With no cricket going on, all the cricketers have a lot of free time on their hands right now. Many cricketers have also been proactive on their social media in the past few weeks due to the lockdown. India international and Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan was involved in an Instagram live chat with former Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews. During the conversation, Dhawan mentioned how everyone will miss playing in front of a huge crowd if the tournaments are played behind closed doors amid the pandemic.
“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,” Dhawan said.
“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.
Dhawan last played an ODI match for India in January before injuring himself which ruled him out for the New Zealand series.
If not for coronavirus pandemic, Shikhar Dhawan would be busy playing for Delhi Capitals in IPL right now. Scheduled to commence on March 29, the 13th edition of IPL was postponed until April 15. Later on, the Board of Control for Cricket in India suspended the tournament indefinitely.
Speaking on the future of IPL, the left-handed batsman replied: “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. It will be really good as it brings a lot of positivity. It’s very important that some sports return to improve the environment and mood. It will have a huge impact if the IPL returns.”