Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma agreed with the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision to suspend the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 amid a rampant second-wave of the coronavirus in India.
The Indian cricket board took the call after two more players tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, taking the overall tally to 4 during the tournament. Only 29 games were played in the 60-match tournament till May 3. IPL 2021 was scheduled to be played until May 30.
“In the light of everything that is happening around the country, I think it’s a very good decision.” – @rohitsharma45. Paltan, thank you for your unrelenting support throughout the tournament!
“Till we meet again, we hope you keep staying safe and strong. #OneFamily #MumbaiIndians #MI #IPL2021 #KhelTakaTak @MXTakaTak MI TV,” Rohit said in a video message posted on social media by Mumbai Indians.
Wriddhiman Saha (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Amit Mishra (Delhi Capitals), Varun Chakravarthy (Kolkata Knight Riders) and Sandeep Warrier (KKR) tested positive for Covid-19 within 24 hours of each other this week. Laxmipatyh Balaji and Michael Hussey, Chennai Super Kings bowling and batting coaches respectively, also contracted the virus along with a bus cleaner.
The growing list of Covid-positive cases in the tournament forced the BCCI to suspend the IPL 2021 with immediate effect.