The sporting scenario across the world has suffered a major blow since the outbreak of COVID-19. Be it bilateral series or domestic T20 tournaments– all sporting action has either been cancelled or postponed in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. In India, the positive cases have reached over 80,000 and more than 2500 individuals have succumbed to death. Amid this current situation, there is no certainty over the resumption of sports.
During the lockdown, Indian internationals have been busy either on social media or with their family. Many players have also been working out indoors to keep themselves fit during this period. The fourth phase of lockdown is yet to be announced and the BCCI may allow the Indian team members to train outside from next week.
However, two of the top stars of the Indian team, captain Virat Kohli and white-ball vice-captain Rohit Sharma may miss out on this opportunity. As both the players are residing in Mumbai — the coronavirus hotspot– the government is expected to lay down stricter rules in the capital city. According to reports, the lockdown in Mumbai might get extended upto May 31.
Kohli and Rohit are currently residing in Mumbai
Kohli and Rohit were set to lead their respective franchises — Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore– in the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League. The tournament was slated to start from March 29 but it eventually landed in hot waters because of the pandemic. The cash-rich league has currently been postponed for an indefinite period.
Mumbai has recorded almost 1,000 coronavirus deaths and over 25,000 individuals have tested positive so far. Considering the increase of cases in Mumbai, the state government is set to extend the lockdown further. Mumbai accounts for more than a third of India’s fatalities so far and hence, the situation is quite stern in the city.
“For players like Kohli and Rohit, the restrictions are there in Mumbai and might stay,” revealed BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal as quoted by The Times of India.
“As of now, we are working, given the lockdown restrictions, through apps and online modes. The coaches and support staff are regularly in touch with the players,” he added.
“Everybody would be keen to hit the ground and the idea is whenever we are ready for cricket to resume, they (the players) are able to give their 100 per cent,” Dhumal signed off.
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