IPL 2021 has been suspended indefinitely and yes, we all are heartbroken. The prime reason is the surprisingly increasing cases of COVID-19 within the bio bubble.
Our worst dreams found their way into reality and after a perfect first half of the season, things just tumbled one after another. Let's see how it began.
It commenced with two of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) players testing positive for the virus. This was then confirmed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that the May 3 game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore has been deferred after Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier from Kolkata tested positive.
How did the virus enter the bubble? We'll tell you. As per reports, Varun was dealing with an injury for which he was taken to a hospital (Beginning of the trail). Soon, Sandeep Warrier tested positive and his immediate contact tracing hinted to Chakravarthy who was found to be affected as well.
The entire Kolkata contingent was put into immediate quarantine but thankfully, all the other members tested negative. Also, KKR CEO Venky Mysore validated that Chakravarthy and Warrier were doing well.
As one problem seemed to have settled, another news broke out with Chennai Super Kings bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji and a service staff member testing positive.
This was the second time in two years that CSK staff were tested positive. Last year, Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad fell prey to the virus. However, the explicit reason is still unknown as to how Balaji and the other member tested positive.
No one from the Delhi Capitals had tested positive but the entire team was put into quarantine as their last encounter was against Kolkata, who had several players tested positive a day before.
Finally, the Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians game that was slated to take place today was given the green light by the board, and fans would've felt that the current scenario only required a temporary fix.
However, the worst was yet to come as Sunrisers player and Indian wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha tested positive, with Delhi Capitals' veteran Amit Mishra following suit.
The sudden and non-stop series of virus troubles entering the bio-bubbles led to an emergency meeting among the senior BCCI officials, where a rescheduling was considered as a go-to option.
It was rumored that Mumbai was the likely destination to host the tournament for everyone but late additions to the COVID-19 list compelled them to take a strict decision, considering everyone's health situation at priority.