IPL 2020: Absence Of Fans Is A Blessing In Disguise - Jos Buttler

IPL 2020: Absence Of Fans Is A Blessing In Disguise – Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler, Rajasthan Royals wicket-keeper batsman feels that the absence of fans in this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic scare might turn out to be a blessing in disguise of sorts for youngsters.

Jos Buttler is of the opinion that youngsters who are bowlers facing the likes of Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni won’t get too intimidated or come under pressure by the occasion due to the lack of cheering from the stands inside the stadiums in the United Arab Emirates.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Jos Buttler: Youngsters Playing Against MS Dhoni Or Virat Kohli Might Lose Some Fear Factor As Crowd Is Not There

Virat Kohli of RCB is the leading run-scorer in IPL whereas MS Dhoni is the most capped player in IPL. Jos Buttler felt that bowlers of opponent franchises will be less feared when they bowl against the duo due to no noise and cheering from the crowd.

MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli
MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

“I also wonder if over time, pressure will be a little bit different. I think Dhoni or a Kohli, when they stride to wicket, the crowd is usually going crazy. Obviously, that doesn’t happen behind closed doors.

“Maybe that might help some of the younger guys who are playing against them as they might lose some of the fear factor as the crowd aren’t on their back,” Jos Buttler told the podcast’‘The Analyst inside cricket.

The IPL governing council might just consider allowing limited-number of fans in the stadium to watch the matches in the second half of the tournament if the coronavirus situation improves, a decision which might bring back some emotion in the game which has reduced somewhat due to the lack of noise from the stands, according to Jos Buttler.

“There is probably less emotion in the game. It’s different. It’s not that you lose intensity with the cricket but with crowd, especially in IPL, creates a buzz and every ball is a massive moment. You lose that reaction, almost.

“Cricket is the same but you lose that reaction to an amazing shot or a wicket or when the ball goes into the outfield that creates a massive amount of volume in IPL. That’s a difference,” Buttler said.

Jos Buttler is of the opinion that youngsters facing the likes of RCB skipper Virat Kohli or CSK skipper MS Dhoni won’t get too intimidated this season due to the absence of fans in IPL 2020.

The 30-year-old also revealed that the buzz around the stadium in Sharjah is a lot more than Dubai.

“Sharjah seemed to have more noise around the ground than Dubai. Dubai was a lot quieter,” Buttler said before going on to explain how he utilizes his time on non-match days. “All training are late in evening.

“You just lie in bed till 10 as opposed to getting up early. I try do some physical training of some sorts, go to gym. My wife is here, so doing a lot of Pilates which is good for me.”

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

“And then on match day, similar times you wake up, do some mobility exercise like pilates, have a team meal and head to ground in evening. You try to prepare your body to play in evening. It’s a long time doing nothing,” Buttler said.

IPL 2020 was supposed to be played from 29th of March but was shifted out of India due to rising cases of coronavirus pandemic.