The COVID-19 pandemic has given KKR pacer Sandeep Warrier a broader perspective of life. The 29-year old says that even though his focus and determination during his time away from the game during lockdown remained constant but by getting to read about the events unfolding across the world has changed his thinking about the value of life and cricket.
Sandeep Warrier will be seen in action for the 13th edition of IPL for KKR in the UAE which is set to begin from September 19 to November 10. According to too him, he is the best shape of his life and is eager for the competition to begin.
Kerala pacer Sandeep Warrier was signed by the Kolkata Knight Riders for the 2019 IPL season. His impressive performance during Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018-19 where he was the leading wicket-taker for Kerala with 12 wickets in the tournament earned him an IPL place in KKR.
COVID-19 Taught Us That Life Is More Than Just About Cricket And Showed How Lucky We Are Says Sandeep Warrier
The KKR pacer realized that their problems were way less then some of the people’s sufferings in this pandemic and is thankful for his lucky life. He has been working out and tells that he’s in the best shape of his life and has worked on his weaknesses in the game during this off time.
“For us as cricketers, the big worry was that we aren’t getting to play, not able to train, do the gym etc. But look around the world and you read news about people going without food, people losing their jobs and so many deaths and tragedy. COVID-19 taught us that life is more than just about cricket and showed how lucky we are,” said Sandeep.
“There was some stress and tension for the first two-three weeks when the outbreak started and the lockdown was imposed, but then I got into a routine and things have been going well. I have a gym at home and have been working out and even managing my diet well. I’m in the best shape of my life and this time also helped me to work on the weaknesses in my game,”
The First Preference Should Be The Health Of The Players And The Support Staff
The KKR pacer is amazed by the fact that conducting the IPL is possible in these hard times. He thinks the safety of players and support staff should be at par. The empty stadiums won’t affect his game much he says, due to experience of playing in the domestic tournaments without many spectators.
“First of all, the fact that IPL is even gonna happen at such a time is a big deal. Secondly, the first preference should be the health of the players and the support staff. There will be at least 700-800 people involved in the event and their health should be the first priority. We should just think of how to conduct the tournament in the best possible way under the current circumstances.”
“Obviously, we won’t be able to see it in the same grand manner that it’s been happening all these years. But the England-West Indies and England-Pakistan matches showed that even without fans, we can have great games of cricket. And those were Test matches but every session was interesting.”
Sandeep Warrier was unsold in the December 2019 auctions of IPL and was called up by KKR as a replacement for Kamlesh Nagarkoti who got injured. Warrier had a remarkable 44 wickets from 10 matches spree for Kerela in the Ranji Trophy season, which was his best. He was instrumental in Kerala’s maiden entry in the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy.