Had there not been the novel Coronavirus, the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) would have kicked off on Sunday with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings at the iconic Wankhede Stadium.
But as fate would have it the pandemic brought havoc, rendering life to a standstill with all the sports events across the world either getting cancelled or postponed. IPL too bore the brunt of the crisis as the cash-rich league got deferred until April 15.
Suryakumar Yadav, who plays for Mumbai Indians, is presently at his home in Mumbai during the 21-day lockdown announced by the government in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.
But Yadav, who was in great form in domestic cricket, said on Sunday while he was physically at home, his mind was still at the Wankhede.
“Mentally at Wankhede stadium. But physically at home. This too shall pass. Stay home, stay safe,” Yadav tweeted late Sunday night along with two of his pictures, one at Wankhede and the other at home.
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) March 29, 2020
Considering the gravity of the situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked for a 21-day lockdown in the country which concludes on April 14.
However, the Sports Ministry has made it clear that the fate of the 13th edition of the IPL can be decided only after the government comes out with a fresh advisory after April 15, keeping in mind the situation with regards to the coronavirus outbreak.
The virus has claimed at least 29 lives and affected around 1000 in the country so far. Meanwhile, across the globe, the number of deaths is over 34,000 and the infected ones are over 7 lakh.
(With inputs from IANS)