Indian cricketers both former and current are all having their say during this difficult times of lockdown. The easiest platform to express their opinions has been social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram. Question answer session with fans, live interactive session with other cricketers, candid interviews to sports presenters for various TV channels and other popular websites have all been the passtime mantra for the last two months.
So in accordance with the ongoing trend, former India left arm fast bowler and World T20 winner Irfan Pathan caught up with current Indian superstar Shikhar Dhawan in a instagram live session.
Both Irfan Pathan and Shikar Dhawan answered each others' questions about various topics. It was fascinating to watch the point of view of a former bowler against the point of view of modern day opening batsman.
Indian cricket in general, Virat Kohli’s unbelievable show over the last decade, the raise of a crop of fast bowlers in tests that pose a great threat were among the topics that the two of them threw light on.
During the lively interaction, the hat trick hero Irfan Pathan brought up one particular comment of David Warner which he felt was not the right thing to say.
I remember your first ton was against Australia. No matter whether you play against Australia at home or away from home, you have to play their fast bowlers. Talking about Champions Trophy, you faced many fast bowlers and scored runs against them. I disagree with what he said. If I put Warner on a rank turner, even he wouldn’t be comfortable, he might ask Steve Smith to play. There are certain things one shouldn’t say. So I personally didn’t like what he was trying to say,” Pathan said.
Shikar Dhawan who himself lives in Australia didn’t seem to flustered about Warner’s opinion. He replied
No, I disagree with that. It’s not like I don’t want to face fast bowlers. Everyone has their views, I am an opening batsman, so I have to play pacers. I might not face them in the first over but I have to face them in the second