The game of cricket has altered dramatically in the last two years. The bio-bubble in sports has become the new normal since the COVID-19 pandemic swept the planet.
Due to the pandemic, the ICC T20 World Cup was also postponed. The flagship event, though, is returned after a five-year hiatus.
The Indian team, which has been on the road for the previous four months, is beginning to show signs of exhaustion.
“Don’t even ask me about the bubble! It is really hard,” KL Rahul said as reported in News18.
Rahul has been with the squad since the England tour, and this is his sixth time in a high-pressure situation in the last 13 months.
The batter’s bio-bubble environment began during the Australia series in late December of previous year.
Given that KL Rahul plays all three formats, he admits that it is difficult. But that cricket is what keeps him going.
“It was quite okay when we started in 2020. I think the first bubble was IPL 2020.
“It was pretty okay because we were coming out of five months of no cricket so we were excited to just play cricket and din’t mind being in a bubble.
“But the bio bubbles have been going on for so long that it is really hard,” Rahul said according to Cricket Next.
The India batter went on to say that staying in the bio-bubble for long periods of time is difficult. That even family members must be quarantined. However, Rahul stated that at the end of the day, we must adjust.
“Even for your families to come in, to quarantine alone for them is obliviously it is quite a challenge and it is not fun.
“It is getting tougher but that’s the sport, you have to again adapt.”
Rahul talks about the positive side of the bio-bubble
The only benefit of the bio-bubble, according to the 29-year-old, is that it has brought the team together.
He also mentioned that the players are spending a lot of time together and getting to know one another.
“I think the bubbles have brought the team together,
“We have gotten to know each other a lot because we end up spending time with each other a lot.”
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