Gautam Gambhir hopes for IPL 2020: The former Indian opening batsman hopes for cricket to take over people’s grief.
Former India batsman and current Member of Parliament from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir believes that the 13th season of the Indian Premier League has it in it to change the mood of the country which is suffering from the novel COVID-19.
Originally stated to begin on March 29, IPL 2020 ended up being postponed indefinitely due to not much improvement in the situation of the global pandemic.
While Gambhir didn’t lay emphasis on the tournament commencing immediately, he talked about the possibility of IPL 2020’s existence uplifting people’s spirits. With the country in lockdown for more than a month now, sports might just prove to a mood-changer.
“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.
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,” Gambhir was quoted as saying during an interview with Sports Tak.
Gautam Gambhir hopes for IPL 2020 to let nation win amidst COVID-19 threat
The uncertainty regarding the future of the biggest T20 league had invited multiple reports which revolved around how the tournament can be commenced later in the year.
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For now, no official confirmation has been made by the BCCI which quashes all reports doing the rounds. Other than IPL 2020, many other international series are also facing ramifications of coronavirus.
Talking about the world coming to a standstill, Gambhir opined that IPL 2020 might be the “most special” of all the IPLs irrespective of where and how it is played.
“When the world has been brought to a standstill, then there seems to be negativity around, but when people watch IPL, the atmosphere would change.
So, this IPL would be the most special of all the IPLs 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,” Gambhir added.