IPL without fans cheering in stadiums is boring. Or is it?

IPL, Fans, Cricket, Sports
You could never imagine a game of cricket being played in a stadium without the participation of fans. But, the year 2020 has been different for cricket, and sports in general | Image - Prathap Ravishankar

Indian batting legend Rahul Dravid, while delivering the Bradman Oration in Australia, in 2011, said, “Everything that has given cricket its power and influence in the world of sports has started from that fan in the stadium.”

Back then, Dravid was calling upon the game’s administrators and players to think about fans while making decisions. The former India captain was right when he said fans had given cricket “power” and “influence”.

You could never imagine a game of cricket being played in a stadium without the participation of fans. But, the year 2020 has been different for cricket, and sports in general. Now, the fan is missing.

The involvement of spectators at stadiums has been done away with, albeit temporarily, due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is strange for players to be plying their trade in front of empty stands in big stadiums.

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