Australian opener David Warner participated in an Instagram live session with India’s batting star Rohit Sharma. During their interaction, Warner said, “The ICC World Cup will not go ahead here by the looks of it. It will be difficult to get everyone (16 teams) together.”
Australia has implemented travel restrictions, as the country is under lockdown due to the pandemic spread of the Corona Virus. All cricketing activity has come to a halt due to the same. The current situation has also raised serious doubts over the future of the T20 World Cup.
However, the International Cricket Council is yet to take the final call on the T20 showpiece event. Rohit Sharma also sheds light on India’s tour of Australia during their chat. The Indian team is slated to play a 4 match test series against Australia later this year. The Border-Gavaskar trophy is scheduled after the T20 World Cup. The Indian opener feels the tour will be a “great way” to restart the international calendar.
David Warner, who was serving a ban when India won their first Test series in Australia said he felt helpless watching his Australia lose.
The Aussie opener said, “Watching that series was hard as you can’t do anything from the outside. But I want to say that India has the best pace attack against left-handers. They zero in one spot and keep bowling there. Mentally, it was great for Indian cricket but it was hard to watch. I felt helpless. I hope it does happen and looking forward to the battle.”
Warner shared his experience of playing a match inside an empty stadium. The Aussie opener played a similar match against New Zealand in early March before the ODI series was called off. Warner said, “It was a bizarre experience. You could only hear the echo of a cricket ball. It was bizarre. We are used to calling ‘yes and 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 you can sustain that. You gain your momentum from the home crowd.”
Rohit Sharma also spoke on his fellow opener, Shikhar Dhawan. Rohit also revealed Dhawan’s reluctance of taking strike on the first ball. Sharma said, “He doesn’t like to face the first ball. I remember the 2013 Champions Trophy game against South Africa. I had just started opening and he was a regular opener. And you had to face the likes of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. I had to face the first ball”.