The Indian batting ace KL Rahul recently opened up on the COVID-19 bio-bubble fatigue that takes a massive toll on the players. The global pandemic had disrupted normalcy in the world of sports. Amid that, the bio-bubble became a necessity for the players to avoid the infection. The Indian cricket management had been following that protocol. However, that has caused some issues for the players and KL Rahul shared his experience.
KL Rahul: It became very difficult for me to keep myself motivated
KL Rahul shared his experience of bubble fatigue which has become a prevalent issue among the sportsperson across the globe. During a conversation on ‘Red Bull Cricket’ on Clubhouse, he said the last series against West Indies at home took a massive mental toll on him.
“I was quite okay initially, but I think the last series and the West Indies series at home really got to me. It became very difficult for me to keep myself motivated. The first few bubbles I did manage. Because I kept asking myself, ‘Where else can I be? What else can I do?’ Nothing. Cricket is the only thing I am good at and this is the thing I have chosen, so I owe it to myself,” Rahul said.
He further stated that “the last couple of months were very difficult.” Rahul noted that the routine became monotonous for the players and it was not normal when they did not have family or friends around them.
However, Rahul, who is set to lead Lucknow Super Giants in IPL 2022, further stated that bubble life bought the players closer to each other and helped them form a much deeper friendship.
“The good thing was the bubble, the quarantines got the players together, we got to know each other better. I have gotten to know the players I have been with for 4-5 years better on a personal level and formed a much deeper friendship. You are constantly improving because you are chatting with your fellow players about the game. That’s all we know to be honest. We only know about cricket,” said Rahul.