Aussie’s star batsman, David Warner thinks that the T20 World Cup may not take place this year due to the increasing threat of COVID-19.
All the cricketing tournaments have come to a grinding halt due to the ongoing health crisis & there are doubts over the future of the T20 World Cup. “There is a possibility that the ICC World Cup may not commence this year by looking at the current situation that the world is facing. It will be quite difficult to get 16 teams together during such crisis”, said Warner in an Instagram liver session with India’s epic batsman Rohit Sharma. However, the ICC is yet to take a final decision on the T20 event. During the chat, Rohit Sharma showed his willingness to tour Australia for the test series. Rohit said that India’s tour of Australia which is scheduled after the T20 World Cup will be a great way to restart the International Cricket Event.
“I love playing against team Australia when we won the series the last time we toured Australia it was a very big achievement for us. Obviously, you were not in the squad at that time but we are looking for the series against Australia definitely this year. I wish both the BCCI & CA discuss & find out a way to get the series underway. It would definitely a great series for the people to watch & it would be a good way to kick off cricket in the world”, the right-handed batsman said Warner during the Instagram live session.
India won their first-ever test series in Australia, & Warner said that he was feeling helpless watching his team lose. “Watching that series was extremely difficult as you can’t do anything from outside to save your team from defeat. But I want to say that India has the best pace attack against the left-handers. They zero in one spot & keep bowling there. Mentally it was a great win for the Indian Cricket team but it was hard to watch. I felt helpless at that time but I hope that it does happen & looking forward to a battle again”, Said Warner.
The Australian batsman further said that playing against India in India is one of the toughest challenges in world cricket. “I love playing India in India. Everyone is against you & its hard conditions to win. Same for you Rohit when you come here”, Said Warner.
Warner is also not in favor of the idea of playing in front of empty stadiums just like Australia did against New Zealand in Sydney earlier in March before the ODI series was called off. “It was a bizarre experience as you could hear only the echo of a cricket ball, it was really a weird feeling. We used to call ‘yes or no’ while running between wickets but we did not need to do that. “It was literally like playing a warm-up game. It was surreal & I don’t know how long we can sustain that as you gain your momentum from the home crowd that cheers and applauds you”, quoted Warner.
Meanwhile changing the discussion to a funny mode, Rohit joked about his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan’s reluctance to take a strike on the first ball. “He doesn’t like to face the first ball ever. I always remember the 2013 Champions Trophy game against South Africa. I had just started opening and he was a regular opener of the team. And you had to face the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. I had to face the first ball. At times, Dhawan can be annoying but it is great to bat with him. He is such a delight to watch as he got so many shots which we can learn from him”, said India’s ace batsman Rohit Sharma.