Players miss cricket fans at the stadiums in IPL 2020

Manchester: Indian skipper Virat Kohli leaves the field after rains interrupt the 1st Semi-final match of 2019 World Cup between India and New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester, England. File Photo. (Photo: Surjeet Kumar/IANS)

(RAHNUMA) The 13th edition of Indian Premier League is being played at UAE due to COVID-19 spread in India. Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah are hosting the IPL 2020 matches but without crowd as United Arab Emirates also facing Coronavirus pandemic but bio-bubble security made possible tournament to go with. So fans are not allowed to come in the stadiums.

Fans support and cheer players that inspire them to perform and give their best. But players are missing those supporting noises and players knew that before. South African pace bowler Kagiso Rabada already said in his interview with betway that playing in front of fans is amazing and we’re going to miss that in Dream11 IPLT20.

“Playing against guys like Kohli and Dhoni in front of amazing crowds, it’s something to really behold.It’s really hard to explain. You want to prove a point and they want to prove a point, too. Seeing how the crowd get behind those players is an experience that you cannot play down.It’s thrilling. It gets the adrenaline up, it gets you going.”Rabda said as quoting by Betway.

However performance of players and competitiveness of the tournament will not be affected as players are professionals and they know, they’re playing a top class event and winning it is very important for each player and franchise.

“The competitive juices are going to be flowing, whether there are crowds or not. Everyone is going to play to their full potential because it’s what we love doing. I don’t know if the hype will be the same but, from a competitive view, I don’t think it will change anything,” he added.

Proteas limited overs captain Quinton de Kock also highlighted that without crowd, atmosphere would not be the same as it is in every season. Thousands of fans come to enjoy the Indian Premier League matches in stadium, shout and cheer their respective players. But it wouldn’t happen in 2020 season and all would miss this. Though it won’t affect the performance of players much as all are professionals and they know how to tackle such situations.

Everybody’s going to miss the atmosphere that it brings. Obviously every game is packed usually. But it doesn’t bother me too much whether there is a crowd or no crowd. It’s going to be quiet, and I’ll miss the feeling in the stadium, but it’s not like I need it, De Kock said.

IPL 2020 started on 19 September and final is scheduled to play on 10 November.

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