Indian skipper Virat Kohli admits it will be quite an adjustment to play behind closed doors once it is deemed safe to stage cricket matches again.
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought a premature end to many scheduled cricket tours – including the Proteas’ series in India in March – with the greater feeling being that almost all matches will be contested without spectators in the foreseeable future.
Speaking to Indian TV network Star Sports, the talisman batsman echoed many other cricketers’ feelings that he will miss playing in ‘magical’ atmospheres and in front of vibrant crowds he is so used to in his own country.
‘I honestly don’t know how everyone is going to take that because we all are used to playing in front of so many passionate fans,’ Kohli said.
‘Things will still go on, but I doubt that one will feel that magic happening inside because of the atmosphere that was created.
‘We will play sports how it is supposed to be played, but those magical moments will be difficult to come by.’
India are due to tour Australia at the end of the year in a much-anticipated series, which will draw thousands of crowds from both countries.
Whether they will be permitted to attend the Test, ODI and T20I matches remains in the balance, with travel restrictions expected to be active in Australia for the remainder of the year.