Star Indian fast bowler Mohammed Shami has opened up on the challenges faced by players while staying in bio-bubble and playing cricket. He feels that players can get mentally distributed staying under a bio-bubble.
Meanwhile, in the Covid-19 pandemic era, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has made strict rules regarding players to remain under bio-bubble for playing domestic or international games. This has led to cricketers being unable to spend precious time with their loved ones, which can turn out to be very challenging for them.
The Punjab Kings speedster Mohammed Shami is one of the players who has been away from his family for a long period of five long months. Notably, the 31-year-old was part of the India tour of the England Test series and after that, he is playing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Meanwhile, after IPL ends he will join India’s T20 World Cup 2021 bio-bubble.
In a recent interaction with Sportstar, Mohammed Shami opened up on the challenges of playing cricket while being placed in a bio-bubble.
“The biggest challenge is to go out in these times; travelling from one country to the other in bio-bubbles. If there is a long tour, you are away from your family for that period,” he said.
The ace fast bowler further added that staying in bio-bubble for a longer period can affect the mental health of players.
“The players can get mentally disturbed. And it can be irritating at times. You have to be in your room, and then, there is performance pressure to play for your country and franchise.
“But this is the best that we can do. You have to be mentally strong to do this,” Shami added
My Body Is Doing Good Overall – Mohammed Shami
Talking about his fitness the pacer stated that he had got injured in Australia other than that things have been going pretty smooth for him.
“My body is doing good overall. I had an injury after I got hit in Australia, otherwise, the momentum has been good. The only thing is to know how you can recover from niggles. If you need a massage or rest or treatment, you need to understand such things as there is cricket throughout the year. We only have to take care of our bodies,” Shami said.
Mohammed Shami signed off by talking about his workload. He elaborated:
“As far as my workload is concerned, more or less I am in the recovery mode. My teammates make fun of my rest mode (laughs). When I am not on the ground, I don’t waste my energy. I know that I will give my 100 per cent when I am switched on,”