Cricketers will miss playing in front of huge crowds: Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan celebrating century against Sri Lanka at Galle.
Shikhar Dhawan celebrating century against Sri Lanka at Galle.

NEW DELHI: India opener Shikhar Dhawan has said that all players will indeed miss playing in front of packed stadiums once cricket resumes in the post COVID-19 world and take place behind closed doors for some time.

Dhawan gave his opinion doing an Instagram live with former Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews. The duo talked on various issues including the resumption of cricket in the post COVID world.

“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.

The 13th season of IPL was scheduled to start in March but was indefinitely suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dhawan, who would be representing Delhi Capitals in the IPL, also seemed optimistic about the cash-rich tournament taking place this year.

“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, if it happens, it will be really good as it brings a lot of positivity”, he said.

“It’s very important that some sports return to improve the environment and mood, it will have a huge impact if the IPL returns,” he added. (AGENCIES)