In a great world, the millennials in Mumbai would have trudged out of a busy Churchgate station, largely in Blues with a liberal sprinkling of canary yellow between them making their presence felt. The barely elder ones, having fun with their cosy Sundays throughout India and few who’re going through mid-life disaster could be blissful that late evenings throughout subsequent seven weeks are taken care of regardless that the trumpet prelude of Spanish track “En Er Mundo – Pepe El Trompeta” will probably be irritating.
But at present is just not a great Sunday because it’s not a great world. It’s the COVID-19 world the place life doesn’t have life anymore as individuals battle for existence. So there gained’t be any IPL at eight pm, there gained’t be a Mahendra Singh Dhoni ambling throughout the Wankhede turf with a disarming smile or Rohit Sharma gained’t pull a quick bowler with nonchalance with unsaid phrases “Take that for a six, ICC”.
There wouldn’t be jostling for distant management throughout this lockdown. So some will accept Netflix to observe rerun of ‘Friends’ and some might wish to revisit their teenagers watching Byomkesh Bakshi on DD National. This IPL would have been Dhoni’s comeback event after eight and a half months. He would have once more led the facet, face not gifting away something however unbridled pleasure when Chennai Super Kings does one thing.
This would have maybe been the final yr with CSK’s ‘Dad’s Army’ with lots of gamers like Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson unlikely to function in yellow jersey subsequent yr. This was in all probability Dhoni’s probability to get again into the groove and present the world why Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul can nonetheless be requested to attend for one final world event.
If IPL doesn’t occur and World T20 is held this yr (topic to normalcy), will we see Dhoni in India blues once more? His followers gained’t like that however likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Virender Sehwag and Kapil Dev have felt in any other case and not with out legitimate causes.
The 14 occasions that we have been assured of watching him in motion and could also be twice or thrice extra if CSK would have made the finals, may not occur. You would miss Virat Kohli’s agony and ecstacy as Royal Challengers Bangalore with their sort of gamers’ roster, which majority consider, would have flattered to deceive.
The capability crowd on the Eden Gardens, which these days offers dormant response to even high quality Test matches would have shouted their lungs out. Some for the gamers and some for Shah Rukh Khan sitting on the decrease tier of Club House balcony. They gained’t shout because it’s the lungs that everybody wants to guard now. Airborne David Warner’s fist pumps can’t be loved with Paradise’s mutton biryani and Hyderabad’s personal double ka meetha.
We in all probability gained’t get to understand how good Anil Kumble’s third stint as a mentor/coach (after MI and India) would have gone with a passionate proprietor like Preity Zinta watching each efficiency of Kings XI Punjab. Pant on his half would have favored to rock the IPL stage — one thing that he had made his personal in previous few years, with these audacious hook photographs even when he’s off stability.
How nicely would have Steve Smith captained Rajasthan Royals? Good sufficient to drive Cricket Australia selectors at hand again the captaincy to him from Aaron Finch? We may by no means know. It’s eight pm at present and IPL gained’t start. Deal with it of us.