As the second wave of coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in India, Delhi Capitals pacer Chris Woakes has said that IPL stars were lucky to play cricket under the prevailing scenario and entertain people on the outside.
The England cricketer minced no word while talking about a ‘very different IPL’ this year. On the personal level, the 32-year-old is spending a lot of time with his compatriots Tom Curran and Sam Billings in the DC’s bio-bubble.
“It’s a shame with the situation at the moment with the people all around the world having to deal with Covid, which isn’t ideal,” Woakes told AFP.
“Within the bubble we are trying to stay positive. We are very lucky that we still get a chance to play cricket and entertain people on the outside.
“Very different times we are all living in at the moment. It’s a very different IPL, no fans, bio-secure bubble, so definitely has a different feel to it.
“To keep busy I have got two English teammates with me in Sam Billings and Tom Curran. We spend quite a lot of time together,” he added.
IPL 2021 perfect preparation for T20 World Cup
Further, explained how the 14th edition of IPL was helping in the perfect for the upcoming T20 World Cup in India.
“Bowling at some world-class players in India on small grounds, good pitches that can be as hard as it gets for a bowler,” he said.
“Every IPL team is stacked with world-class players, so you are testing yourself against the best players in the world in tough conditions.
“Obviously (with) the World Cup being here at the end of the year, it’s perfect preparation.”
Chris Woakes said it was “surreal” to be working under Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting and that he had received some batting tips from the former Australia captain.
“He certainly gave me a few little things to look at with my batting which is great,” said Woakes, who has played 38 Tests and 104 one-day internationals for England.
“You want to tap into the knowledge of a world-class cricketer like he was. So that’s been brilliant.”
Ponting has changed “little technical things” on his batting and concentration. “A couple of things on my backlift which helps me access the ball a little bit easier at the back end of my innings.”