Virat Kohli feels that it would be quite difficult for the players to create the magic of playing in front of thousands of fans if the matches are held behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 threat.
Cricket tournaments commencing behind closed doors in the near future is a big possibility with the Coronavirus Pandemic creating havoc in the world as well as in the sporting events. While India’s Captain Virat Kohli is sure that matches will be played at a very good intensity in the near future but he feels that without any crowd present to witness the game it would be quite difficult to create “those magical moments” for the players. The IPL 2020 is worst hit by the Pandemic as it got postponed indefinitely due to the increasing threat of COVID-19 there is massive doubt over the commencement of the T20 World Cup which is scheduled to take place in Australia in October this year.
With sporting events getting called off, many players have called for tournaments to be commenced behind closed doors. But the star batsman Virat Kohli doubts that “one will feel that same magic happening inside which they used to feel with crowds, without any crowd turning up.
“It’s quite possible that it might happen”, Kohli said when asked about what it would be like to play behind closed doors. “I honestly don’t know how everyone would take that, because we are so used to playing in front of so many passionate fans. I know the game will be played at a very good intensity but that feeling of the crowd connecting with the players and the tension of the game which everyone goes through in the stadium, those emotions are very difficult to recreate behind closed doors”, said Kohli on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected”.
“So thing will still go on, but I really doubt that the player will feel that something magical happening inside because of the atmosphere that was created. You will just play the sport how it is supposed to be played, but those historic magical moments will be quite difficult to come by in the closed stadium settings”, added the Indian team Captain.
Last month, Australian cricketer Nathon Lyon spoke about how Virat would react to playing in an empty stadium. “He is good enough to adapt to any scenarios. But I was recently talking to Mitch Starc and we actually said that if we are playing with no crowd then it will be quite amazing to witness Virat trying to cope up with the empty seats,” Lyon quoted. “It’s going to be a little bit different but Virat is a superstar and he will be definitely able to adapt to any climate that we are able to play in”, Lyon added further.