India has been under lockdown for more than a month now due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis that has paralyzed the world. With the number of coronavirus cases shooting up in the country, the lockdown was extended for the third time until at least May 17.
The deadly virus has also led to suspension or cancellation of nearly every sporting event across the world. IPL 2020 has also been put on hold for an indefinite period due to the current situation in the nation and the fate of the cash-rich tournament hangs by a thin thread with the crisis worsening in India.
However, former India cricketer and politician, Gautam Gambhir believes that the IPL has the power to lift up the mood of the nation and wipe out the negativity that has been spread due to the Covid-19 crisis.
“As a politician, if you ask me then I would say it is very important for us to save the lives of the people. But if you want to change the mood of the country, not all IPLs are to win or lose, some are to change the mood of the country. So there could not be anything better than IPL for that,” Gambhir told Sports Tak.
The IPL 2020 was scheduled to begin from March 29 in Mumbai but the league was suspended until mid-April due to the virus. However, the BCCI later announced suspension of the 13th edition of the tournament after the lockdown was extended in the country.
“I know, many people will say that IPL is more important for you, but personally, if IPL happens this year, as an Indian I feel, then any franchise should not look it from the way of winning or losing, they should look it in a way to change the spirit of the nation.”
“When the world has been brought to a standstill, then there seems to be negativity around, but when people will watch IPL , the atmosphere would change. So this IPL would be the most special of all the IPL in the past 12 years. Even if it happens closed doors or without overseas players, or whoever wins, it does not matter, eventually, the nation will win.”