‘Virat is very clever at using his words’ – Matthew Wade says he will be staying away from on-field verbals against India
India will play three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs during their tour of Australia in 2020-21 along with the T20 World Cup
Updated - Jun 9, 2020 4:36 pm
Whenever there is a match between India and Australia, there will always be some on-field exchanges between players. In 2014, when the two teams played in Australia, the two teams were involved in some serious verbal volleys. In 2017, when Australia arrived in India, once again that continued. In 2018, Kohli’s men were the one delivering some heated chats on the field, led by their skipper.
When India and Australia will face off against each other later this year, it will be quite interesting to watch how that unfolds. However, Australian batsman Matthew Wade has confirmed that he won’t be engaging in any of that. Back in 2017, when Australia was touring India, Wade was involved in some on-field altercations with the Indian players. He had a sledging episode with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja as well.
In a recently released interaction, the left-handed batsman has clarified that this time around he won’t be the one engaging too much with the Indians. He said that the Indian players use it to their advantages. He also credited Indian captain, Virat Kohli as quite smart in using his words or body language. The interaction was released by Cricket Australia’s official twitter handle.
I may stay away from it this time: Matthew Wade
Upon being asked, whether he would engage in on-field banters with the Indian players, Wade said, “They use to it well as their advantage, the Indians. Virat (Kohli) is very clever at the way that uses his words or body language. So they use it as an advantage now.
To be honest, I don’t really want to engage too much into that. I know that they thrive off of that energy between two players. They are probably as good at doing that as anyone in the world at the moment. So it is something which I may stay away from this time.”
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) June 9, 2020
India’s tour of Australia has been announced even though it is not sure if things will be fine. Australia has done exceedingly well in managing COVID-19. India is scheduled to play three T20Is in October before ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020. After this, the team will play four Tests in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Kohli’s men will also play a three-match ODI series in January 2021.