Meet IPL 2020's tallest player. What did he say when posed with the question, 'Are you as tall as the Burj Khaifa?' Watch the video here
Dubai: We are one week away from the start of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). Most of the teams are in Dubai, the city which boasts of owning the world’s tallest building – Burj Khalifa.
After landing in the UAE for the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament, some of the IPL players have shared images of Burj Khalifa from their hotel rooms during their six-day mandatory quarantine.
Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) all-rounder Shane Watson was one of the early birds to check into Dubai and he spoke about the giant structure, posting pictures of the same from his hotel room.
As we talk about this tallest building in the world, obviously there are some comparisons to the same when it comes to seeing really tall cricketers. And, a question was posed to IPL 2020’s tallest cricketer.
Australia fast bowler Billy Stanlake is the tallest player in this year’s IPL. He is with the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). He was asked, “There is a lot of speculation going around that you are as tall as the Burj Khalifa. Is that true?”
The 25-year-old right-arm bowler, who is 6.8-foot tall and can bowl at 150 kmph, replied, “Ha ha, I don’t know quite, I am pretty tall but definitely not that tall.”
Stanlake, who will celebrate his birthday during the IPL, on November 4, was bought in IPL 2018 players’ auction by SRH for Rs 50 lakh. So far, he has played seven ODIs and 19 T20Is for Australia.
The Australian said he can’t wait for IPL 2020 to start. “I actually can’t wait. It has been a long time since everyone played their last cricket game. So, to have the IPL back is great for the fans around the world and for cricket. I am sure everybody is looking forward to that first game and hopefully we can perform well,” he said.
SRH will open IPL campaign against the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on September 21 in Dubai.
Last Updated 12, Sep 2020, 12:46 PM