The PM of India Narendra Modi in order to curb the spread of Coronavirus, imposed a 21-day lock-down in India, which could further have implications on the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 13th edition of the cash-rich league was scheduled to be played from 29th March, Sunday.
However, the coronavirus started to spread so alarmingly, that BCCI had no choice but to postpone the IPL until April 15. Now, obviously, public health comes first, and as the pandemic continues to grip India further, it seems unlikely that the lucrative league will see the light of the day.
While this might be a huge disappointment for IPL fans, for the players, it’s a different kind of problem altogether, especially for young players, who were close to making their Team India debut. These cricketers would have been hoping to have a good season under their belt and make a case for the national team.
However, with the fate of the league hanging by a thread, due to coronavirus pandemic, and the lockdown, it will be a body blow for many players if the IPL stands cancelled.
Here are five players whose India debut has been delayed due to the lockdown:
5) Ishan Kishan:
For the past couple of years, Ishan Porel has been doing well in the IPL and he’s become a key player for Jharkhand as well. He’s earned the tag of a Twenty20 specialist slowly but the youngster hasn’t played for the national team as of yet.
The 21-year-old would have been hoping to impress the selectors in the upcoming IPL season although his India debut has surely been delayed now due to the lockdown. Rishabh Pant hasn’t been at his best lately, and therefore, the selectors could have gone for Kishan, but as fate would have it, there’s no update regarding the future of the lucrative league.
In the current scheme of things, Kishan will not be able to break into the senior side before the T20 World Cup, but due to his young age, and immense talent, nothing can be ruled out.