MUMBAI: Indian star opener and Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma feels that the Indian Premier League (IPL) can wait but the country is of utmost importance right now. He says that at the present time, the whole of the country should have the priority that how can we all come out of such a big crisis.
In a candid chat with teammate Yuzvendra Chahal, Sharma was quizzed about the fate of IPL 2020 in the midst of coronavirus scare. The much-awaited event was postponed from March 29th to April 15th but as the situation keeps on degrading and also the 21 days' lockdown, it seems that it might get pushed back further or can even get canceled.
"We should first think about the country. The situation needs to get better first then we can talk about the IPL. Let life get back to normal first," said Rohit about the tournament.
"I haven't seen Bombay like this before," he said further at the deserted Mumbai as the people were indoors. He further said, "As cricketers, we don't get time with family. So much of tours and cricket is there. This is a time to spend with them and loads of it."
Sharma was rested for the home ODI series against South Africa. However, it got canceled due to the pandemic. The limited-overs vice-captain said he wanted to see Chahal back in action after the New Zealand tour did not go well for India. While India won the T20 series against the Kiwis with 5-0, it got whitewashed in the next two subsequent series- ODI and Test.
"I bowled decent but I am missing a winning spell for long. I am getting 2-3 wickets but I want a winning spell, and that is missing, Chahal said.