IPL 2020 is different from its previous editions on a number of fronts. Due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 situation it was shifted to UAE and is being played without fans support to ensure the safety of the players and spectators. Rajasthan Royals’ English opener Jos Buttler opened up on his experience of playing the IPL 2020 behind closed doors.
Buttler believes that playing behind closed doors is a blessing in disguise for the youngsters as they won’t feel the pressure of the crowd at their back when playing against big names like MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli. He also added that the emotion is less in the game due to no support from the fans from the stands.
“I also wonder if over time, pressure will be a little bit different. I think Dhoni or a Kohli, when they stride to wicket, the crowd is usually going crazy. Obviously, that doesn’t happen behind closed doors. Maybe that might help some of the younger guys who are playing against them as they might lose some of the fear factor as the crowd aren’t on their back,” Jos Buttler told the podcast’‘The Analyst inside cricket.
“There is probably less emotion in the game. It’s different. It’s not that you lose intensity with the cricket but with crowd, especially in IPL, creates a buzz and every ball is a massive moment. You lose that reaction, almost. Cricket is the same but you lose that reaction to an amazing shot or a wicket or when the ball goes into the outfield that creates a massive amount of volume in IPL. That’s a difference,” Buttler said.
IPL 2020 will be played entirely in UAE due to the pandemic situation forcing the cricket board to host the tournament away from India. The latter stage of the tournament might see at least 30 per cent of crowd being allowed to the stadiums. Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah will be the three venues used for the tournament. Dream 11 have been named as the sponsor for the upcoming season of the tournament after VIVO pulled out