Cricket acts as a huge unifying factor in India. Millions of people follow the game live and those who can’t due to other commitments at least know what the score is and what’s happening with regards to the Indian cricket team. Even the Delhi Police force could not hide their love for their game but answered in cricketing terminologies when a fan asked them if they were allowed to play cricket with masks on and social distancing during the weekend curfew.
Notably, as there has been a record surge in the number of Coronavirus infections in the national capital, the Delhi Government has announced curbs including a weekend curfew. In view of this, the local police even had a virtual Q&A session that aimed to cater to the doubts that people might have with regards to the restrictions on Saturday and Sunday.
It was as part of this when a Twitter user asked Police whether they could play cricket but it is the answer to this that is leaving the netizens in splits.
“That’s a ‘Silly Point’, Sir. It is time to take ‘Extra Cover’. Also, #DelhiPolice is good at ‘Catching,'” the tweet read.
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— #DelhiPolice (@DelhiPolice) January 7, 2022
Notably, while “silly point” and “extra cover” happen to be field positions in Cricket, it was a clever use of the word catching whereby the police warned against moving outdoors for unnecessary or recreational reasons amid a surging COVID-19 wave.
Meanwhile, sporting events continue to get impacted amid the pandemic. Several Premier League matches have already been cancelled in the United Kingdom and the latest victim of the virus was Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola who contracted the infection in a major outbreak reported by the club. 21 cases of COVID-19 infection have been reported by the English league frontrunners.
Even over 7000 kilometres away in India, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is having a hard time trying to plan how to organise an Indian Premier League this season. While the latter half of the 2021 season and the entire 2020 season happened in the UAE due to the Coronavirus situation in India, it is being reported that the organisers want the tournament to come back to its home.
The Big Bash Australia in Australia is also hard hit with several schedules and venue changes happening in the T20 tournament.