For the previous a number of months, the cricket aficionados in India and elsewhere had been ready with bated breath for the 13th version of the Indian Premier League to begin. However little did they know that the destiny of their favouite T20 League could be hanging by a thread because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
It is the Covid-19 world the place life has come to a digital standstill — be it leisure, tourism, sports activities and most different gatherings. And the IPL is not any exception.
The much-awaited opening match between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Tremendous Kings was initially scheduled to begin on Sunday, March 29, earlier than it bought rescheduled.
And as per current reviews, it appears to be like unlikely that the match will happen in any respect.
If issues had gone as per plans, then one would have witnessed followers principally clad in Blue together with sizeable wearing yellows, wading in the direction of the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
However then it did not transform a great Sunday.
No IPL match meant there was no MS Dhoni ambling throughout the Wankhede turf with a disarming smile or Rohit Sharma’s pull off a quick bowler.
Sunday’s match, had it been on schedule, would have been Dhoni’s comeback match after eight and a half months. Dhoni would have once more led the aspect to carry unbridled pleasure to his followers, each supporting Chennai Tremendous Kings and India.
Within the hindsight, Dhoni,can be hoping the IPL takes off as that is maybe his final likelihood to indicate he nonetheless has what it takes to don the India colors once more.
From an optimistic perspective, if the BCCI handle to stage the total 60-game IPL then one can anticipate to see Dhoni in motion at the very least 14 instances and could also be twice or thrice extra if CSK advance to the ultimate.
Apart from, CSK’s ‘Dad’s Military’ comprising gamers like Shane Watson, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh, are unlikely to be seen in yellow jersey subsequent yr. Nevertheless, in a world ravaged by Covid-19, there’s a real concern that the IPL may very well be cancelled this yr.
If these fears do come true, then one may very well be disadvantaged seeing Virat Kohli’s agony and ecstasy within the colors of perennial underachievers Royal Challengers Bangalore.
There may very well be an eerie of silence on the iconic Eden Gardens. There could be no airborne David Warner’s fist pumps or Rishabh Pant’s audacious hook pictures even in an off steadiness place
How properly would have Steve Smith captained Rajasthan Royals? Ok to power Cricket Australia selectors handy again the captaincy to him from Aaron Finch? We’d by no means know.