The Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri has said the team needs some break from international cricket as living in a bio-bubble can be mentally very draining. Most of the Indian cricketers haven’t been on a break since the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) last year in September and Shastri reckons that the team requires a much-needed break after this year’s IPL to recover from exhaustion.
Talking about the same during a show on Star Sports, Ravi Shastri said, “You know, this team takes, like I said, pride in performance. They take it one step at a time. Every game is important, every format is important, and you look at it in that way and we’ve got the volume of players. You know, at the moment, the bench strength is there to for you to accommodate them, across formats.”
He further added, “So, I think the hunger will be there, you’ll have to perform game after game, but I do believe, you need a break as well, from the international arena. So, I think, hopefully, after this series. Yes, they go into the IPL, but that’s a shorter format, but then again, after the IPL, I think, a couple of weeks off is a must. With these quarantines, these bubbles, it is mentally very, very draining. You’re a human at the end of it all.”
The former cricketer and head coach also showered some praises on skipper Virat Kohli and pointed out how the India captain has developed into an astute leader.
Elaborating the same, Shastri said, “Just seeing the way he has evolved, you knew that there was an uncut diamond there when I took over in 2014, but just to see him evolve… It takes time, everything doesn’t happen in a hurry. You got to have the ups, the downs, you know, you got to feel the heat, you got to have your successes and failures, to be able to get up and move on in life.”
Meanwhile, over 1000 players (814 Indian and 283 overseas players) have signed up to be a part of the IPL 2021 Player Auction, set to take place in Chennai on February 18.