There is no denying the fact that the coronavirus outbreak has brought the whole world to a standstill and the sporting sector is no exception to it as well. Many sporting events including one of the biggest cricketing events of the world, i.e., Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) which was supposed to start from March 29, 2020 has also been postponed till April 15.
Recently, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown which will get over by April 15 and this has reduced the chances of IPL taking place this year. All the citizens including the cricketers are compelled to sit at home and some players are using this time to spread awareness about coronavirus and also to interact with fans through their social media accounts.
Rohit Sharma, the vice-captain of the Indian cricket team, is pretty active on social media and recently, he had an online chat with his friend and teammate Yuzvendra Chahal. During this chat on Instagram Live, the leg-spinner asked Rohit Sharma about the fate of Indian Premier League 2020 and in reply, Rohit Sharma said that IPL can wait as the country comes first. Rohit said that the situation needs to improve and when things get normal, IPL can be talked about.
This is what Rohit Sharma said, “We should first think about the country. The situation needs to get better first then we can talk about the IPL. Let life get back to normal first.”
Rohit was also happy with the fact that due to coronavirus, the cricketers are able to spend time with their family, which usually doesn’t happen as they are mostly on tours and playing cricket. The skipper of the IPL team Mumbai Indians also said that he has never seen Mumbai like this while pointing towards the empty roads.
Rohit Sharma last played for India in the T20 series against New Zealand but he was not able to play in the ODIs and test match series as he got injured during the T20 series. He was not picked for the India-South Africa series also as he hadn’t recovered completely from his hamstring injury. However, the India-South Africa series was cancelled as the number of patients of coronavirus was increasing at good rate.
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