The proliferation of the global contagion that is the coronavirus has proceeded to wreck havoc on the entire world. As far as cricket is concerned, with most of the tournaments getting canceled, the Future Tour Programme has taken a massive hit.
As far as Cricket Australia is concerned, their home season is still some time away but the apex cricketing body in the country and its cricketers are already resigned to the fact that they have to play out their home summer in front of empty stands.
Australia was slated to have a bumper home summer. Apart from the T20 World Cup in October, they were supposed to host the No.1 ranked team in the world, India for a four-match Test series. And, while that may still go ahead, their players are already left wondering what impact it would have on Indian superstar Virat Kohli.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who may also have to play his 100th Test in front of empty stands revealed that while Virat is good enough to adapt to any scenario, he had a chat with Mitchell Starc, how Kohli will ‘rev up the seats’ if the series happens under closed doors.
“He’s probably good enough to adapt to any scenario. But it’s funny you say that. I was actually 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 seats. It’s going to be a little bit different. But Virat is a superstar. He’ll be able to adapt to any climate that we’re able to play in,” Nathan Lyon was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
India-Australia set to lock horns in a four-match Test series and Nathan Lyon can’t wait for it
India vs Australia has been one of the most high-profile rivalries of the past 20 years. And, Lyon is really excited at the prospect of India coming to Australia.
He added: “I’m excited about the prospect of India coming out to Australia, it is up there with the biggest series alongside the Ashes. They’re an absolute powerhouse of the cricket world,”
The last time India were in Australia, Virat Kohli’s men scripted history by becoming the first Asian team to win a Test series Down Under. But, it wouldn’t be that easy this time around, with the duo of Steven Smith and David Warner back into the set-up.