And for a Friday when the biggest Indian Festival – IPL 2021 kicks off, some thoughts….. some hopes…..

First Match….. Friday 9th April 2021 – MI vs RCB at Chennai

The best luxury of my second innings is not having a 9 to 5 job responsibility. Hence free abandon to indulge In rescheduling all my evening activities to suit the IPL Matches on TV. So what if there are no spectators. Technology ensures enough audio exciting experiences. A T20 with some of the worlds best players alongside some free thinking reckless but brave Greenhorns, makes this TV sport the best to indulge in. T Natarajan vs Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan vs Rabada….. ooffff….. I am excited at the prospect of Pant as captain of Delhi Capitals as regular captain Shreyas is injured, Cheteshwar Poojara who can defend 36 balls before his first run is in CSK this year and South African all rounder Chris Morrison @ INR 162.5 mn is the most expensive player. The winning team will walk away with INR 100 mn in addition to, of course, so many gifts and awards….. the works. IPL is where talent meets opportunity.

I hope and pray there are no disturbances or anything untoward due the second wave of COVID hitting across the country. Ofcourse the Players , BCCI, the Government, Health authorities and every stake holder has done all that can be done. Every precaution is taken. We also have the experience of the last tournament operating from Bio-Bubbles. The scheduling of matches is very carefully done to minimise travel as much as practical. Matches begin with Chennai – Mumbai combo. 20 matches before shifting to Delhi – Ahmedabad. All travel by private charter flights thru private airports using separate entry/exit points. All Quarantine protocols are by now well known. Let’s hope none of our naysayers and super-pessimists spread unnecessary fear and confusion. This is India’s biggest festival. Let’s all enjoy.

No doubt we all need to be careful and alert. Most of us, the senior citizens, would have completed by month end the second dose of the vaccination. But COVID appropriate behaviour like masking, distancing and crowd avoidance to continue. Nothing better than IPL. Let’s all enjoy, the sporting way, the safe way, the SEEGOS way.