There is undeniable fear after Kovid-19 enters the bio-bubble of the IPL, with some Indian players participating in the recently suspended T20 league insisting that they are not “tight” with them. Last year.
The world’s largest T20 league on Tuesday had to suspend proceedings indefinitely after four players and two coaches tested positive for Kovid-19.
PTI spoke to some of the league participants this year to gain insight into the bio-bubble and how the dynamics have changed since the cases in it came to light.
One player, who did not want to be named, said it was not as safe as it was in the UAE and that not a single proper case came up during the tournament, but there were those who tested positive before rolling.
“Despite the efforts of the teams and the BCCI, the bubble is very tight in the UAE. Here they can see people coming and going even though they are on different floors. I saw some people even use the pool. Then the practice facilities were also far away,” he said.
Srivastava Goswami, the winner of the Indian Under-19 World Cup since the inception of the IPL, said he did not suspect any player or support staff violating the COVID-19 SOPs. He is playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“We were well taken care of inside the bubble. None of the players or support staff violated it. But once the virus entered, I did not deny, everyone was scared and especially the aliens. You can’t really help,” he said.
“I know I’m an athlete with good immunity. God forbid, if I get infected with the virus, I will recover. But as an asymptomatic carrier, if I give it to my elderly parents … When the virus enters, most players are afraid because you don’t want your family to be affected,” He recalled.
The number of Kovid cases in India once again crossed the 4 lakh mark on Thursday and the daily death toll reached 4,000. Hospital beds outside the IPL bubble, desperate cries for oxygen and vital drugs have caused global outrage and an outpouring of support.
According to Goswami, IPL cricketers know and understand the pain, and foreign recruits fear for their safety after seeing images of suffering on social media.
“You don’t know exactly what’s going on externally. When you see people dying from lack of oxygen, hospitals being bedridden, you feel it. To foreigners, it’s scary, what they saw and read on Twitter,” he said.
“We Indian players try to comfort them, don’t worry, things will be fine. Some of them will ask ‘What if we get COVID here? Does our health insurance policy work?’ ‘He revealed.
Goswami’s team consists of players from both Australia and New Zealand. As the Australians leave, the New Zealand players will go out on Friday.
And in the midst of all this, there were discussions about whether or not to continue the league.
“Players and support staff have different views on what is going on outside. Some wanted the IPL to happen, others did not. When the virus entered the bubble, there was unrest …” said the unnamed cricketer.
“Foreign players are professional throughout, worried about how they will get home.”
Cricketer-turned-commentator Deep Dasgupta has refused to call the IPL bubble porous but has admitted his own concerns after cases began to rise in Delhi.
“I would not say the bio-bubble created this time around is the same as last time in the UAE. We were well taken care of and I am safe,” he said.
“However, when the cases started to rise in Delhi, I was a little more careful. Once you see how people are suffering, it is disturbing. Also I was tensed as my parents are still living in Noida. So I am always thinking about them,” he added.
“Once the cases started to rise in Kolkata, then I was thinking about my wife and children. But they tell me to be careful. We are fine.”
Another player said the bubble seemed safe when the tournament started but not so much after that.
“It’s only good at the beginning, but no one knows how Kovid got in,” he said, requesting not to be named.
Another player, who requested anonymity, said he was not too anxious when cases were registered in the bubble and that even the foreigners who were part of his team did not.
“We are normal. There is no anxiety or fear even among foreign players,” the domestic cricketer, who has a good ing ting in the league, promised.
Apart from the fear of the virus, there was also bubble fatigue that players were struggling with, which prompted England’s Liam Livingstone to leave quickly. Goswami said moving from one bubble to another was not easy for anyone.
“Bubble life is boring and repetitive … I am a part of four bubbles. After last year’s IPL Syed Mustaq Ali, Vijay Hazare Trophy and this IPL … with my wife, it was easy, but for the little ones it was very difficult,” he said. Said.
“There are only so many Netflix web series or movies you can watch … When you are left with nothing to do, you start thinking, introspecting, sometimes negative thoughts can enter.
“Isolation or hard quarantine is the hardest part. 10 days looks like a month. If you have a balcony in your hotel room, you’re a special person so you can at least enjoy the morning sun or be nothing more than a star gazer. For others it’s like traveling by bus.