Fans react after they hear pre-recorded cheers in the MI-CSK season opener

Fans react after they hear pre-recorded cheers in the MI-CSK season opener

In the absence of crowd, the BCCI has left no stone unturned to provide fans with an enthralling experience.

Empty stadium
Empty stadium. (Photo Source: Disney + Hotstar VIP)

The world finally witnessed the start of much-awaited IPL 2020 when defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings braced the field for the season-opener at Abu Dhabi.

Chennai Super Kings, after winning the toss, elected to bowl first and MI’s opening duo of Rohit Sharma-Quinton de Kock paved their way into the middle. The tournament is being played without crowds due to COVID-19 pandemic. However, pre-recorded crowd cheers were woven into the broadcast to notch up the experience of fans.

CSK’s Deepak Chahar, who was one of the CSK members who had tested positive for coronavirus, opened with the new ball while England all-rounder shared it from the other end. To mark the start of IPL 2020, Rohit nonchalantly drove the ball to the boundary to register a four on the first delivery.

Virtual fans are also present in the stadium

Before the IPL 2020 action unfolded in the UAE, the BCCI had already planned to maintain the liveliness of the match. A system has been installed in the stadium which would produce sound of a ‘roar’ of the crowd after each dismissal or boundary.

In the absence of crowd, the BCCI has left no stone unturned to provide fans with an enthralling experience. Owing to coronavirus pandemic, the teams have been residing in a bio-secure bubble. They’ve also been following several measures to curb the risk of the virus.

Meanwhile, MI have registered 87/2 in the first ten overs. After the departure of Rohit (12) and Quinton de Kock (33), Suryakumar Yadav and Saurabh Tiwary are currently at the crease. With four titles under their belt, the Mumbai franchise will be hoping to add another IPL trophy under their belt. CSK, meanwhile, will be aiming to again deliver a consistent performance in the league. CSK are the only IPL team to qualify for the playoff stage in each edition of their appearance in the league.

The Indian board has also made arrangements for fans to be virtually present during the course of the match. The T20 extravaganza is set to continue until November 10th, with the matches being played in three cities– Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi.

Here’s how fans reacted: