Bringing in perspective to Warner's innings, he scored 156 runs off 128 balls, while the rest of the Australian side only managed 90 runs off 174 balls during the third ODI against New Zealand in Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

 

David Warner smashed 156 off 128 balls on Friday. Source: Getty Images

 

Warner has shown immense improvement in his game, across the shorter formats, in the last few years. He won the 2016 edition of IPL for Sunrisers Hyderabad as captain and now he has finished the year with most ODI runs.

 

Warner's ODI report card in 2015 and 2016:

 

Year ODIs Runs 100s 50s Avg
2015 15 652 2 2 43.46
2016 23 1,388 7 4 63.09

 

Although Australia won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, neither of their batsmen fared even in the top 10 of most ODI runs at the end of the year. It was the skipper Steven Smith who finished as their top scorer in 2015 with 805 runs from 19 matches.

 

365 days later, the Australian captain and vice-captain are the only cricketers to have touched the 1,000-run mark in the ODIs.

 

Meanwhile, Warner who now has four 150+ scores in the 50-over format has joined the club of Sanath Jayasuriya, Chris Gayle and Rohit Sharma - one behind Sachin Tendulkar who had five 150+ scores.

 

 

 

 

The 30-year-old New South Wales cricketer also had another record to his name during his firing innings at the MCG. Warner became the first non-Indian to score more than six centuries in a calendar year in ODIs.

 

Only Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly had so far notched up at least seven ODI tons in a year before Warner achieved the feat on Friday.

 

Name Country No. of ODI tons Year
Sachin Tendulkar India 9 1998
Sourav Ganguly India 7 2000
David Warner Australia 7 2016

 

Before this year, he had made only four centuries in 63 innings.

 

If Australia had a couple of more ODIs left in 2016, Warner, who is in an exceptional form right now, surely seemed to have tried to better Tendulkar's bumper year of 1998.

 

Name Country ODIs Runs 100s 50s Avg
Sachin Tendulkar India 34 1,894 9 7 65.31
David Warner Australia 23 1,388 7 4 63.09

 

Warner, who also became the first Australian batsman to smash two back to back ODI hundreds on two occasions, totally owned 2016. Warner's scores of 117, 6, 173, 24 and 119 in the last five innings are self-explanatory of what a run this man has had this year.