IPL 2021: Life in a bubble – The last few months haven’t been easy for Indian cricketers. Since India resumed playing cricket after lockdown restrictions eased, cricketers have entered one after the other bio-secure bubble. As another bubble is ongoing due to IPL 2021, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma on Thursday spoke about the positives which a player can take while he is in the bubble.
The IPL 2021 will commence on Friday with Mumbai Indians locking horns against Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. And Rohit is happy that he is getting to play cricket which is the only thing matters for him at the end of the day.
🗣️ “It’s nice to have that company around and have that bonding going.”
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 8, 2021
“A lot of people are going through hard times, a lot of people are not able to work. Not able to do what they like to. At least we’re lucky that we’re getting to do what we like. But I am happy playing cricket which is what I love at the end of the day,” Rohit Sharma said in a video posted on Mumbai Indians’ Twitter page.
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The 32-year-old also pointed out how bubble life helped him create good memories during the 13th edition of the cash-rich league which wasn’t the case before the pandemic grappled the entire world.
“If we have to adjust, we have to adjust. And try and see how you can get the best out of this bubble life as well. Like we’ve had some good times in the bubble. Especially during the IPL in the UAE, we had some solid memories that we created in the UAE,” said Rohit.
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While India and RCB skipper Virat kohli said that the BCCI should take a look at the scheduling due to the toll it can take on players’ mental health due to staying in bio-bubble for longer durations, Rohit said that the only good thing to come out of the bubble is a better bonding among teammates.
“Plus the bubble life in Australia and now in India, when we played against England, it was good. We got to know a lot of players, who usually don’t come out of their room. So we had the team room, where we used to go out and chill and talk about a lot of stuff, which was always nice. Which is something I feel has changed from the previous year. It’s nice to have the company around and have that bonding going,” he said on the eve of the IPL opener against RCB.