Ground Report | New Delhi: What is Bio Bubble Fatigue; After suffering a loss against New Zealand in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, India pacer Jasprit Bumrah said that his side knows that losing the toss is a big loss in the current tournament as dew is playing a big role.
In 2021, it will be very difficult to point the finger at one specific reason for this shoddy performance – it could be Shaheen Shah Afridi’s first 12 deliveries that scared him, or maybe it was a reference to “not being brave enough”. As captain Virat Kohli said after the loss to New Zealand
Bumrah also opened up about the bio-bubble fatigue that cricketers are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the bubble of playing franchise and international cricket for months, players have often complained of fatigue and Bumrah reiterated the same.
“Absolutely, you need a break sometimes. You miss your family. You’ve been on the road for six months. So it all plays on your mind sometimes. But when you’re on the field you Don’t think about all those things.”
You don’t control a lot of things. All the scheduling goes on or what, when is the tournament played. So obviously being in a bubble and being away from your family for so long also plays a part on the minds of the players,” Bumrah said.
“But the BCCI has also tried its best to make us feel comfortable. This is the time we are living in now. It’s a tough time.”
There is an epidemic going on. We try to adapt but sometimes bubble fatigue, mental fatigue also comes and you are doing the same thing over and over again. It’s what it is and you can’t control much of it here.”
What is Bio Bubble Fatigue
The objective of the Bio-Secure Bubble is to keep teams isolated from the outside world to reduce the risk of COVID-19 at the venue. Additionally, players are not allowed to visit their family, friends, and visitors during the tournament nor are they allowed to leave the bio-bubble to visit their family or friends.
Bio-Bubble is a hosting arrangement that ensures a secure environment free of viruses. Players and support staff are often tested for COVID-19 and quarantined for a specific period of time before entering the bubble. Bio-Bubble sets rules for players and team staff to ensure that the virus does not contaminate the bubble.
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Strict rules prohibit players from going out on non-match days and interacting with anyone outside the bubble. It is also mandatory that the players will move only from the place of residence to the stadium. The frustration of these strict rules often leads to bio-bubble fatigue.
Team India during bubble:
|Series / Tournament||Matches||Result (for India)|
|IPL 2020 in UAE||Mumbai Indians won the tournament|
|India in Australia ODI Series, 2020/21||3||Lost 1-2|
|India in Australia T20I Series, 2020/21||3||Won 2-1|
|India in Australia Test Series, 2020/21||4||Won 2-1|
|England in India Test Series, 2020/21||4||Won 3-1|
|England in India T20I Series, 2020/21||5||Won 3-2|
|England in India ODI Series, 2020/21||3||Won 2-1|
|IPL 2021 in India||Tournament suspended after 29 matches|
|WTC final in England (v New Zealand), 2021||1||Lost|
|India in Sri Lanka ODI Series, 2021||3||Won 2-1|
|India in Sri Lanka T20I Series, 2021||3||Lost 1-2|
|Pataudi Trophy (India in England), 2021||4||Won 2-1|
|IPL 2021 in UAE||Chennai Super Kings won the tournament|
|T20 World Cup||India knocked out in group stages|