IPL 2021: Ravi Shastri pleads, ‘Please give break to Indian players after IPL 2021’ bio bubbles very taxing

IPL 2021 – Ravi Shastri pleads give rest to Indian team: India’s Head coach Ravi Shastri has asked for a break of the Indian players after the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020-21), saying a two-week time for recovery is essential. He added that the bio-bubble restrictions and quarantine is a mental battle off the pitch and it is vital for the players to stay refreshed ahead of international fixtures in the coming months.

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Shastri said that the India players would head to the IPL 2021 after concluding the ongoing two-month-long series against England. In the calendar year, India will face Sri Lanka at home, World Test Championship final (if they win the series against England) and feature in the T20 World Cup. A few bilateral limited-overs series are also on the cards.

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The Border-Gavaskar Trophy champions reached India in the second week of the New Year and could only manage a week with loved ones before next assignment against England. The players had to undergo mandatory six-day quarantine ahead of the first Test at Chepauk Stadium in Chennai.

The Indian cricketers have been playing continuously since August (IPL 2020). Bio-bubble and quarantine periods have become the new normal in international cricket amid coronavirus pandemic.

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.

The former India great is of the view that every series and each format is essential. He said that every series in 2021 is significant and India has enough bench strengths to rotate the players. Shastri stressed that the bench strength displayed their talents on-field when they outclassed Australians in all the departments to win the series 2-1.

As far as this team goes, this team takes pride in its performance. we will take it one step at a time. Every series is important. Every format is important. And we have got the volume of players, we have the bench strength to accommodate across all formats. So there will be the hunger to perform,” Shastri added.

Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli is back to lead the squad against England after his paternity leave.

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