The opening strains of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities is as follows: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness… it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness…”
He would possibly nicely have been writing about IPL 2020.
This match is being performed in opposition to the backdrop of a world in disaster – a worldwide well being pandemic, financial calamity, despair and despair in virtually each group in each nation in each continent.
Perhaps, on this season of darkness, IPL is offering a burst of sunshine, a second of pleasure, a cheerful distraction, is a beacon of hope amid the gloom, is elevating a smile by the tears.
Maybe, in these very unusual occasions, this 13th version of the match may be an important, probably the most important IPL of all.
Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying cricket alone could make something higher, however cricket can generate some excellent news amid all of the dangerous information, and so assume a worthwhile position.
Here within the United Arab Emirates, the gamers, coaches and workers reside in our respective bubbles. We barely communicate to anybody exterior our squad – there may be 4 groups practising at one venue on the identical time and no one is allowed to combine – so we spend all of our time inside our items. We get to know one another higher. We discuss our households and our lives.
Of course, we miss the folks, the crowds and the particular buzz of an IPL in India. At RCB, we miss our deafening Chinnaswamy! Yet, throughout the broader context, we’re protected, nicely organised and very grateful.
And once we play, once we exit to bat or bowl or area, we’re conscious of actually tons of of tens of millions folks all through India and around the globe watching the matches on their televisions at dwelling.
Many, too many of those folks could also be experiencing extreme well being and or financial challenges, and it’s nothing lower than a privilege for us as cricketers to have the chance to entertain and excite, to generate some gentle and pleasure in what presently appears a darkish, unhappy world.
This is a singular interval in all of our lives, and that is beginning to really feel like a really particular IPL.
(The author performs for RCB. The views are private.)
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