Coronavirus has created a pandemic across the world. Almost all sporting events either had to be canceled or postponed. Cricket is no exception in this regard. Major tournaments like Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, ICC T20 World Cup look uncertain. Nobody knows when this dreadful virus would stop wreaking havoc and normal cricket would resume.
Meanwhile one of the best fast bowler of England cricket team, James Anderson has said, He is not too much bothered about the uncertainty as to when the normalcy would return to the field. But he is confident that novel coronavirus will not force him to end his career prematurely.
37 years old James Anderson has so far grabbed 584 Test wickets, which is highest by any fast bowler. He was looking forward to the English summer as he was recovering from an injury. But coronavirus pandemic now forced him to stay indoors like many others. According to a report published on cricket.com.au, he is keeping himself fit by participating in virtual training sessions with his teammates.
“I’ve not thought about never playing cricket again. I feel like we will play again and I will play again at some stage. I’m still hungry to play. I’ve still got ambitions to play for England. So I think the fact I’ve been able to do this for a long time and I get to play a sport as a job means when I do get to do that again, I’m going to cherish it and enjoy every single moment of it. A few of the lads are training together virtually. I did a workout with Stuart Broad and Mark Wood. We’ve all got Pelotons – the bikes. You can compete against each other. Stuart came out on top this time, with me a close second and Mark Wood in third”, said Anderson as quoted by cricket.com.au.
During his illustrious career, he was often injured. But then again he came back stronger like never before. In January the England paceman made his 151 Test appearances against South Africa in Cape Town. But unfortunately, he broke his rib and had to return home in the middle of the tour. Anderson was not included in the Test squad that went to Sri Lanka so that he becomes fully fit during the English summer. The series in the island nation was called off after coronavirus breakout. Anderson said, as quoted by cricket.com.au, “To get injured again was a big frustration, “But it was lucky in a way that it was a broken rib. If it was a muscle injury it would have taken much longer to recover.”
Due to COVID-19, Cricket in England like other parts of the world remain uncertain. Recently The England and Walse Cricket Board suspended any kind of cricket match till the 28th of May.
Anderson also acknowledged the sacrifices made by doctors and other people amidst coronavirus scare. “People are sacrificing a hell of a lot for us to try and keep us healthy. I think us sacrificing some of, and maybe all of, the cricket season and staying inside for a bit, I don’t think that’s a huge sacrifice”, said Anderson as quoted by cricket.com.au.