“Apart from the workloads, the mental health side of things will also come into the picture big time because you don’t have an outlet at all”
Two India teams traveling to different places at the same time could become a norm in the mentally draining world of bio-bubbles. It is complicated for performers to work in the COVID-19 pandemic conditions, mentioned Virat Kohli on Wednesday. While the Kohli-led side leaves for the WTC final against New Zealand and a five-Test series against England, a second-string India squad will soon be sent for the limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka in July. Since players are pressed emotionally, and Kohli remains sure that sportsmen need to relax.
With the current structure and the kind of structure that you’re competing inside for a long period of time, it’s very difficult for the players to stay motivated and find the right kind of mental space, Kohli stated during the press conference.
You know, just confined in one area and just doing the stuff, day in day out when you’re dealing with high-pressure situations. So, this (two squads) will definitely become a norm for the future, he also added.
The Indian team spent a 14-days quarantine in Mumbai and later in softer isolation in the United Kingdom. Right now, sportsmen worldwide are discussing the problems of holding several tournaments in bio-bubbles conditions.
In today’s day and age you literally go into the ground, come back to the room, and you have no space where you can just disconnect from the game and just go out for a walk or go out for a meal or a coffee and say, ‘okay, let me refresh myself, let me just get away from the game a little bit’.
So I think this is a huge factor which should not be neglected. Because as much hard work as we’ve done to create this team, you don’t want players falling out because of the mental pressures and not having the capacity or the space to express themselves, Kohli supported sportsmen asking for rest to achieve psychological balance.
So I think there has to always be a channel over which the management has left it for players to approach them and tell them, ‘Look, I’m not feeling right in the head, and I just need a break and I just want to disconnect from the game’.
So I think that’s going to be a huge factor and I’m sure that the management understands that, maintained Kohli.
Head coach Ravi Shastri responded that today’s timetable is overbusy, and players experience difficulties in doing their tasks.
You are not just talking about the World Championship. But if you want to add that as well, you have to play five Test matches in this environment in six weeks. It’s no joke, added Shastri.
“I mean even the fittest will need a break. More than the physical part, it’s the mental part”
Being asked to do the same things every day and then go and perform. And it’s not easy to recover, especially if you’ve had a bad day. It’s important that you shuffle the guys around and keep them mentally fresh, added the head coach.
Shastri also talked about the long-run possibility of having two squads playing in different locations simultaneously.
Well, you never know. At the moment it’s happening because of the current situation and restrictions on travel and things of that sort. But you never know. In the future if you want to expand the game, especially in the shorter formats, then it could be the way to go, stated Shastri.
You know, why not, when you have that much volume of cricketers and if you want to spread the T20 game across the globe, then that could be the way ahead because if you’re talking of the Olympics in four years or eight years’ time, you need more countries to play the game. So that could be a way forward, claimed Shastri.
In turn, Cricket Betting Guru positively evaluates the desire to diversify cricket matches with new compositions and formats.
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