The life of a sportsperson in a bio-bubble is not easy, and it’s not a secret anymore. A range of players have spoken about the mental challenges one faces in such bubbles. The Indian team has been in such closed spaces for months on the trot and now once again are in England, for a long three-month tour.
But according to the latest development, the Team India players will get a 20-day break from the bubble life in the UK upon completion of the WTC final against New Zealand. While the players get out of the bubble on June 24, they only get into the bubble for England Tests on July 14.
Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments in the team management said it will be a welcome break as the team has to not only spend time in the bubble for the Test series against England, but will also straightaway move to the IPL bubble in the UAE post the Test series.
“The group will head off for the break on June 24 after the final against New Zealand and then regroup again around July 14 to prepare for the Test series against England which gets underway from August 4," the source said.
The team can also go anywhere in the UK during that time. “See, it is simple. The boys need to switch off and relax, but we cannot ignore that COVID-19 is still not completely gone. So, the travel plans have to be made in such a way that the boys and the families that are in UK don’t get stuck somewhere while taking the break. Imagine going to some other country and then that place gets a travel ban due to a sudden rise in cases. You don’t want your players or their families stuck. So, we are looking at places in the UK," the source explained.
Speaking about bio-bubbles, skipper Virat Kohli had said, “I feel like after you are done with WTC, I think it is a great opportunity to refresh and restructure, hopefully, if things are okay, just for the guys to be normal and disconnect again, to understand that we have the pressure of a five-match series. Like in Australia, if we had to contest in a bubble for that long period, it would have been tough."
“Just the fact that we had the freedom to go out and access the kind of things there, it gave us space to refresh and reset. I think it is absolutely fine, it will give us time to refresh and prepare for a long series. That kind of setup is important before you go to a lengthy series. The challenge in England can be daunting, so we want to have the time before that series," he added.