The veteran Australian bowlers, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc are wondering how the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli will adapt playing in the front of empty stands if their Test series this year is held without fans. India is scheduled to play a four-match Test series in Australia later this year. But with the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc, speculation is rife that the matches will take place in front of the empty stands.
This led Lyon and teammate Starc to discuss how Kohli’s on-field demeanor would change without the backing and noise of the crowd, something the Indian captain thrives on. As per the quotes in cricket.com.au., Lyon said, “He’s probably good enough to adapt to any scenario. But I was talking to Mitch Starc the other day and we actually said that if we are playing with no crowd, it’ll be quite amazing to see Virat trying to rev up the (empty) seats. It’s going to be a little bit different, but Virat is a superstar.”
Sports calendars have been worse affected worldwide, including international and domestic cricket all over. Last month, Australia’s ODI series against New Zealand was called off after the first match. However, Lyon is looking forward to the series against India. He remains hopeful that the home series will go ahead, with or without fans.
Australia tasted their first Test series loss at home against India during the 2018-19 season when Kohli and his men handed them a 2-1 defeat. However, with the likes of Steve Smith and David Warner, who were under suspension last time, and Marnus Labuschagne, the Australian batting unit seems pretty solid now.
With several series’ being postponed and an already booked Future Tour Program, doubts over the future of the maiden ICC World Test Championship have also cropped up. India is leading the charts with 360 points followed by Australia on 296 points while New Zealand is ranked third 180 points.
Talking about the same, Nathan Lyon said, “I think it’s important that the two best teams over that period compete in the Test championship final, and obviously I want Australia to be there. I can’t recall when cricket took the back seat of my life. You have to look at the positives at the moment, and that’s one big positive with me at the moment.”