Indian captain Virat Kohli reveals how tough bio-bubble life is for players

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, like several cricketers, has been moving from one bio-secure bubble to another ever since the sport resumed in 2020 after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sporting activities have suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, as organizers must adhere to tight measures to prevent players from being infected during any given event. 

The same is applicable for the next ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, which will be run according to COVID-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure a seamless event. 

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Virat Kohli, the Indian captain, took to Twitter to share his experience with bio secure bubbles, sharing an image of himself tied to a chair. 

“This is what it’s like to play in bubbles,” the skipper wrote. 

Meanwhile the Indian skipper was not the only one suffered from this as Chris Gayle, the charismatic batsman was also a victim of bio-secure bubble fatigue when he announced his resignation from the rest of the Indian Premier League (IPL) last month owing to stress induced by always staying in the bubble. 

Gayle isn’t the first or, for that matter, the last player to leave cricket due to the bio-security issue. Since the summer of this year, players have been taking time off from cricket. When England’s Ben Stokes opted out of the India series to focus on his mental health, he became the first high-profile cricketer to do so. 

Furthermore, this year’s inaugural edition of The Hundreds had several players withdraw. Players also elected to avoid the rest of the IPL in India to avoid the bubble. 

Last year, when the world was struck by the COVID-19 pandemic and everything came to a halt, the concept of the bio-secure bubble was developed. Under the stringent bio-secure bubble, England was the first country to hold cricket in the summer of 2020. 

The World Cup begins on October 17 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman, as Pakistan is playing the opening match against arch rivals India on October 24. 

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