Australian spinner Nathan Lyon is eager to see how Virat Kohli will rev up in front of the empty stadium if India tour Australia to play the T20 World Cup and bilateral series at later this year. As a precautionary measure, to curb the spread of the coronavirus, countries are likely planning to host the matches behind the close doors if situations get normal.
In October, India is scheduled to play three-match T20I series against Australia at their home. Then, the teams will feature in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020. Following this, India and Australia will play the three-match ODI series and four-match Test series. Though all the matches are scheduled later this year, there are chances that the deadly virus might affect these matches. To curb the spread of the virus and for the players’ safety, the two teams might play behind the close door, without spectators.
Virat Kohli is a superstar: Nathan Lyon
The Indian captain Virat Kohli is an aggressive player and he gets pumped up by the fans’ support at the stadium. Thus, Lyon is curious to see whether Kohli will be equally energetic if the matches are organised in the empty stadiums. But the spinner also opined that Kohli is a great player and he will surely adapt to the environment.
“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. He’ll be able to adapt to any climate that we’re able to play in,” he stated.
Lyon is excited to face India at home. He said that competition levels of Ashes and Test series against India are equal.
“I’m excited about the prospect of India coming out to Australia, it’s up there with the biggest series alongside the Ashes. They’re an absolute powerhouse of the cricket world, and to have those guys out here is going to be fantastic,” the tweaker added.
During the 2018/19 Australian summer, India first time won the bilateral Test and ODI series against Australia at their home. Though Steve Smith and David Warner were absent in those series, this time both the crucial players will be present. So, it will be interesting to see who attains victory this time.