Recently, the veteran Indian opener, Rohit Sharma had an exclusive conversation with former England cricketer, Kevin Pietersen, said that the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) might be held once the situation related to the coronavirus outbreak settles down in India.
In a live chat with Pietersen on Instagram on Thursday, Rohit said, “At some stage, when things settle down, it might happen, who knows,” Rohit told Pietersen in a live chat on Instagram on Thursday.
IPL 2020 was scheduled to commence on March 29 but earlier this month, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to suspend India’s biggest money-spinner till April 15 as a precautionary measure. Rohit Sharma, who has led Mumbai Indians to record four IPL titles, then told Pietersen that the time he spent with former Australian skipper, Ricky Ponting at the franchise was “magic.”
Ponting led the MI team in 2013 before handing over the reins to Rohit. The Australian then became the head coach of MI, before moving to Delhi Capitals. Pietersen then asked Sharma about the lowest point of his career and the latter said that his exclusion from the 2011 World Cup squad did hit him hard.
Rohit said, “Not getting picked for the 2011 World Cup squad, that was the saddest moment as it was happening in our own backyard, the final was played at my home ground.”
However, Rohit also went on to acknowledge that it was due to his own mistakes that he did not make it to the squad as he wasn’t at his best during that period. However, he now came a long way since India lifted the World Cup in 2011 after defeating Sri Lanka in the final.
Sharma has consolidated his position at the top of India’s batting order in all formats and in the 2019 World Cup Rohit became the first batsman to score five centuries in a single edition of the World Cup.