India’s opening batsman Rohit Sharma is hopeful that India’s tour of Australia – scheduled to be held at the end of 20202 – will go ahead. He expressed his wish while he was talking to Australia’s David Warner through an Instagram live session.
Rohit Sharma acknowledged his passion for playing cricket Down Under and why the full series – involving four tests, three ODIs, and three T20s – could be a great way to kick-start cricket again, if the situation permits.
The sport was brought to a standstill due to the Covid-19 pandemic outburst early this year, leading to an indefinite postponement of many planned series including the cash-making Indian Premier League (IPL). This created some serious doubts on the T20 World Cup to be hosted in Australia later this year in October.
Strict travel discussions were imposed all across the globe and some serious brainstorming were on between the BCCI and Cricket Australia (CA) to find a feasible solution for the tour to happen.
“Actually we were quite looking forward to this year’s tour as well. I hope somehow both the boards – the Australian and the Indian board they somehow try and manage to do something and get this series underway. It’ll be great for the teams as well, but also great for people to start cricket with. It’ll be a great series for people to watch. It’ll be a great way to kick off cricket in the world, if that happens,” Sharma said.
The Indian vice-captain reckoned some memories of India’s previous tour in 2018-19, when they created a historic win by becoming the first Indian side to win the Test Series on the Australian home ground.
“I personally love playing against Australia. Whenever there’s an opportunity to play against Australia, it’s a different feeling. And last year when we won the series, which has never happened before in the history of Indian cricket, it was good for us as a team. I know you guys (Warner and Smith) were missing but still, what the bowlers did there, what the batters did there was a great boost,” he further mentioned.
Rohit Sharma, who captains the Mumbai Indians, also felt that the return to normalcy post the pandemic will give a better clarity on when the season of IPL could be held, and further reiterated his inclination towards playing against the land of Kangaroos.
“IPL is likely to happen at some stage as well, but I have no idea about what date or what month it would be. Once everything settles down a little bit there’ll be a better idea for us to judge whether the IPL is likely to happen or not but I am really looking forward to that Australian tour. I hope it really happens… in January or February or whenever it is. I really hope that happens. We love coming to Australia, we love playing against you guys,” the right-handed batsman added.
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