The Indian captain, Virat Kohli, has once again highlighted the role of mental health in the world of sports. He believes mental health management is as important as physical workload management. He wants to create a safe space for his players, where they can express and discuss their issues.
Following the new norms, going from one bio-secure bubble to another in a short span of time, following difficult quarantine periods and isolation has become additional mental stress for the players.
After the postponement of IPL, the Indian team is now back again on the field, as they prepare for the World Test Championship (WTC) Final against New Zealand. Indian players have completed their quarantine at Mumbai and have boarded their flight to the UK on Wednesday, June 2nd.
India will also undergo a 10-day soft quarantine period (training allowed) in the UK. The BCCI is still negotiating over the 10-day quarantine period, as it is a bubble-to-bubble transfer.
Following the WTC final, the Indian team will play a five test-match series against England from August 4th. After the test series, the Indian team will play the remainder of the IPL and T20 World Cup in the next four months.
In the busy schedule, “You don’t get an outlet at all in today’s day and age. You are literally going to the ground and coming back to the hotel room, and you don’t have space where you can just disconnect from the game and go out for a walk or a meal or a coffee and just say ‘Let me refresh myself. Let’s just get away from the game for a while.’
I think this is a huge factor that should not be neglected. Because as much hard work as we’ve done to create this team, you don’t want players falling out because of mental pressures and not having the capacity or space to express themselves”, Kohli stated.
Luckily, the structure of this tour allows the Indian players time off, as there is a significant gap between the WTC final and England test series.