India’s pace ace Deepak Chahar has revealed how IPL 2020 postponement has turned out a blessing in disguise for him. The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 was scheduled to start from March 29 this year. But, the deadly coronavirus outbreak saw the tournament being postponed by the BCCI to April 15.
Deepak Chahar, who is yet to feature in a game in 2020 owing to a back injury he picked up in December, feels that the delayed start to the IPL will help him fully recover from his injury.
Chahar had his breakthrough IPL season in 2019, claiming 22 wickets for the MS Dhoni-led CSK. Chahar was expected to miss the initial stage of IPL 2020 due to his injury if the tournament had begun on schedule.
Deepak Chahar Opens Up On IPL 2020 Postponement
“On the personal front, this (coronavirus problem) will give me extra time to get back on the track. Had IPL started on time, there was a possibility I would have missed out on a few initial games,” Chahar told Times of India.
“On March 19th the NCA was declared closed. Given the spread of coronavirus, it was the right decision to send everyone back home as we stay in hotels and eat food there itself. It is not safe in the current scenario,” he added.
Chahar said, “Even our academy is shut, but I might practice alone there. In fact, two days ago I had ordered a few basic gym equipment, so that my exercise does not stop.”
IPL 2020 Postponed To April 15 Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
Amid the novel coronavirus scare, the IPL 2020 has been postponed to April 15 from the original date. The step has been taken as a precautionary measure amid the widespread novel coronavirus, which has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah took the decision to postpone the tournament after the Maharashtra, Delhi and Karnataka government opposed to host the tournament in their cities.