IPL: Ageing legend's hopes fade in Covid-hit world

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MS Dhoni (right)
MS Dhoni (right)

Dubai - Dhoni,will be hoping the IPL takes off as this is perhaps his last chance to show he still has what it takes to don the India colours again

By Randall Rosario

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Published: Mon 30 Mar 2020, 3:50 PM

Last updated: Tue 31 Mar 2020, 12:49 AM

For the past several months, the cricket aficionados in India and elsewhere were waiting with bated breath for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League to start. But little did they know that the fate of their favouite T20 League would be hanging by a thread due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It's the Covid-19 world where life has come to a virtual standstill -- be it entertainment, tourism, sports and most other gatherings. And the IPL is no exception.
The much-awaited opening match between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings was originally scheduled to start on Sunday, March 29, before it got rescheduled.
And as per recent reports, it looks unlikely that the tournament will take place at all.
If things had gone as per plans, then one would have witnessed fans mostly clad in Blue along with sizeable dressed in yellows, wading towards the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
But then it didn't turn out to be an ideal Sunday.
No IPL match meant there was no MS Dhoni ambling across the Wankhede turf with a disarming smile or Rohit Sharma's pull off a fast bowler.
Sunday's match, had it been on schedule, would have been Dhoni's comeback tournament after eight and a half months. Dhoni would have again led the side to bring unbridled joy to his fans, both supporting Chennai Super Kings and India.
In the hindsight, Dhoni will be hoping the IPL takes off as this is perhaps his last chance to show he still has what it takes to don the India colours again.
From an optimistic perspective, if the BCCI manage to stage the full 60-game IPL then one can expect to see Dhoni in action at least 14 times and may be twice or thrice more if CSK advance to the final. Which obviously will offer India's iconic wicketkeeper-batsman a glimmer of hope as the 38-year-old wants the 2020 T20 World Cup to be his swansong. But, in a world ravaged by Covid-19, there is a genuine fear that the IPL could be cancelled this year.
If these fears do come true, then Dhoni's comeback hopes will not only evaporate, the fans also would be deprived of seeing Virat Kohli's agony and ecstasy in the colours of perennial underachievers Royal Challengers Bangalore.
There could be an eerie of silence at the iconic Eden Gardens. There would be no airborne David Warner's fist pumps or Rishabh Pant's audacious hook shots even in an off balance position
How well would have Steve Smith captained Rajasthan Royals? Good enough to force Cricket Australia selectors to hand back the captaincy to him from Aaron Finch? We might never know.

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