All sporting events in the world have been postponed because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Even the most important event in sports, The Tokyo Olympics 2020 has been postponed to 2021. Other events like UEFA Euro 2020 has also been rescheduled to 2021, while events like French Open have been rescehduled to a later date in 2020 itself. The major setback has also affected the much-awaited IPL 2020. It was scheduled to start at March 31, but was later rescheduled to April 15. Now it seems even the rescheduled date won’t be any good for the cash-rich tournament. Yet, Rohit Sharma feels hopeful for the tournament to take place.
On a live chat in Instagram, in an exclusive conversation with Retired English batsman Kevin Pietersen, Indian opening batsman and Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma expressed hope that the IPL 2020, a yearly tournament, might not be outright cancelled and could be held when the Coronavirus pandemic subsides.
At some stage, when things settle down, it might happen, who knows,” Rohit Sharma spoke to Pietersen in the Instagram live chat on Thursday.
Rohit Sharma was given the reins of Mumbai Indians after Ricky Ponting transfered from being a captain to being the Head Coach of team. Rohit has since led the franchise to a record four times IPL victory.
Pietersen went on to speak to him about his saddest moment related to his cricketing career, and Rohit answered that not getting picked for the 2011 World Cup hit him hard. India won the 2011 World Cup at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, with Tendulkar’s Laureus Award winning celebration following the win. It must have been hard for Sharma, a star of the Mumbai Ranji Team to not be a part of the unforgettable moment.
“Not getting picked for the 2011 World Cup squad, that was the saddest moment as it was happening in our own backyard, the final was played at my home ground,” Rohit said.
But Rohit did understand that his performance didn’t warrant a call-up for the World Cup squad at that point of time. “It was due to my performances, I was not at my best,” he added.
Eventually, Rohit made himself a regular in the Indian line-up, transforming into a match-changing opening batsman, scoring three double centuries in One Day International cricket while also making a long-awaited Test debut.In 2019 World Cup, Rohit went on to become the highest run scorer, despite tough competition from Kane Williamson and Shakib Al-Hasan.