Mumbai: According to India’s opener Shikhar Dhawan, the Indian Premier League will help spread positivity and change the mood of the people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
An outbreak of coronavirus, which has caused more than 3.4 million deaths worldwide, infecting more than 5.5 million people, wreaking havoc globally, leaving the sports community to a standstill.
The IPL, originally held from March 29 to May 24, was postponed indefinitely by the BCCI due to an outbreak of novel coronavirus in India, and the government subsequently announced a lockout to prevent the disease from spreading rapidly.
Dhawan said during an Instagram chat with Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews, “It is very important that some sports improve the environment and mood. It will have a wide impact on the country if IPL returns .”
“We have to take care of everyone’s safety, so we need to be very careful. If that happens, it will actually be good for us because it brings a lot of positivity that spreads as a lot of people around the world can,” he said.
Meanwhile, there is speculation that the 13th IPL could be held in October-November if the T20 World Cup in Australia is postponed.
“Hopefully there will be IPL. I always think positively. It will be really good if the tournament progresses,” he said.
“We are going to miss playing in front of a big crowd if the tournament is held behind closed doors,” Dhawan said.
“Fans bring their own charm and aura, but at the same time, it will be an opportunity as we have been sitting at our homes for two-three months,” he added.