Shikhar Dhawan, the Indian white-ball opener, has reckoned that he and his fellow cricketers will be miss playing in front of fans if cricket starts behind closed doors in the post-COVID world.
Dhawan recently engaged in an Instagram Live session with former Sri Lanka captain, all-rounder Angelo Matthews where the duo chatted on a plethora of issues including the resumption of cricket in the post COVID world.
Dhawan reckoned that the fans bring in their own charm and aura in the stadium, but he, however, added that redemption of cricket even if it is behind closed doors will be an opportunity for players like him to go out there and play after having sat at home for two months now.
“Obviously, we are going to miss playing in front of a huge crowd if tournaments take place behind closed doors, the fans bring their own charm and aura, but at the same time it would be an opportunity as we have been sitting at our homes for two months now,” Shikhar Dhawan told Mathews.
He added: “Once we go back, we all will be very hungry to play and perform for our teams, it is going to be good fun, at the end of the day, when we are playing, it is always a good feeling,” he added.
Shikhar Dhawan optimistic about IPL taking place at some point in the upcoming days
Dhawan would have been plying his trade for the Delhi Capitals at this time but for the pandemic that has forced the IPL to get postponed for an indefinite period of time. When asked about the possibility of IPL taking place this year, Dhawan said he is optimistic about it getting staged at some point in time while also adding that the tournaments, if it goes ahead, will bring in a lot of positivity.
“Hopefully, the IPL will happen, I always think in a positive manner, it will be really good if the tournament goes ahead, the security of everyone will need to be taken care of, if it happens, it will really good as it brings a lot of positivity”. Shikhar Dhawan said.
“It’s very important that some sports return to improve the environment and mood, it will have a huge impact if the IPL returns,” he added.
Meanwhile, BCCI is mulling over September 25-November window for the IPL but for that to happen, the ICC T20 World Cup will have to be called off first. The decision on the same could be taken during ICC’s meeting on May 28.