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IPL 2020: Indian players might take time getting used to empty stands, says Styris

IANS/New Delhi
Filed on September 8, 2020
Top Indian players like Virat Kohli are used to playing in front of big crowds

Chennai Super Kings will take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener on September 19

Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris feels Indian players might take time getting used to playing in empty stadiums in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which is set to begin from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

"I don't think there will be too much of an adjustment for the overseas players. A lot of the overseas players play in front of small crowds or even empty grounds on a regular basis, so they will be used to that," said Styris.

"But you are right, Indian players, I can't remember. I mean (Virat) Kohli, 10 years ago, most of those players have been around long enough now. They won't struggle, but they will just wonder where they are and look for that energy in other ways," he added.

Meanwhile, former pacer Ajit Agarkar believes India cricketers will be 'grateful' to play in the upcoming IPL edition as there has been a long gap because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"It might be a bit odd for the first couple of games, but at the end of the day, you are grateful enough that the tournament is taking place. You are getting to play some cricket.

"A lot of these guys are at the peak of their careers, not having cricket for six months, that's a huge loss when you are doing so well in your career. So, they will be very excited to actually play the tournament.

"It might be little odd at the start, but like Scotty (Scott Styris) said, that energy sometimes you get from crowds, particularly in India, the IPL has moved to the UAE, but in India, it can sometimes act like a 12th man for the home team," he added.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in the tournament opener at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on September 19.


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