Cricket magic will be missing without crowds, says Virat Kohli
Cricket Boards and intellectuals across the globe are choosing the option of resuming the sport in empty stadium without crowds. There has been a propaganda that fans could be kept away from stadiums for a while to salvage the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia.
This edition of World Cup is currently under threat due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli believes that there are many moments in cricket history which was brought by the fans only. Miracle happens due to excitement of cricket, according to Kohli. But as this is assuming that fans will not be there, he believes these magic moments will be missing.
Virat Kohli believes cricket in empty stadiums is a real possibility in a post COVID-19 world and though it is unlikely to have a bearing on the intensity of players by the fans.
“It’s quite a possible situation, it might happen, I honestly don’t know how everyone is going to take that because we all are used to playing in front of so many passionate fans,” Kohli said in Star Sports’ show ‘Cricket Connected’.
“I know it will be played at a very good intensity but that feeling of the crowd connecting with the players and the tension of the game where everyone goes through it in the stadium, those emotions are very difficult to recreate,”
Kohli said the many moments which are created because of the passion brought in by fans it will be greater part of irony. “Things will still go on, but I doubt that one will feel that magic happening inside because of the atmosphere that was created. We will play sports how it is supposed to be played, but those magical moments will be difficult to come by,” he said.
Cricketers such as Ben Stokes, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler and Pat Cummins have consented the idea of playing in empty stadium. Although, legendary Australian Allan Border has said it would defy belief to host a World Cup without audience. Another Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and some other cricketers have also expressed similar sentiments.