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IPL 2020: Players keeping their spirits high in bio-secure bubble in UAE

rituraj@khaleejtimes.com Filed on August 24, 2020
Rajasthan Royals pace bowler Varun Aaron doing his regular exercise at the team hotel in Dubai. (Rajasthan Royals Twitter)

The franchises have made several plans to kelp the players keep their mental and physical health in top shape

The Indian Premier League teams have made sure their players are keeping their fitness levels high despite being put in quarantine to negate the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic.

With the arrival of the Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Sunday, we now have all eight IPL teams in these shores for the 13th edition of the richest league in the world which will get underway on September 19.

But the teams can only begin their regular training session after completing their six-day quarantine in their respective hotels.

The Rajasthan Royals, who were the first team to arrive in the UAE for the tournament, shared images on their social media platforms of their players doing their regular exercise while following the Covid-19 protocols.

Being in a bio-secure bubble for almost three months for the tournament could be challenging for the players.

The franchises have made several plans to help the players keep their mental and physical health in top shape.

Jaydev Unadkat, who will share the new ball with England's World Cup and Ashes hero Jofra Archer for the Rajasthan Royals, says a family-like atmosphere in the teams will be key.

"I feel first and foremost, it'll be important to bond well and have that family bonding vibe within the team given that they are going to be the ones you'll be spending all the time with," the 28-year-old left-arm pace bowler told Khaleej Times.

"As far as Rajasthan Royals go, I think we have a very good family-like atmosphere here. It's also important to keep in touch with your family back home so that you're not missing out on a lot of home time and missing your near and dear ones.

"Apart from that I think everything else remains almost the same, yes, we can't go out for dinners and movies but then I'm sure the team management have planned for that. We'll be having a lot of team events and bonding sessions and will be spending a lot of time with each other."

The bio-secure bubble, according Unadkat, will help the players know their teammates even better. 

"I feel that will be important as it will get us all to know each other better, connect with players from different states and countries. This year especially, it'll be even more important as we'll be spending a lot more time together," said Unadkat, who is hoping the make a comeback into the Indian team.

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Rituraj Borkakoty

A big fan of the Argentina national football team, Rituraj generally writes on sports. But he deeply cherishes the time he spent with his favourite musician from Assam, India, for an interview. And he loves to bring human interest stories to Khaleej Times readers.


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