After months of discussions between the BCCI and UAE Cricket Board amid the coronavirus pandemic and ICC World T20, IPL 2020 finally got underway on a surprisingly green-looking surface at Abu Dhabi. This edition is like no other, with the usual fanfare in stadiums, not present due to a pandemic.
Cricket is the game of spectators, and it may sound boring without the noise in the background. But, all is not gloom, as the broadcasters have been utilizing technology to generate artificial noise, keeping the spectators watching at home pretty much involved in the game.
As the first match began with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings, it was the first time that fans back home in India and across the globe experienced an IPL with fake crowd noise. It was received with mixed reviews.
While some hailed fake crowd noise, the move did not go well with some viewers. Here’s how netizens reacted: