The swash-buckling Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan met his parents on Thursday and pursued their blessing before leaving for the upcoming edition of the IPL in UAE.
Dhawan, who plays for the Delhi Capitals franchise in the league, said his parents still ‘see me as a kid’.
“Came to seek blessings and wishes from my parents before the long tour. They still see me as a kid. There’s no love like the love of your parents and I’ll always cherish it,” Dhawan tweeted.
Delhi Capitals (DC) will depart for UAE ‘in a few days’. The franchise took to Twitter and shared Ajinkya Rahane’s images with the caption: “Jinks has arrived at the Mumbai hotel ahead of our team departure in a few days.”
While, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) players have already left for the UAE, on Thursday.
“And we are off! See you soon, UAE,” KKR had tweeted, while Kings XI Punjab pacer Mohammed Shami had posted a photograph of himself in a flight and wrote: “Apne Munde, off to Dubai.”
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will reach Dubai on Friday. “RCB team will reach Dubai on August 21 and start a 3-week camp with Indian and International Players in collaboration with Mike Hesson and Simon Katich from August 29 onwards,” the franchise had said in a statement.
Correspondingly, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CEO Kasi Viswanathan had long-established that the franchise will leave for the UAE on Friday.
Originally arranged to begin in March, the 13th edition of the IPL was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the IPL 2020 will kick off from September 19 to November 10, across three venues in the UAE — Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai.
The final match is scheduled to be played on a weekday, i.e. Tuesday, for the first time in the history of the T20 tournament.
This time, both the afternoon and evening matches will be played half-an-hour earlier than usual. Defending champions Mumbai Indians are set to take on last year’s runner-up Chennai Super Kings in the tournament opener. BCCI, however, is yet to announce the full schedule of the tournament.