Australia opener David Warner hit the ground hard and grimaced in pain during a fielding mishap in Sunday’s ODI series-clinching win. Immediately after, he limped off the field and a car waited outside the SCG to take the senior player to a nearby hospital for undergoing scans.
Warner was ruled out of the remaining white-ball matches against India after injuring his groin in the second ODI. D’Arcy Short has been named his replacement in the T20I series that follows.
KL Rahul was asked about Warner’s injury in the press conference and the Indian vice-captain came up with a light-hearted reply that he is hoping that Warner does not recover in time for the third ODI and probably for the rest of the team’s tour Down Under.
“We don’t know how bad his injury is. It would be nicer if he gets injured for a long time. One of their main batsmen. It is not nice to wish it for anyone but it would be good for the team. If his injury takes a long time, it would be good for our team,” Rahul said.
Warner looked in sublime form with the bat as he started the ODI series against India in strong form, scoring 69 and 83, helping Australia win the first two matches. Warner’s opening partnerships with Aaron Finch have troubled the Indian bowler and Rahul joked that the Indian team would be happy if Warner misses more matches on this tour.
KL Rahul’s remark about David Warner’s injury has invited sharp criticism on social media with fans pointing out the issue with the choice of words. Fans called the India vice-captain as ’despicable’, who lacks ‘the spirit of sportsmanship.’