Due to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19), many major sporting events have been postponed or suspended. The Indian Premier League is one of them. The season-13 of IPL was supposed to start on the 29th of March but due to the nationwide lockdown, it is in the doldrums.
Olympics 2020 has been shifted to the summer of 2021 in Tokyo.
Former English cricketer Kevin Pietersen spoke up regarding this.
“Let’s say July-August is the earliest, I do truly believe the IPL should happen,” Pietersen said on Star Sports Cricket Connected, adding, “I do believe it is the kick-start to the cricket season. I think every single player around the world is desperate to play the IPL.
could be a way in which to get some money into the franchises, into the
economy by having a situation where you use maybe three venues which
are completely closed to fans and the players can still go out and play
the tournament in three weeks or in four weeks.”
“So it’s a more condensed tournament in three venues, which we know are safe, which we know are secure,” he said.
“I don’t think the fans need to be risked in this situation. I think the fans need to understand they can’t watch a live game at the moment and they might not be able to watch a live game for the foreseeable future. [But] what would you guys give right now, to watch Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings right now?”
Commentator Sanjay Manjrekar too spoke up regarding this:
“The moment we get clearances from all the authorities that matter, the IPL should happen,” he said. “Only because it will kickstart the economy because when you talk about the IPL it’s not just about the Mumbai Indians, or a [MS] Dhoni or a Virat Kohli, there are a lot of people who are making their livelihood through the IPL.”
The entire world is facing the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic and so is India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a 21-day countrywide lockdown on the 23rd of March.
PM Modi held a video conference with forthy eminent sports personalities which included Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly and Mary Kom.
PT Usha, Pullela Gopichand, Vishwanathan Anand, Hima Das, Bajrang Punia, PV Sindhu, Rohit Sharma, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, and Cheteshwar Pujara were also the part of it.
“Interacted with sportspersons via video conferencing on the situation arising due to COVID-19. Sports requires self-discipline, tenacity, teamwork and a fighting spirit. These are also required to defeat Coronavirus,” PM Modi tweeted.
“From sharing videos that reaffirm the importance of fitness, helping the poor and needy, emphasising on social distancing as well as contributing to efforts such as PM-CARES, our sportspersons are doing excellent towards making India free from COVID-19,” he added in another tweet.
He thanked all of them for bringing glory to the nation and spoke about how important their role was in creating awareness.
Cricketers have been posting a lot about their life in quarantine, making it a bit easier for the fans. If it weren’t for the Coronavirus Pandemic, IPL would have started by now and we would have finally witnessed MS Dhoni’s return to the game.
Yesterday, Indian batsman Rohit Sharma aka Hitman was live on Instagram along with bowler Jasprit Bumrah, when Rishabh Pant jokingly compared his capability of hitting sixes with Rohit Sharma.
To which Rohit Sharma replied, “Ek saal hua nai hai cricket khelte chakko ka competition karega”.
Hitman meant to say that it hasn’t even been a year since Pant has started playing international cricket and he is trying to compete with me. It was a hilarious scene to watch and Rishabh Pant got trolled after it.
Pant has been struggling with his form and IPL was a good opportunity for him to reserve himself a spot in the T20 World Cup squad.
Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma has donated 80 lakh rupees in the midst of these tough times.
He has donated 45 Lakh to the Prime Ministers fund, 25 Lakh to Chief Minister’s fund and 5 Lakh to ‘Zomato Feeding India’ and another 5 Lakh for the welfare of Stray Dogs.
A lot of celebrities are coming up and doing their part by donating money and creating awareness on Social Media. Virat Kohli too pledged his contribution to the cause. Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has donated rupees 50 lakh while BCCI has donated 51 Crore rupees.
Actor Akshay Kumar has donated Rupees 25 crores while Business giant Tata has donated a whopping amount of 500 crore rupees.
This 21-day lockdown is a tough thing for most of us. People are doing all sorts of things to pass their time and people are also doing the work which they earlier depended on their domestic help for.
Many celebrities have been posting videos of their work out routines. Many are posting about their cooking experiments. The other day actress Katrina Kaif posted a video of her in which she can be seen doing the dishes.
Cricketer Shikhar Dhawan too posted a video of him washing clothes while his wife supervised him.
Ace Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah shared a video of himself mopping the floor.
This was the post:
It is good to see this side of our beloved sports persons and actors-actresses as it portrays the fact that they too are normal humans like us and we should take them like that only.
This also creates good content for the people to watch while people sit inside their houses getting bored.
So why don’t you too go and help clean the house or whip something in the kitchen!