Nov 1, 2021: After his second defeat in the Twenty20 World Cup, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah said that India was struggling with ‘bubble fatigue’ from the COVID-19 pandemic and players were feeling the effects of being on the road for six months.
India finished fifth in Group II after losing by eight wickets to New Zealand in the Super 12 stage on Sunday and winning the remaining three matches may not be enough to make it to the semi-finals. The players have been on the road since the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season in April.
The Test team also toured England in September in the United Arab Emirates before the resumption of the IPL, which was affected by the corona virus.
Asked if the team was tired after the IPL season, which ended a week before the World Cup, Bumrah told reporters: “Of course, sometimes you need a break. Missing family. You’ve been on the road for six months. So it all plays on the back of your mind sometimes. But when you’re on the field, you don’t think about all these things […] obviously living in a bubble and for so long. Staying away from your family plays a role. The BCCI also tried its best to make us feel comfortable […] This is a difficult time. A pandemic is going on, so we try to adapt, but sometimes fatigue, mental fatigue comes in. “
India fell 48-4 in the 11th over against New Zealand and Bumrah said the batting unit was trying to make quick runs as they felt dew would be a factor for the bowlers in the chase.
“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.
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