-day international series.
- Kohli became the first batter to score four double hundreds in four successive Test series.
- He has the highest number of hundreds (23) while batting second in ODIs.
- Virat was the first player to hit three Test double hundreds in two consecutive years.
- This Delhi dasher became the only batsman to smack over 15,000 international runs with an over 50 average.
- Kohli’s six Test double hundreds as skipper is also an unbeaten record.
- Finally, Kohli was the first skipper to crack six hundreds in ODIs in a calendar year.
David Warner’s Records
David Warner has rebounded from the ball-tampering ban and continues to be successful in international cricket. Let’s take a look at a few of his records.
- Warner’s 197 off 141 deliveries for New South Wales is the highest score in one-day domestic matches in Australia.
- He was the first Australian player in 132 years to be chosen for a national squad without previous experience in playing first-class cricket.
- Warner became the first Aussie batter to smash seven hundreds in ODIs in a calendar year.
- He was the first batter to clobber three hundreds at the WACA ground in Perth.
- Warner became the first Aussie to score 1,500 runs in T20Is.
- He holds the record for the fastest Test half-century achieved by an Aussie (23 balls).
- Warner was also the first batter to hit a hundred in his 100th one-day international match.
Warner won the Allan Border Medal in 2016 and 2017. This award is given to the most outstanding male cricketer of the year. In 2017, Warner also received Australia’s ODI Player of the Year honour.
IPL Records and Achievements
- Warner holds the record for most runs by a foreign player in the IPL (4,076).
- He has scored the most number of fifties in the IPL (44).
- Warner holds the record for the highest score by a skipper in the IPL (126).
- He has won the Orange Cap a record number of three times.
- Sunrisers Hyderabad bought Warner for US$880,000 in the 2014 IPL auction.
- Warner was named skipper of Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2015 and was their highest run-scorer that season.
- He led this team to their first IPL tournament win in 2016.
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