Since cricket resumed in August 2020, the Indian cricket team, coached by Ravi Shastri, has had a non-stop cricketing schedule. What’s worse is that they’ve had to constantly live under strict quarantine and bio-bubble rules and restrictions which began with IPL 2020. Following the IPL in UAE, they had to travel to Australia for three ODI and T20I games followed by the Border Gavaskar Trophy Test Series, which ended in January. The players then got a week off on their return to India, before commencing a six-day quarantine period once again ahead of the Test series against England.
Following the England tour, IPL will take over once again and the Men in Blue another bio-bubble for the 14th Indian Premier League which will be held in the months of April and May. IPL 2021 will be followed by hosting Sri Lanka at home and then travelling to England, which potentially includes the World Test Championship Final if India manage to qualify. The T20 World Cup is also scheduled in the months of October and November in India and the management could also arrange a few bilateral T20I series prior to that.
All in all, the Men in Blue have a very, very cramped schedule which would be unhealthy in a normal world. However, in the world of COVID-19, living in strict bio-bubbles away from human interaction for months at a time could prove to be very mentally exhausting. Indian coach Ravi Shastri also spoke on the same, suggesting that staying in hotel rooms for so long can be mentally draining and urged the authorities to provide ample rest to the players.
“I do believe you need a break from international cricket at some point. After the England series, yes they go into the IPL. Again after the IPL, a couple of weeks off is a must. Because in these quarantines, in these bubbles, it is mentally draining. You are a human, at the end of it all,” Ravi Shastri told Star Sports.