Melbourne. Australian cricket legend Ian Healy has compared the fan support of the Indian and Australian teams in the T20 World Cup. At the same time, he said, ‘Aaron Finch and the players of his team are not getting the same support as the players of Rohit Sharma’s Indian team are getting whether they win or lose a game.’ With just one Super-12 game left, Finch’s side are in a precarious position against Afghanistan at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. The defending champions need to greatly improve their net run rate (NRR) either by a sudden defeat to England or crushing Afghanistan.
Healy was quoted as saying by Sen’s Breakfast, ‘Last week I didn’t feel a strong sense of support for the team. Indian fans don’t care how their team is doing, they support them well. Healy feels the negative publicity that followed Australia’s massive 89-run defeat to arch-rivals New Zealand in the opening match of the Super 12 on October 22 is a major cause of dismay among fans of the home team. The legendary cricketer lamented that despite having players like David Warner, Finch, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc in the team, he has to face defeat.
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Healy further said, ‘We have David Warner, who is Australia’s top ten batsman of all time. Finch is the best T20 batsman ever in the team. Glenn Maxwell does a lot for us as an all-rounder in that team. Marcus Stoinis, a good pressure player, has changed his batting a lot. Tim David’s entry is fatal for the opposing team. Matthew Wade has been a good achiever towards the end of his career and then we have Mitch Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Adam Zampa who are a great and consistent unit in any situation around the world.
He further questioned, then there is also Steve Smith in the team, he has been one of our top five cricketers, so why is the team not getting more support? Healy felt that most players had let fans down during the World Cup campaign.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 04, 2022, 14:24 IST