The Coronavirus outbreak has halted every sports scenario across the globe. Cricket is one of the major sports that has been postponed indefinitely. India, that organizes a cash-rich league, Indian Premier League (IPL), every year, could not do it this year so far as the lockdown has not been settled yet.
At first, IPL was organized to be played on 29th March but the global health crisis did not allow it to happen. The cricketing authorities in India moved it to a window of April-May but with an extension in the lockdown by Modi’s government, that too could not take place. Now, with severe conditions, the authorities have decided to delay the league until further notice.
For months, fans have seen no match, cricketers either have not played any. More than half of the population of Asian countries is a cricket enthusiast. It must be hard to pass days without cricket. There is an alteration in the moods as well as staying in one place with zero physical activity ain’t easy.
To regulate the mood and to avoid the negativity and as a consequence, bringing positivity to Indian nation, Gautam Gambhir, the former cricketer and at present the politician, has said that it is important to hold IPL for India as a nation.
“As a politician, if you ask me then I would say it is very important for us to save the lives of the people. But if you want to change the mood of the country, not all IPLs are to win or lose, some are to change the mood of the country. So there could not be anything better than IPL for that,” Gambhir said in an interview with Sports Tak
“I know, many people will say that IPL is more important for you, but personally, if IPL happens this year, as an Indian I feel, then any franchise should not look it from the way of winning or losing, they should look it in a way to change the spirit of the nation,” Gambhir added.
“When the world has been brought to a standstill, then there seems to be negativity around, but when people watch IPL, the atmosphere would change. So this IPL would be the most special of all the IPLs in the past 12 years. Even if it happens closed doors or without overseas players, or whoever wins, it does not matter, eventually, the nation will win”, Gautam Gambhir said.