Indian captain Virat Kohli believes that after the end of the Covid-19 epidemic, there is every possibility that cricket will be played in an empty stadium. Although this will not affect the players’ spirit he believes that they will definitely miss the magical atmosphere.
BCCI has already postponed the Indian Premier League (IPL). T20 World Cup 2020 which is going to be played in Australia this year is also in danger. On the other side, England has also postponed “The Hundred” League to 2021. This league was going to be organized for the first time this year.
Cricket boards all over the world are considering the option of starting the game in an empty stadium. There is also speculation that spectators may be kept away from the stadium to hold the T20 World Cup in Australia as there is still uncertainty over its event due to the global health crisis.
Virat Kohli on empty stadium matches
On the idea of playing cricket matches in the empty stadiums, Indian captain Virat Kohli has given a statement on Star Sport show “Cricket Connected”. He said,
“It’s quite a possible situation, it might happen, I honestly don’t know how everyone is going to take that because we all are used to playing in front of so many passionate fans.
With this, the Indian captain Virat Kohli also feels that the intensity of playing cricket matches against the crowd is going to be missed.
“I know it will be played at a very good intensity but that feeling of the crowd connecting with the players and the tension of the game where everyone goes through it in the stadium, those emotions are very difficult to recreate.
Virat Kohli added, If cricket matches are being played in empty stadiums everyone is going to miss those magical atmosphere created by the crowd.
“Things will still go on, but I doubt that one will feel that magic happening inside because of the atmosphere that was created. We will play sports how it is supposed to be played, but those magical moments will be difficult to come by,”
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However, the great Australian player Ellen Border said that hosting the World Cup would not be right without the audience. Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and a few other cricketers believe the same.