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David Warner gets emotional and names Virat Kohli while receiving Allan Border medal

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David Warner has won the award twice and pipped fellow teammate Steven Smith by one vote to win it again

Australian opener David Warner got a little emotional while receiving the Allan Border medal on Monday.

This is the third time that the explosive left-hander is winning the Allan Border medal – an award given to the best Australian male cricketer in the calendar year.

David Warner speaks on stage after accepting the Allan Border Medal during the 2020 Cricket Australia Awards at Crown Palladium on Monday. (Getty Images)

Warner defeated teammates Steven Smith (by one vote) and Pat Cummins to emerge as the winner.

The Australian, who got emotional after receiving the award shed a few tears while delivering a speech that reflected mainly on the unpleasant time he faced during his international ban.

He also recollected his return to the game after 12 months of suspension, which saw him have a rough Ashes series to forget.

The opener, however, had a successful World Cup campaign as he emerged the second-highest run-getter behind Indian opener Rohit Sharma.

“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,” Warner said.

Warner mentions Kohli midway in the speech   

Meanwhile, the swashbuckling Australian also mentioned skipper Virat Kohli along with his few teammates, while speaking about the video which had gone viral in which his daughters were seen playing in their backyard.

“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,” Warner was heard saying.

He later thanked his parents, his brother and his wife before concluding which brought back tears to his eyes.

David Warner and wife Candice Warner arrive ahead of the 2020 Cricket Australia Awards at Crown Palladium on Monday. (Getty Images)

“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*** … 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,” he concluded.

Warner has come back from literally the depths of cricket and seems to be back to his best now.

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