Can IPL 2020 take place this year? MI captain Rohit Sharma gives his take amid coronavirus outbreak

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Team India star batsman Rohit Sharma is holed up in his apartment like everyone else due to the three-week lockdown in the country that was announced on Tuesday (March 24) amid coronavirus outbreak.

Rohit, on Thursday, revealed that he is making do with running up and down the stairs of his building to stay fit.

“It’s very hard actually (to stay fit),” said the 32-year-old in a live interaction on Instagram with former England captain Kevin Pietersen.

“I live in a building which has about 54 floors, and we had to stop all the indoor and outdoor activities. So just been running up and down the stairs. Not 54 floors but about two or three floors up and down and doing some conditioning exercises here and there.”

Rohit had been recovering – from a calf injury that he sustained during the fifth T20I between India and New Zealand – at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru before it was shut down due to the spread of the Covid-19.

The India vice-captain, however, said that he is completely fit now, although he is yet to undergo an official fitness Test at the NCA, which is currently not working.

Well, when Pietersen asked the captain of the reigning IPL champions whether the cash-rich tournament can take place this year or not, Rohit asserted that for the 13th season, the current scenario needs to get ‘settle down’. “At some stage, when things settle down, it might happen, who knows,” Rohit told Pietersen on Instagram.

The swashbuckling batsman also talked about Mumbai Indians’ signings at the 2020 auction held in Kolkata last year.

“We have got a few good additions to the squad like Chris Lynn, Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile,” he said.

“Boult is a good buy on a pitch like Wankhede with the swinging ball; I was looking forward to that. Along with (Jasprit) Bumrah, he would have made a good combination,” Rohit added.

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