The coronavirus outbreak has not only brought the entire cricket season to a standstill but also affected the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) season. The IPL 2020 was supposed to get underway from March 29 until the coronavirus pandemic caused BCCI to take major step regarding the IPL 2020 postponed till April 15. With no IPL action taking place, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsman Nitish Rana took to Twitter asking fans not to lose heart during the India lockdown.
Delhi batsman Nitish Rana has been an integral part of the KKR batting lineup and just like other cricketers, he is also following coronavirus guidelines during the India lockdown. In his Twitter post, Nitish Rana wrote that the fight against coronavirus won't last forever and the sun will rise again. Here's what Nitish Rana tweeted
Can't wait to see you bat— Nadeem Hossain (@nadeemhossain07) April 14, 2020
If the sun is not same as last.— piyush singh (@march06piyush) April 14, 2020
No IPL...and I don't wanna se this year...be safe— puneet Shukla (@puneets77141799) April 14, 2020
Very well said sir.. We will surely fight against corona by maintaining social distancing and staying at home and again we will rise..stay safe..— Shruti (@shrutiG12) April 14, 2020
KKR star Nitish Rana first came into limelight during the IPL 2017 when he smashed 333 runs in just 13 games while playing for current IPL champions Mumbai Indians. Despite having a good season, Nitish Rana was back in auction pool after being released by Mumbai Indians. Kolkata Knight Riders went all out to buy the left-handed batsman for a sum of ₹3.4 crore and since then, he has been the mainstay of the KKR batting lineup.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the India lockdown has been extended to May 3 due to coronavirus. The announcement came as a major setback for BCCI, who has stayed quiet over the future of the IPL 2020. Leading news agency ANI tweeted that BCCI sources have claimed that due to India's lockdown extension, the IPL has been postponed till at least May 3.
As the lockdown has been extended till May 3 by the government, we will postpone the Indian Premier League for the time being: BCCI Sources pic.twitter.com/VzRpTlVa9M— ANI (@ANI) April 14, 2020
Earlier reports had suggested that the IPL could be held in October-November instead of the T20 World Cup (in case it is cancelled) but a BCCI official recently commented that making the IPL happen in October will be much more complicated than it seems.