Updated: March 28, 2020 1:25:21 pm
Sport coming to a standstill owing to the COVID-19 pandemic is a “welcome rest” for India cricketers, feels head coach Ravi Shastri, who has spent barely 10-11 days at house since leaving for the World Cup final May.
As with different sports activities the world over, cricket has additionally been affected with all worldwide and home fixtures being referred to as off because of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
“(This rest) cannot be a bad thing because towards the end of the New Zealand tour, you could see some cracks coming up when it came to mental fatigue, physical fitness and injuries,” Shastri stated.
He was talking to former England captains Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain and Rob Key on a Sky Sports podcast.
According to Shastri, the gamers might use the time to re-energise themselves, particularly after a gruelling New Zealand tour the place India performed 5 T20Is, three ODIs and two Tests.
“The quantity of cricket we’ve got performed over the past ten months, that was starting to take its toll. Guys like me, and another guys from the help employees, we left India on May 23 for the World Cup in England. Since then we’ve got been at house for 10 or 11 days.
“There are certain players who played all three formats, so you can imagine the toll it has taken on them, especially being on the field, adjusting from T20s to Test match cricket and all the travel that goes with that because we travelled quite a lot,” Shastri stated.
After the World Cup, the Indian staff travelled to the West Indies, then performed a lengthy house sequence in opposition to South Africa that was adopted by a full tour of New Zealand.
“So it has been tough but a welcome rest for players,” the coach stated.
India is at present in a 21-day lockdown and in line with Shastri, his gamers knew one thing like this was imminent when the sequence in opposition to South Africa, proper after the New Zealand tour, was referred to as off.
“It came as a shock but to be honest, having been on the road during the South Africa series, we guys anticipated it,” he stated.
“We knew something was on the cards as the disease had just started spreading. When the second ODI was called off, we knew something was gonna happen and a lockdown was imminent.”
The illness, which originated within the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan in Hubei province, has to this point claimed over 27,000 lives the world over.
“I think the players knew it was coming, they sensed it in New Zealand. There were apprehensions towards the end of that tour, when flights were coming through Singapore, out of Singapore.”
“By the time we landed (in India), I believed we obtained out at simply the precise time. There have been solely two circumstances in New Zealand at the moment, that has rocketed now to 300.
“The day we landed, that was the first day they were screening and testing people at the airport. So (we came back) just in the nick of time.”
Shastri stated that in such a scenario, gamers might play a function by spreading consciousness about this pandemic.
“As players, you have a lot of responsibility. That’s why the message is very clear that cricket should be last on everyone’s mind now,” he stated.
“I feel crucial factor is security and never guaranteeing simply your security but guaranteeing security of others as effectively, by creating a type of consciousness that tells individuals there’s something severe round.
“Virat has done it, a lot of other players have done it by posting certain messages on social media. They knew that it’s something very serious and there could be a hold up in cricket for some time.”
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