And for a Friday on the eve of the greatest entertainment of the year – IPL2020 – some thoughts….. some musings…..

One and Only One – Helicopter Dhoni will be seen playing after 439 days
on Saturday 19th September 2020.

Nothing unites India as love of Cricket. I am also one of those millions of TV cricketers eloquently discussing and offering unsolicited free advise to the likes of Virat Kohli and Mitchell Starc. This extravaganza of a sport with some of the Greatest cricketers around the World, who wear the jerseys of one of the 8 franchisees, in a daily TV spectacle starting 7.30 pm tomorrow and ending with the Final on 10th November, is a treat with my refills of Bacardi, coke and cashews. Great anticipation and eager to see Dhoni on the field. First match is between defending Champions Mumbai VS runners up Chennai. This is one tournament where absolute freshers are exposed to the World greats. IPL motto – Talent meets Opportunities. Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Chahel….. all in national teams thru showcasing talents in IPL.

COVID-19 has impacted our lives in almost every way imaginable. IPL is no exception. Thanks to the leadership of Chancellor Merkel who authorised German league football without spectators but defining Covid precautions, IPL has gone a step ahead in UAE. Thanks to the Indian IT skills, Tata Group will provide the Bio-Secure Bubble – an environment in which every player, Team support staff, media and all engaged with the sport are segregated scientifically to minimise the risk of infection. A holistic state of the Art integrated Bridgital technology based on end to end Covid safe service solutions, enabled by AI driven insights and live dashboards.

Some good news. Serum Institute has recommenced Covishield, the Astra-Oxford vaccines. Russian Sputnik-V is being tested by Dr Reddys Labs and 100 mn doses will be distributed. Covaxin of Bharat biotech also into 3rd phase. Captain Kohli said “This time we are playing for a bigger reason. To bring smiles back on people’s faces who’ve faced tough times due to the Pandemic”. Let’s all join the Indian Captain, the sporting way, the caring way, the SEEGOS way.