India’s fast bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah says that ‘Bubble Fatigue’ is one of the main reasons of India’s poor performance in the ongoing T20 World Cup.
India suffered their 2nd consecutive defeat of the tournament after New Zealand defeat the Men in Blue by 8 wickets on Sunday. Team India are currently poised at the 5th position in Group 2 with two losses in two games. The race to qualify for the next stage of the tournament remains tough and not in the hands of the Indian players. Even winning the remaining three games does not guarantee team India a place in the semifinals.
Team India have been in the bio-secure bubble for over 6 months now. Bumrah feels that the players are suffering from ‘bubble fatigue’ amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The players are feeling the effects of being in the bubble for more than 6 months now. The players have been in the road since the 1st leg of the IPL way back in April. The team also toured the country of England before the 2nd leg of the IPL began in September in UAE.
“Absolutely, sometimes you need a break. You miss your family. You’ve been on the road for six months.
“So, all of that sometimes play on the back of your mind. But when you’re on the field, you don’t think of all those things. Obviously staying in a bubble and staying away from your family for such a long period of time does play a role.
“The BCCI also tried their best to make us feel comfortable. It’s a difficult time. There’s a pandemic going on, so we try to adapt but sometimes bubble fatigue, mental fatigue also creeps in.”
Being put to bat first, India were reduced to 48/4 within the first 10 overs of the game. Bumrah said that the batting unit was attempting to put big runs on the board keeping in mind dew as a major factor that would come in the 2nd innings. He said that the batsmen tried to play an attacking game in a bid to get a extra 30 runs on the board.
“We tried to give us some cushion. We wanted to get extra runs that could give us an advantage in the second innings,” Bumrah said.
But soon after that, Virat Kohli’s blamed his players that his players did not show a proper body language and there was no intent amongst them. The difference in the statements between the skipper and the pacer shows that communication is a problem in the Indian dressing room.
India had a six day after playing its first match against Pakistan last Sunday. Virat Kohli called this long break as a ‘ridiculous’ one at the toss.