Everyone Thought IPL 2021 Going On Was Positive As Watching It On TV Offered Distraction To Covid-19, Says Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) fast bowler, who flew to the Maldives after the suspension of IPL 2021, explained why everyone believed continuing the tournament was a good thing at that time. Despite the covid-19 crisis in India deepening in the past few weeks, the Indian Premier League 2021 continued in the country for the entire month of April, inciting a debate. While some were of the view that the tournament should be halted keeping the things happening in the country, others felt that it should continue as it gave the people of India under lockdown a much-needed mode

Everyone Thought IPL 2021 Going On Was Positive As Watching It On TV Offered Distraction To Covid-19, Says Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) fast bowler, who flew to the Maldives after the suspension of IPL 2021, explained why everyone believed continuing the tournament was a good thing at that time.

Despite the covid-19 crisis in India deepening in the past few weeks, the Indian Premier League 2021 continued in the country for the entire month of April, inciting a debate. While some were of the view that the tournament should be halted keeping the things happening in the country, others felt that it should continue as it gave the people of India under lockdown a much-needed mode of distraction.

Pat Cummins[photo: Twitter]

Pat Cummins Never Felt Unsafe In India As Everyone Thought IPL 2021 Going On Was Positive

Unfortunately, as May rolled on, the covid entered IPL’s bio-bubble and with several players(Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, Amit Mishra, and Wriddhiman Saha) testing positive for the virus, the BCCI and IPL’s governing council decided mutually to suspend the tournament with immediate effect.

Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)
Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)

Kolkata Knight Riders fast bowler Pat Cummins, who flew to the Maldives after the tournament’s suspension, gave his insights on the above-mentioned debate and explained why everyone believed continuing the tournament was a good thing at the time.

“Seeing the media from back home, it [India’s pandemic] is huge news, and rightly so given what India is going through, but I’ve never felt unsafe here,” Cummins was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.

“I’ve felt quite helpless and quite detached from it all being kept in comfortable hotels,” he said.

“We were playing games and training as every other year. It just felt that I should be doing more for the people around us.The first thing I wanted to do was make sure playing the IPL was the right call. Speaking to people back home, some had the view that it didn’t see right cricket was going on over here in amongst all the COVID cases,” he added.

“But the response I was getting from people in India was the opposite. They all said that with so many people in a lockdown they really appreciate the fact that for three or four hours each night they can watch the IPL.”

“It gives people a routine, it helps to keep them in homes. Everyone thought it was a positive the IPL was still going on. I wondered what could I do? India has been so good to me for so long as a player.

“The people are amazing. I wanted to try and help out and give back a little bit. The IPL in the UAE last year was brilliant, it was really well run, but millions of people were saying it should have been played in India, so what do you do? You can see both sides. They set up this tournament with all the best advice,” he signed off.

Earlier, Pat Cummins wanted IPL 2021 to continue as he feels ending the tournament is not a solution. But IPL 2021 was suspended on Tuesday (May 04) after a string of fresh COVID-19 cases were reported across the bio-bubbles of four teams. A total of 4 players tested positive along with support staff at the CSK.

The BCCI hosted the entire edition of the IPL 2020 (last season) in the Middle East (UAE), across three venues – Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai – which could serve as a potential venue of ‘IPL 2021 2nd phase’ this year as well.

Pat Cummins Donated $50,000 To Help India Fight Covid-19

Pat Cummins recently donated $50,000 to help India fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Later he issued a clarification from his official Twitter handle that he had decided to donate $50,000 to UNICEF Australia’s India COVID-19 Crisis Appeal and not to PM Cares fund.

File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters
File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters

While fans thanked the young Australian for his consideration and empathy towards the country, many told him that he should not have and that he would have been better off giving the money to some of the other NGOs instead.

