The Coronavirus outbreak has compelled the world to stay at home in order to curb the spread of the deadly pathogen. The sporting world has been affected as tournaments and events had to be called off or deferred because of the outbreak. Players are working out at home while keeping their fans captivated with posts on their activities on social media.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) not long ago shared a video of young wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant working out during the lockdown to keep himself fit during those times.
The 22-year-old is seen doing side planks, running on a trademill and doing push-ups in the clip shared by the BCCI. Indian Premier League (IPL) has been put back because of the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The players are trying to keep themselves fit for the tournament.
England cricketer Ben Stokes is also keeping himself fit for the IPL 2020 if it takes pplace. In an interview with BBC, Ben Stokes stated that IPL 2020 is going to be the next competitive cricket that he will be playing while coomfirming his availability for the season regardless of the Coronavirus lockdown in India. However, his comment did no go well among the fabs as hefaced some backlash.
“At the moment my next competitive cricket is going to be in the IPL,” Stokes told BBC.
A twitter user used this statement to tell the English all-rounder to ‘forget the money and limelight’ and ‘think for everyone’. The comment did not go unnoticed as the cricketer asked the fan to read the entire interview and not just the headline.
This is what Stokes had said in the interview, “I have to get my head round that I am playing even though in the back of my mind I know I am probably not. I have to build up and get myself physically in a position that if it does happen I am good to go. “I cannot take three weeks off and expect the body to be ready for April 20 because it doesn’t work like that. It might happen and if it does I don’t want to be behind.
“There will be a lot of advice given to us and if it was an option to go we will have to take the sensible one.”