Ravi Shastri mentioned that bio-bubbles and quarantine periods in the aftermath of COVID-19 can be mentally taxing and it’s important players involved get a break to stay motivated and fresh in what is a packed year for Indian cricket.
India head coach has called for a break for India players after the conclusion of forthcoming Indian Premier League 2021, saying it’s important that his team takes 2-week off.
Ravi Shastri Stresses On Break After IPL 2021 Because It’s Mentally Draining To Be In Quarantine And Bio Bubble
Ravi Shastri stressed that bio-bubble restrictions and quarantine periods takes a toll on cricketers and it’s important players stay refreshed in 2021 which is a packed calendar for Indian cricket.
Ravi Shastri acknowledged that India players will head into IPL 2021 after the conclusion of England series, which includes 4 Tests, 5 T20Is and 3 ODIs but urged the administration to give them a break of 2 weeks before they head to other assignments.
The star cricketers like Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin have been travelling from August as they travelled to the UAE for IPL 2020. Quarantine periods and bio-bubbles have become commonplace in the sport in the aftermath of coronavirus pandemic and India players have experienced their fair share of it.
“I do believe you need a break from international cricket at some point. After the England series, yes they go into the IPL. Again after the IPL, a couple of weeks off is a must. Because in these quarantines, in these bubbles, it is mentally draining. You are a human, at the end of it all,” Ravi Shastri told Star Sports.
India are also set to play Sri Lanka at home, England away and the World Test Championship final if they qualify for it. The T20 World Cup will also be played in India this year in October-November before which a few bilateral T20I series may be scheduled.
India players reached home from Australia in the 2nd week of January and had spent only a week’s time at home before they joined the bio-bubble in Chennai for the 4-Test series which began on January 5. India players spent 6 days in quarantine before they were allowed to train earlier this week.
Ravi Shastri: Every Series And Format Is Important
Ravi Shastri said that every series in every format will be treated with equal importance in 2021 and highlighted that India have the good bench strength to rotate players and keep them motivated. India showcased their bench strength in Australia as they went on to beat Australia 2-1 in Australia in the Test series despite missing several key players due to injury concerns.
Notably, captain Virat Kohli, who returned home on paternity leave after the first Test in Adelaide in December, has rejoined the squad and is leading the side against England in the ongoing Test series.
“As far as this team goes, this team takes pride in its performance. we will take it one step at a time. Every series is important. Every format is important. And we have got the volume of players, we have the bench strength to accommodate across all formats. So there will be the hunger to perform,” Shastri added.
India captain Virat Kohli, pacer Ishant Sharma and middle-order batsman Hardik Pandya have been included in India’s squad for the first two Tests against England. Virat Kohli played only one Test against Australia before returning home on paternity leave.
Ajinkya Rahane took over the captaincy and under him, India won Tests at Melbourne and Brisbane. He was the guiding light for the youngsters like Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj and T Natarajan who stepped up in the absence of senior players like Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav who were injured in Australia.