On the eve of the first test against England, India Captain Virat Kohli spoke about the psychological toll that bio-bubble life is taking on players. On the example of Ben Stokes– who has retired from testing and will take “an indefinite break from all cricket” to focus on his mental wellbeing, said other players would also take breaks to deal with mental health issues.
Virat Kohli, who himself faces enormous pressure as captain and arguably the team’s best batsman, said that operating the bladder is both physically and mentally a challenge for the players, as it is mainly on the ground and the team hotel are limited.
The Indian squad had a three-week break after the WTC final against New Zealand before they met again with a warm-up game in Durham in preparation for the series. The skipper underlined the importance of such breaks.
“How he is [Stokes] have taken a break, there could be more players in the future who could eventually get tired of bladder life. said Kohli on Tuesday.
“This break was very important to us and in terms of preparation for this series we know how important the break was. We go into the series fresh and with an exciting mindset.
“We are optimistic that we can now give our best in five tests. And we’re not limited to one environment. So these little things are very important and for us, especially for me as the captain, this break came at the right time, ”he added.
We are definitely much better prepared than in the past: Virat Kohli
India had come to Great Britain in early June for the WTC final, which they lost to New Zealand. With more than two months in England, Virat Kohli believes the team are “definitely much better prepared” than ever before.
He believes the players have had more than enough time to get used to the conditions on offer.
“We are definitely much better prepared than in the past. The situation allowed us to get used to the weather initially as it can change quite drastically and quite quickly.
“Playing in different weather conditions at the same time – whether it’s cloudy or sunny, how the playing fields behave, how the ball moves, how much it swings in the air. All of these things will definitely add to the experience the team already has after playing in England in the past, ”said the 32-year-old.
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