‘It was terrifying’ – David Warner recalls his 2021 IPL campaign in COVID-ravaged India

David Warner was reunited with his family on May 31.

David Warner. (Photo source: IPL / BCCI)

The past few weeks have not been pleasant for many Australian cricketers. Following the abrupt suspension of the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to the COVID-19 crisis, Australian participants in the tournament had to fly to the Maldives due to the travel ban imposed by the Australian government. They finally landed in Australia on May 17 and were not reunited with their families until after serving mandatory quarantine.

Dashing opener David Warner also competed in the 2021 IPL, and his experience was “terrifying.” Warner, who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad, was reunited with his wife and children on Monday (May 31) after being released from a two-week quarantine at the hotel in Sydney. Speaking of his time in India, the left-hander recalled the tragic scenes he witnessed in the COVID-ravaged country during IPL 2021.

It was just really heartbreaking from a humanitarian point of view: David Warner

“I think it really hit me when everyone saw this article on TV about what was going on in India with oxygen. You know, people in the streets were lining up to cremate their family members and we saw him come and go from the field several times. Open fields and all that. You know, it was terrifying. And it was really heartbreaking from a humanitarian standpoint, ”Warner told Fitzy & Wippa from Nova.

Speaking of the IPL suspension, the veteran hitter felt the right decision had been made. However, he also mentioned that foreign players had to leave India after the situation got more difficult.

“It was hard. We had to get out of there as quickly as possible. We were there (in the Maldives) with other people, and they were there for the same reasons – to get out of India, try to get to their country as well because almost everyone was excluded from their country which had been to India, ”he said.

Meanwhile, Warner is currently enjoying family time at home. However, he must also have an eye on the Australian tour of the West Indies next month. The 34-year-old has been added to Australia’s 23-man preliminary squad, and many eyes will be on him.

The Caribbean tour includes five T20Is and three ODIs, starting July 9. So this is a great opportunity for the Men in Yellow to try out different players and identify their best combination for ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

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