There may be no official word yet on the IPL 2020 but Suresh Raina understands the need to stay home and follow the government’s orders. Raina feels that given the current scenario, the 13th edition of the IPL can wait as the effect of COVID-19 continues to grow in India with positive cases shooting over 3000 as on Friday evening.

“Life is most important at this point of time. IPL can surely wait. We all need to follow the government guidelines on lockdown else we all face the consequences. When life gets better, we can think about the IPL. So many people are dying at the moment, we need to save lives,” Raina told PTI in an interview.

Last month, Raina became a father to a baby boy and although the nation-wide lockdown can turn monotonous for most cricketers, Raina remains occupied at home.

“I am relaxing in the lockdown, cooking and spending time with the kids. There is so much more to life than cricket, moments like these make you realise that. With this lockdown, people should realise the importance of being down to earth,” Raina said.

“At this time, three meals-a-day matter much more than the size of your house and car, what you wear doesn’t matter. What you and your workers in the house are doing is the same. You are eating and feeding them at the same time. I am used to cooking since my hostel days, so I enjoy doing that. Wife (who gave birth to a boy last week) and kid are still recovering, so happy to contribute with the household work.”

Before the lockdown, Raina was part of a camp organised by Chennai Super Kings, where he and the likes of MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu were beginning to gear up for the IPL. However, with the tournament postponed, the camp had to abruptly end but not before Raina had a first-hand glimpse of seeing Dhoni get ready to return to competitive cricket.

“It was a nice camp. I was there for two months but then this happened. Got to spend some time with Dhoni. He was batting so well in the nets he had the hunger of a youngster. In one session, he batted for three hours at a stretch,” recalled Raina.