The cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) was slated to start on March 29, but it did not, due to the coronavirus outbreak. In a perfect scenario, Mumbai Indians’ batsman Suryakumar Yadav should have played the tournament opener against Chennai Super Kings yesterday, but that did not happen. Also Read - UP News: 21 Fresh Coronavirus Cases in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Total Tally at 591
The Maharashtrian cricketer seemed to be missing all the cricketing action amid the 21-day lockdown clamped to stop the spread of the deadly virus. Also Read - 'Govt Penalising Doctors', Delhi Medical Association Hits Out at CM Kejriwal For Warning Hospitals Over COVID-19 Crisis
He took to Twitter and expressed how he felt about the situation. He wrote, “Mentally at Wankhede stadium. But physically at home. This too shall pass.” Also Read - Procure And Stock PPE Kits, Oxygen Masks For 3 Months, Delhi Govt Directs Hospitals Amid Rise in COVID-19 Cases
Yadav is a key member of the franchise. He contributes with the bat in the backend of the innings ensuring a perfect finish.
Apart from being a part of the winning MI squad last year, he was also their highest run-getter in the 2018 season, where he amassed 512 runs and remained in the top 15 highest run-getters of the tournament in the previous edition, with 424 runs at 32.61.
Meanwhile, there are talks that like other major events across the sporting calendar getting canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, IPL could also face the same fate.
Amid the lockdown, cricketers are engaging in fun activities to keep themselves busy, while some of them are focussing on their fitness.