Tour in India in England: Kohli says it is necessary to ensure the mental well-being of the players,
India tour in England: Need to ensure the mental well-being of the players, it should not be neglected: Kohli – Indian skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri echoed the same sentiment on Wednesday, in terms of keeping players mentally cool amid the bio-bubbles created due to the coronavirus pandemic.
India and New Zealand will meet in the World Testing Championship (WTC) final at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, from June 18. Before that, New Zealand will also play a two-game test series against England, which started today in Lord. After the final, India will face England in August in a five-game test series. Meanwhile, a team of white balloon specialists are also expected to tour Sri Lanka in July.
“Well, you never know, right now it’s happening because of the current situation and the travel restrictions. You never know, in the future, if you want to expand the game, especially the shorter formats of the game, then this might be the way to go. If you have this volume of cricketers, if you want to stream the T20 game to the world, this could be the way to go. If you are talking about the Olympics, then you need more teams to play, ”Shastri said in a virtual press conference.
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“You will see that in the Test series against England when you have to play five Tests in six weeks, it’s no joke. Even the strongest will need a break. More than the physical part, it is. is the mental part. You can be mentally destroyed when you are asked to do the same thing over and over again. It is not easy to get over it especially when you are having a bad day. It is important to mix up guys and to keep them mentally fresh due to the prevailing circumstances, ”he added.
Skipper Virat Kohli also addressed the issue of mental health and said it was important to give players a break so they can play under the most difficult circumstances.
“With the current structure and the type of structure that we are competing in, it is very difficult to stay motivated and find that mental space, to be confined to an area and to do things day in and day out and face challenges. pressure situations. It will certainly become a standard of the future, apart from the workload, the mental aspect will also come into play, ”Kohli said.
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“Because you have no outlet at all in the present day. You literally go to the floor and come back to your room. You have no space to log out of the game and go out for a walk. This is a huge factor that should not be overlooked. As much as the hard work we’ve done to create this squad, you don’t want players arguing because they can’t have that ability. You have to keep the channel open, we’ve done that and the players can say they need a break if they’re not feeling well, ”he added.
After the WTC final, the Indian Test team will be given a break of more than a month before the five-game series against England. Kohli and Shastri both hailed the move as it will give players some time to cool off.
“I feel like after I finish WTC I think it’s a great opportunity to refresh and restructure, hopefully if things are going well just so the guys are normal and disconnect again, to understand that we have the pressure of a five-game series. Like in Australia, if we were to argue in a bubble for that long time it would have been difficult, ”Kohli said.
“The mere fact that we had the freedom to go out and access that stuff there, it gave us space to refresh and reset. I think this is totally correct, it will give us time to cool off and prepare for a long streak. This type of setup is important before you embark on a long streak. The challenge in England can be intimidating, so we want to have time before this series, ”he added.
The Indian men’s team will arrive in the UK on June 3, 2021, via a charter flight with a negative PCR test, ”ICC said in an official statement. Before traveling, the group will have spent 14 days in a bio-secure environment in India during which regular tests will have taken place.
Upon landing, they will proceed directly to the on-site Hampshire Bowl hotel where they will be tested again before starting a period of managed isolation. Regular tests will be carried out during the isolation period. The activity of the players will be authorized in a gradually increasing way after each series of negative tests, going from an isolated exercise to an activity in a small group then in a larger team, while always remaining in the bio-secure site.