IPL 2020, CSK vs MI: Commentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted there were a “few healthy waistlines.”© Twitter
Leading Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings cricketers have been beaten during the opening game of the Indian Premier League in Abu Dhabi for their “healthy waistlines”. Some players returned to professional cricket for the first time in six months after the global sport was suspended amid the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The virus-delayed Twenty20 tournament was postponed and then moved to the United Arab Emirates, where the cricket-mad fans of India saw Chennai on their televisions and cell phones play against Mumbai on Saturday.
Many expressed surprise at the sight of top players, including Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma, batsman Saurabh Tiwary and Chennai spinner Piyush Chawla with a post-lockdown belly.
“I’ve never played more than trench cricket, but I’m pretty shocked to see some players in # IPL2020 look so inappropriate,” former Indian hockey captain Viren Rasquinha wrote on Twitter.
“I can’t think of any other physical sport where top-level players can handle these fitness levels.”
Veteran commentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted that there were “some healthy waistlines today.”
Social media users joked that the money-rich IPL was now the “India Paunch League.”
“Indian Paunch League (IPL) looks at all the bulging waistlines .. looks like a match from the veteran series ..” tweeted one user.
Meanwhile, Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stood out with his bulging biceps on his return to the cricket field after more than a year on the sidelines.
The veteran wicket-keeper-batsman, who retired from international cricket last month, last played for India in their semi-final loss to New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup.
Fans swooned at their idol’s body, with a user tweeted, “Dhoni looks ready for WWE”.
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