Rahul Dravid, former Indian captain and the current head of the National Cricket Academy [NCA], has reckoned that it will be ‘strange and different’ to see international cricket being played without the presence of fans in the post-Covid world.
International cricket is set to resume next month when England host West Indies for a three-match Test series at two bio-secure environments behind closed doors.
Closed doors could become the new ‘normal’ for a considerable period of time until we get a significant breakthrough as far as the development of a vaccine for Covid-19 is concerned.
Dravid, however, admitted that one should understand the gravity of the current situation, and feels its better to have cricket behind closed doors than not having action altogether.
“It will be strange and different. Cricket players are performers and there is that connect with the crowd. Players are professionals, they will still practice well and compete but they will miss that interaction and noise and a sense of buzz that a crowd creates. But you have to deal with it and it’s better than no cricket at all and I’m sure the players will eventually get used to it.” Rahul Dravid said on Sony Ten Pit Shop.
“Cricket is nothing but a reflection of life in a lot of ways’- Rahul Dravid
Coronavirus has completely changed the dynamics of how one used to perceive life and cricket is no exception to it.
And, Dravid feels that the game, much like life, will be ‘different’ until a vaccine comes along.
“Until a vaccine comes on board and we are confident around the world… I’m no medical professional but from what I heard the virus is not going away for a long time now but we will get to a point where we will deal with it a lot better,” Rahul Dravid added.
“Until then cricket is going to be different. I think cricket is nothing but a reflection of life in a lot of ways so I can’t see how it’s going to stay untouched.” he reckoned.
From dressing room etiquette to how one celebrates a wicket, Dravid feels that everything will be different, something that everyone will have to get used to.
“Whether it be how we play, the dressing room etiquette and celebration etiquette, and getting used to playing matches with not many people watching you or no one watching you as we will see in the next few months,” Rahul Dravid said.