‘There will be a sense of doubt or fear’, Rahul Dravid on cricket’s resumption post virus scare

Written by Abhishek Patil

Cricketing ties have come to a halt altogether with major tournaments, such as the IPL 2020 getting postponed twice in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While it still remains to be seen what changes will be implemented post the resumption of ties in the gentlemen’s game, former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid believes there will be a sense of fear and uncertainity among players for a brief period.

Speaking at a Facebook Live show, titled Staying Ahead of the Curve alongside Abhinav Bindra and Prakash Padukone, Dravid opined, “For a short period, there may be a sense of doubt or fear about certain things. I am sure there will be a certain hesitancy when we get back in, also there will be certain hesitancy in terms of people. Personally, I don’t see that (the Covid-enforced break) as a huge problem. I don’t think that once elite sportspersons get on the field, get to do what they really love, they will have a problem.

One of the challenges for a lot of sportspersons will be to trust their bodies after two or three months of not playing sports or movements that are associated with sports,” stated ‘The Wall’.

Dravid also felt that the break can work wonders for cricketers to elongate their careers by 2-3 years at the back end. “I have been telling a lot of the cricketers to see it as an opportunity to rest the body, rest the mind, you will never get that opportunity, never get that chance. Think about it, if you use these two months well, three months well, you could elongate your career by two or three years at the back end which you might not have if you didn’t have this kind of break,” opined the former cricketer.

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