Kane Williamson was leading SRH before IPL was suspended. Photo: BCCI&
- The BCCI was forced to suspend the IPL 2021 after 6 COVID-19 cases in different camps
- Sunrisers Hyderabad was one of the franchises hit with COVID-19
- Reacting to IPL 2021’s suspension, Kane Williamson has said that the right decisions were made
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 came to an abrupt stoppage earlier this month after 6 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in different camps. At first, the BCCI was forced to reschedule the league stage match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders. As the number of cases increased from 2 to 6 in the next 24 hours, the tournament was suspended.
The BCCI started to ferry the overseas players to their homes after the suspension. Since several New Zealand players were scheduled to fly to the UK, they traveled to the Maldives with the Australian contingent and reached England a few days back.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s captain Kane Williamson has also reached the UK and is serving the isolation period. Speaking to the press from his room, Williamson opened up on IPL 2021’s suspension and said that the right decisions were made.
“Things escalated really quickly over in India and the challenges that way in that part of the world are heartbreaking to see. From suppose us playing in a bubble with a face, you know clearly it became too great. We were very well looked after in the bubble for the first half of the tournament, when things were still intact but clearly there were some breaches,” he said.
“The tournament couldn’t continue and the right decisions were made, I believe that’s how things unfolded in the IPL.”
SRH was one of the franchises hit with COVID-19 as wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha tested positive for the infection. He recovered from COVID-19 earlier this week and has joined his family members. Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals were other franchises hit with the infection.
Williamson, who was appointed as SRH’s captain a few days before the tournament’s suspension, will be leading the team whenever the league resumes. He took over from David Warner, who managed to lead SRH to just one win in the first 6 matches.
The captaincy change didn’t work at least in Williamson’s first fixture as captain as SRH lost to Rajasthan Royals by 55 runs. The senior batsman had also led SRH in IPL 2018 and 2019.