David Warner

David Warner’s illustrious international career for Australia has come to a close, not with a bang, but with the muted thud of an early exit from the T20 World Cup. The curtain fell on Warner’s time in the national team jersey after Afghanistan’s dramatic qualification for the semifinals, a feat achieved thanks to a thrilling win over Bangladesh.

This swansong tournament for Warner, who had already announced his retirement from ODIs and Tests, ended with a whimper. Australia’s hopes for a deep run were dashed by an upset defeat to Afghanistan in the Super 8 stage, followed by a loss to India. While these results sealed their fate, it was Afghanistan’s victory over Bangladesh that truly confirmed Australia’s elimination.

Bangladesh, needing a near-impossible win with a high run rate to pip both Australia and Afghanistan on net run rate, opted for a change in strategy after early wickets. This shift effectively handed Afghanistan a historic first-ever semifinal berth in the T20 World Cup, and unintentionally ended Warner’s international career.

Warner, a two-time World Champion in the ODI format, leaves behind a legacy of explosive batting and a flamboyant personality. While his international career is over, he has hinted at a possible return for the Champions Trophy in the ODI format, though this is considered unlikely.

For now, cricket fans will remember Warner’s international career for his aggressive batting displays and the sheer entertainment he brought to the game. The T20 World Cup, however, will be etched in memory for the fairytale run of Afghanistan, a team that rose to the occasion and, in the process, brought down the curtain on a legend’s career.