IPL 2020: Incredibly Different With No Fans In Stadiums - Scott Styris
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IPL 2020: Incredibly Different With No Fans In Stadiums – Scott Styris

IPL 2019, Kumar Sangakkara, Scott Styris
Scott Styris with Kumar Sangakkara. Photo Credit: The Quint.

Scott Styris, the former New Zealand all-rounder, has said that players like Virat Kohli tend to feed off the energy of the fans. As a result, this Indian Premier League (IPL) is incredibly different for both fans and players.

Scott Styris mentioned that it was incredible to watch players playing in front of empty stadiums as a precautionary measure to stop spreading of the virus, but the buzz was created digitally.

Scott Styris
Scott Styris. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

Scott Styris: Incredibly Different For Fans And Players To See IPL 2020 Without Fans In Empty Stadiums

The IPL 2020 edition began on September 19 and will conclude on November 10 and the entire tournament is being played without fans as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. Scott Styris feels that IPL 2020 will be incredibly different for both fans and players in IPL 2020.

While talking about The Fan Week initiative by Star Sports, Styris said: “It’s incredibly different for fans and players this year. For instance, players like Virat Kohli or the Chennai Super Kings team feed off the energy of fans who dedicatedly visit the stadium to cheer their favourite team and players.”

The biggest challenge probably in the resumption of cricket in the aftermath of the coronavirus era has been integrating fans into the system. Fans who form an important part have been kept away from the stadiums in IPL 2020 with an eye on their safety. In fact, before this year’s Indian Premier League, players too spoke about how they would miss the constant cheers from vociferous fans.

Fans In IPL
Fans In IPL. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

But a month into the 13th edition of the IPL in UAE, every person including cricketers, fans and experts fail to tell that this year’s IPL 2020 is indeed being played inside empty stadiums. The buzz during the games seems as real with the progression of more matches and this it is an outcome of diligent planning and execution by host broadcasters Star India.

Sanjog Gupta: Some People Didn’t Know Crowds Are Not Allowed As Experts Puts Together Noise And Feel Of Previous IPLs

Amidst the cricket frenzy, one man who has spectacularly spent numerous sleepless nights overseeing the whole process from initiation to finally raising the curtains is Sanjog Gupta.

Speaking to ANI, Sanjog Gupta threw light on the initial ambiguity over the venue-whether it will be held in India or abroad, the challenges that came with organizing the league with an eye on the corona-virus, and most importantly, ensuring that the reputation of IPL has built over the years of being a visual delight remains unscratched.

“I will quickly tell you a story..there is a colleague of mine and I was chatting with him after the first week of IPL, and he told me that his parents are very keen to go for the finals. I said crowds are not allowed, and he said exactly, they didn’t even know that IPL was being played to empty stadiums. They had full plans and didn’t realise that the crowd wasn’t there and now that is a compliment,” said Sanjog.

Indian Fans
Indian Fans. Image Credits: Twitter

“It is a massive compliment for the entire team that has worked practically day and night to put this experience together. Both audio and visual, there is a guy who is our primary audio producer who had to sit through 100 matches over a two-month period to basically put together a library of audio references for different situations in a game and how the crowd reacts,” he added.

Experts had to toil watching matches to put together crowd reaction and generate the noise and feel that was there every time when the IPL happened in India or abroad except this time around due to the virus.

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