Former Indian captain and the current president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly, has reckoned that Indians are more tolerant towards mental health as compared to cricketers from England, Australia, and the West Indies.
Ever since cricket has returned post the Covid-enforced halt, cricketers around the world have been forced to live in a strict bio-secure environment that restricts their contact with the outside world.
A plethora of international cricketers has openly talked about the rigors of staying in a bio-secure environment and have even refused to go to international assignments citing bio-bubble issues.
The Indian Cricket team, on the other hand, has been in a bio-bubble since last August. Post the IPL in UAE, Team India cricketers went on a grueling three-month tour of Australia.
They returned home in late January and spent a few days with their family before entering another bio-bubble for a full-fledged series against England on home soil.
The series ended on March 28 and now the cricketers are once again in the bio-bubble of their respective IPL franchises.
“I feel we Indians are a bit more tolerant than overseas (cricketers). I’ve played with a lot of Englishmen, Australians, West Indians, they just give up on mental health,” said Sourav Ganguly during a virtual event as quoted by Hindustan Times.
“In the last six-seven months, with so much cricket being going on in the bio-bubble it’s so tough. Just going from the hotel room to the ground, handle the pressure and come back to the room and then get back to the ground again, it’s an absolutely different life.” he said.
Sourav Ganguly cited the example of the Australian team to explain his point.
The Australian Cricket Team was supposed to tour South Africa for a three-match Test series in March-April. However, Cricket Australia canceled the series at the last moment, citing unacceptable Covid-related concerns.
“Look at the Australian team, they were supposed to go to South Africa for a Test series after India played there. They refused to go there,” said Sourav Ganguly.
“And always there’s this scare of COVID. ‘Hope it’s not me the next time’. You have to stay positive, you have to train yourself mentally. All of us have to train ourselves mentally so that the good will happen. It boils down to training,” Ganguly said.