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Michael Vaughan Looks Back At India’s Historic Test Series Win In 2020/21 Against Australia

Michael Vaughan looked back at India’s historic Test series win in Australia in the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, calling it a ‘brilliant series to watch’. After losing the first Test in Adelaide by eight wickets, India roared back to take the series 2-1, winning the second and fourth Tests in Melbourne and Brisbane respectively, while the third Test match in Sydney ended in a magnificent draw. Michael Vaughan: India And Australia Series 2020/21 Was A Brilliant Series To Watch With regular skipper Virat Kohli returning home after the first Test, the odds were stacked against India and their stand-in captain Ajinkya

Michael Vaughan Looks Back At India’s Historic Test Series Win In 2020/21 Against Australia

Michael Vaughan looked back at India’s historic Test series win in Australia in the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, calling it a ‘brilliant series to watch’.

After losing the first Test in Adelaide by eight wickets, India roared back to take the series 2-1, winning the second and fourth Tests in Melbourne and respectively, while the third Test match in Sydney ended in a magnificent draw.

Michael Vaughan. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Michael Vaughan: India And Australia Series 2020/21 Was A Brilliant Series To Watch

With regular skipper Virat Kohli returning home after the first Test, the odds were stacked against India and their stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane. Despite losing several key players to injury as the series progressed, India fought back to register one of their greatest Test series wins of all time.

“It was a brilliant series to watch. The Aussies pummeling them at the Adelaide Oval – 26 all out. Then Virat going back home to be next to his wife giving birth. No one gave India a chance, I don’t care who you are,” Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, said while talking on Fox Cricket.

“The way that they bounced back and Ajinkya Rahane’s captaincy was spectacular. And then to get to Sydney and the Aussies just pummel them for a few days. There’s nothing like the last day battling out for a draw, ” Michael Vaughan said.

If winning the second Test was remarkable in its own sense, what followed in Sydney and Gabba were on epic proportions. With their back against the wall, India produced a memorable draw in Sydney.

Hanuma Vihari
Hanuma Vihari. AP Photo

Starting the final day at 98/2 and needing 309 to win, India battled throughout the day with Rishabh Pant scoring a magnificent 97, along with Cheteshwar Pujara’s knock of 77. They added 148 runs and even though the partnership was broken, Ravichandran Ashwin and an injured Hanuma Vihari produced a marathon match-saving effort.

Michael Vaughan: Very Special Rishabh Pant Enlighted Last 2 Tests

As the action moved to Gabba for the final game of the series – a venue where Australia had not lost a Test match since 1988, no one gave India a chance, and yet, the visitors proved everyone wrong, winning the match by three wickets, with Rishabh Pant once again leading India’s charge with an unbeaten 89, along with half-centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara (56) and young Shubman Gill (91).

“It’s a great spectacle when a team just trying to hang in there. A little bit of banter – Ashwin taking a little bit of talking from behind the stumps. And then the Aussies arriving at the Gabba thinking that’s all. They just can’t get beaten at the Gabba… they’ll steamroll them,” Michael Vaughan added.

Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)

“Throughout the whole tour, we knew Rishabh Pant was a player. We all know that he’s got something very special, but I thought particularly those last two Test matches, Pant came to light. It was a brilliant series. I can only imagine how much red wine Ravi Shastri must have had,” Michael Vaughan concluded.

India was bundled out for just 36 runs in their second innings in the first Test against Australia in Adelaide, losing the day/night Test by 8 wickets. India bounced back to win the second Test in Melbourne, showed remarkable resilience to draw the third Test in Sydney, and won the fourth Test in Brisbane for their second successive Test series triumph on Australian soil.

Rishabh Pant’s 97 nearly turned the Sydney Test in India’s favour which India managed to draw while his 89 not out at Brisbane won them the series Down Under.

Ajinkya Rahane set the tone for a dramatic turnaround for the visitors with a match-winning ton in the 2nd Test at Melbourne. He was the guiding light for the youngsters like Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj and T Natarajan who stepped up in the absence of senior players and gave their best to outclass the Aussies in their own backyard.

Being 1-0 down, losing the services of regular skipper Virat Kohli due to his paternity leave, having lost several key players like Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, , Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja due to injuries at various stages of 4 match Test series, a second-string Ajinkya Rahane-led India staged a comeback as they won their second straight Test series on Australian soil. The win at Brisbane was more creditable as they even struggled to field an XI and eventually fielded a team without any frontline bowler.

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