Veteran India player Shikhar Dhawan, who will lead Team India in the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka next month, has said that life in bio-bubble has helped in players bonding by being around each other as well. Due to COVID-19, all the players and support staff need to follow certain guidelines as well.
“When we went home from [the suspended] IPL, we rested and got to spend time with our families after such a long time. We got to know our families from close and that is what we enjoyed. Our training also continued,” Shikhar Dhawan told the media before the team’s departure to Sri Lanka.
“Then we quarantined here (in Mumbai), we have a nice blend of seniors and youngsters. As seniors we have great opportunity to share our experience with youngsters — from our successes and failures. We are together while living in a bubble or a secluded area. That culture – prevalent 10-15 years ago – when all boys used to be together after the day’s play is coming back due to the bio-bubble life. We are spending time together. It is helping in bonding. That is a sign of a good team — good bonding, trust and I am sure, we will gain from each other’s experience,” he further added.
Notably, Team India will play three One Day Internationals (July 13-18) and as many Twenty20 Internationals (July 21-25) in Sri Lanka as well. Dhawan, who is going to lead the team has revealed that it is a great honour to lead the country.
Shikhar Dhawan expressed: “It is a great honour for me to captain India. Also working with Rahul [Dravid] bhai. I have played under his coaching when I was captaining India A in Bangladesh. We sync with each other. We want an environment in which boys can express themselves, be themselves. That is how we will get the best out of them.”
The veteran left-handed batsman again said that it is important for the top-order to perform well in Sri Lanka.
“It is important for the top-order to stay long at the crease over there. Give good start in first six overs in T20 and build long innings from there. Of course, we will play according to the demands of the situation. Boys are looking to perform their roles,” concluded Shikhar Dhawan.