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USA’s Aaron Jones excited to face India: Always wanted to play against best players

USA batter Aaron Jones reckons that facing Indian superstars Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the T20 World Cup will be exciting rather than intimidating. With both India and the USA having won two games each, the contest is set to be even more thrilling when the two teams take on each other in a Group A match on Wednesday. “It is actually exciting, me growing up as a kid, I always wanted to play against the best players in the world. I’m definitely going to get the opportunity to do that now and it’s exciting for me, I don’t want to say intimidating,” Jones said in the pre-match press conference.

“I’m excited to play against them and talk to them. Definitely to beat them as well,” he added.Jones said the India-origin players in the US camp, who at some stage in their lives had played cricket with some of the current Indian players, would be excited to link up with their former teammates as well. “They’re pretty excited to be honest. This is the first time USA will be playing against India. So many guys in our team are from India they actually played against and with so many guys back in the past, so they definitely (would) be excited to play against some friends for sure,” he said.

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Jones also hopes that cricket will gain a much larger following among American sports fans after this World Cup. “With cricket being one of the biggest sports in the world, it’s only a matter of time before a majority people come on board,” he said.”America is a place where people love sports. Obviously, this World Cup is going to open the eyes of a lot of people and then in a few years, you have cricket in the Olympics — that’s a very big thing as well. I think everything is on the rise right now,” he added.

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Saurabh Kumar

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Jun 12, 2024