IPL2020 in UAE: Indian Paunch League – Stars pilloried for ‘healthy waistlines’ in IPL opener

New Delhi: Leading cricketers from Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings have been slammed for their “healthy waistlines” during the opening match of the Indian Premier League in Abu Dhabi.

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Some players were returning to professional cricket for the first time in six months after global sport was put on hold amid the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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The virus-delayed Twenty20 tournament was postponed and then moved to the United Arab Emirates, with India’s cricket-crazy fans watching Chennai outplay Mumbai on Saturday on their televisions and mobile phones.

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Many expressed surprise at seeing top players including Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma, batsman Saurabh Tiwary and Chennai spinner Piyush Chawla sporting a post-lockdown paunch.

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“I have never played more than gully cricket but I am pretty shocked to see some players in the #IPL2020 looking so unfit,” former India field hockey captain Viren Rasquinha wrote on Twitter.

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“I can’t think of another physical sport where players at the highest level could cope with these fitness levels.”

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Veteran commentator Harsha Bhogle tweeted that there were a “couple of healthy waistlines today”.

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Social media users joked that the cash-rich IPL was now the “India Paunch League”.

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“Indian Paunch League (IPL) looking at all the bulging waistlines..looks like a veterans series match..,” one user tweeted.

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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.

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The veteran wicketkeeper-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.

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Fans swooned at their idol’s body, with one user tweeting: “Dhoni looks WWE ready”.

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