ABU DHABI :
The IPL is again however the ambiance is not.
The 20,000-seater Sheikh Zayed Stadium was almost empty, aside from the 22 males within the center, officers, employees, safety and a smattering of others, because the IPL in contrast to some other started right here on Saturday.
However, opposite to the expectations, it was not too quiet and never too placid, both. The pre-recorded cheers by the franchises ensured the stadium was not enveloped in eerie silence.
Organised amid the COVID-19 pandemic after a number of twists and turns, delays and discussions, the beginning of the 13th Indian Premier League was nonetheless undoubtedly out of the bizarre, barely odd and even a bit bizarre.
It was completely different in some ways.
Inaudible beneath regular circumstances due to the roaring cheers and chants raining down from the stands packed to the rafters with passionate followers, the thud of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock’s bats hitting the ball could possibly be heard the world over, breaking via the TV units of thousands and thousands of viewers.
On this case, the pre-recorded cheers might fairly swallow up the sounds of the bat hitting the ball, like it could occur within the pre-COVID world.
Within the VIP field, high officers of the BCCI, together with president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah, in addition to the office-bearers of the Emirates Cricket Board, had been spaced a number of seats aside to take care of social distancing.
The celebration was removed from being excessive after Chennai Tremendous Kings made it 48 for 2 with the dismissal of De Kock within the sixth over of the innings. And it was the identical after they despatched again the harmful Rohit, who began the proceedings with a cracking drive via the offside within the very first ball of the match off Deepak Chahar, who recovered in time for the sport after contracting the dreaded virus.
Rohit didn’t seem like he was coming off an extended break from the game. Although the Mumbai Indians captain and each different participant have been coaching for days, it’s the first match they had been enjoying in months, one thing they’ve by no means skilled within the final a few years.
Actually in sync with the extraordinary occasions, CSK’s talismanic skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, in a lighter vein, requested on the toss if he might “have a slip” in place owing to the social distancing tips.
The gamers and assist employees have been examined a number of occasions within the run-up to the match opener and they are going to be checked for the virus each 5 days via the 53-day league.
That is the brand new regular and all in all, the IPL, cricket’s greatest money-spinner, appeared effectively positioned to adapt to this actuality.
This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.