The Indian Premier League 2021 is just around the corner, fans are all set and excited for the matches to be played in its home country, India this year. With an exceptional season that culminated with an emphatic and crushing 2-1 ODI series win for Team India led by Virat Kohli against England; all eyes are now set on the 14th season of the IPL.
Although India’s biggest Cricket Festival returns home, the circumstances are unusual with bio – secure bubbles, strict protocols, multiple Covid tests, sanitized balls, and players in masks. But that has not deterred the excitement among the fans.
Nitin Sachinist, a super fan of Mumbai Indians, said to Hindustan Times, “I am extremely happy that the IPL is returning to India and can’t wait to see all my favorite Mumbai Indians heroes in action. There’s no doubt that Mumbai Indians will make it a hat-trick of titles and I’m confident that we can grab our sixth IPL trophy.”
Prabhu Damodharan, Co-founder, Whistle Podu Army, Official fan club of Chennai Super Kings: “Nothing can match the excitement when IPL is near. This time, Chennai Super Kings will take to the field with a well-balanced team and completely different mindset.”
Prathamesh Avachare, co-founder of Virat Gang and RCB Bold Brigade, said: “The return of the IPL to India has brought immense joy to all of us. Whenever the IPL is on, we are able to feel that great sense of joy, which is important to all of us, especially during these times. RCB looks a formidable side this season and with Virat Kohli batting as an opener, I am confident that it will provide a good start for the team.”
Virat Kohli clicked rooting for his team, posing in front of an RCB banner wearing a V-Shwas Mask for Covid Safety.
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However, amidst the excitement, fans will be deprived of witnessing the IPL action live in the stadiums, due to the new surge in Covid Positive Cases.
Going a year back, Featuring India's most revered and celebrated cricketers such as Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar, the BCCI had created a new video introducing Team India as the TEAM MASK FORCE to promote wearing masks in public places and help the country battle the COVID-19 pandemic. With the IPL approaching and the current rise in Covid Cases, BCCI has issued a 50 page document defining strict protocols and SOPs that must be adhered by all teams during the League.
While the sport governing bodies are taking all measures and precautions to curb the rise of Covid cases, especially due to the matches by issuing mandates, the Players are also doing their bit by showing up wearing masks and following all Covid Norms, displaying immaculate responsibility and civic sense as National Heroes.
The Mumbai Indians Team arrived in Chennai on 1st April 2021, masking the Covid threat with V-shwas Masks.
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Endorsing the spirit of letting the show go on – with precautions, Cricketers have been seen donning the face masks as a fashionable yet necessary accessory keeping themselves safe and urging people to do the same for the benefit of the community as a whole.
Mask On - they say, to stay safe and to keep others safe!
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