Captain of the Indian Cricket Team and one of the best batsmen in the modern-day cricket, Virat Kohli has sent out an alert regarding the bio-bubbles they are in which he feels are ‘Not Easy’, He requested that the size of the tours with these bubbles needs to be kept short.
The Indian captain, currently leading the Royal Challengers Bangalore team in the Indian Premier League in the UAE, has been in a bio-bubble for close to 80 days now starting a month before the IPL started and he feels that when things get ‘repetitive’ it can take a toll on the players’ mental health.
“It does get difficult at times because it is repetitive,” the Indian captain told in an interview in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s YouTube channel.
“Mentally, it can be taxing if this continues for this long a period at a consistent rate. It has to be broken down, it has to be based on how the individuals are feeling and I think that conversation should take place regularly,” he said.
“These things will have to be considered, what length of series and tournaments one will play, what impact the players will have mentally of staying in a similar environment for 80 days, and not getting to do anything different, or have the space to go see the family, or small things like that. These things will have to be seriously thought about. At the end of the day, you want the players to be in the best state mentally and physically,” Virat added.
The IPL will be over on November 10, following which the top Indian players will be flying to Australia for a full tour of three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests including a pink-ball Test, which means for players like Virat Kohli who plays all formats of the game, it will be around five-months of them being in the bio-bubble.
For the team touring Australia from the UAE, they have one of the strictest COVID restrictions being laid down for them, where they will undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine before they enter another bio-bubble.
In the bio-bubble, the players are confined to the playground and their hotels. Other than that, they are not allowed to meet anyone outside the bubble, they cannot even visit other players’ rooms in the hotel. The players are made to wear a tracking device at all times to ensure social distancing off the field.