IPL 2020: Bio-secure bubble a real test of players' temperament

The players will be confined to the hotel room when they are not at the stadium for practice sessions and matches. (Twitter)
The players will be confined to the hotel room when they are not at the stadium for practice sessions and matches. (Twitter)

Dubai - It is the mental and emotional state of the players which will be thoroughly tested in the bio-secure bubble



By Anis Sajan

Published: Mon 31 Aug 2020, 11:24 AM

Last updated: Mon 31 Aug 2020, 1:33 PM

The Indian Premier League (IPL) players will have to be in a bio-secure bubble for 80 days due
to the Covid-19 pandemic. It won't be easy as they will be confined to the hotel room when they are not at the stadium for practice sessions and matches.
This is where the temperament of the players will be tested. As the great Sunil Gavaskar always says: 'temperament is what separates the men from the boys'.
It is the mental and emotional state of the players which will be thoroughly tested in the bio-secure bubble.
Some franchises have allowed family to accompany the players for the tournament, as family plays a significant role in maintaining a stable mental and emotional state of mind.

A good example of this is Rohit Sharma as we have all seen the videos posted by him of spending time with his family.
Another example is Virat Kohli. Having Anushka Sharma by his side while he is here has definitely acted as a stressbuster since they can spend quality time with each other during these special days of their journey to parenthood.
Also, the role of the psychologist comes into play. A team psychologist can have one on one session with the young players specially those who are without a family here to understand their state of mind in the bio-secure bubble.
With IPL still three weeks away, the teams that succeed in ensuring the mental health of the players are likely to perform better on the field.


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