Batsman Rohit Sharma is hopeful India's tour of Australia later this year goes ahead.
Australia and India are scheduled to contest four Tests and three ODIs in December 2020 and January 2021. The tour, however, might be postponed due to the spread of the coronavirus. Sharma was part of the squad that earned an historic Test series victory in Australia in early 2019.
“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,” Sharma said during a conversation on Instagram with Australian batsman David Warner.
“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. 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. What the bowlers did there, what the batters did there was a great boost.”
Indian Premier League delayed as well
Sharma is the captain of the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. The IPL has been suspended indefinitely as a preventative measure against the spread of the virus. Mumbai have won the IPL title four times. Warner was recently reinstated as captain of the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“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,” conluded Sharma.