India captain Virat Kohli said on Friday that the long-term mental tolls in the bio-safe bubble should be taken into consideration when the duration of cricket tours is fixed. Playing within the bubble has become a new normal for teams since the COVID-19 pandemic in March.
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Kohli has spent the last two-and-a-half months in a bubble in the United Arab Emirates, forcing Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to bid for their first Indian Premier League (IPL) title. Soon after the conclusion of the IPL, Kohli will enter another bio-bubble in Australia, where India play six short-form internationals after four Tests.
“These things have to be considered,” Kohli told RCB TV ahead of his eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi on Friday. “Like, what should be the length of the tournament or series and what will be the mental impact on the players, not to stay in the same environment for 80 days and do something different.”
Kohli said that he and his Bangalore teammates enjoyed time together in the bubble but believed that repetition was an issue.
“These things have to be thought about seriously,” Kohli said. “At the end of the day, you want the players to be in the best state mentally and physically. If it continues for a long period of time it can be taxed mentally. “
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