On the eve of the 14th IPL, five-time defending champions Mumbai Indians‘ skipper Rohit spoke about life inside a bubble, a new normal necessitated by the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
“A lot of people are going through hard times, a lot of people are not able to work, not able to do what they like to. At least we are lucky that we are getting to do what we like,” Rohit said in a video, which was posted by his franchise on Twitter.
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“At least I am happy playing cricket which is what I love at the end of the day. If we have to adjust, we have to adjust. And try and see how you can get the best out of, you know, this bubble life as well,” India’s white-ball vice-captain added on Thursday.
In a much-awaited opener, MI will take on Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here.
He said the country’s memorable recent triumphs against strong teams such as England and Australia will give Indian cricket a lot of confidence going ahead.
“… The whole world has seen what we did there in Australia. The performance we put in as a team was so pleasing to see, especially by the younger players who have just come into the squad. Taking up the responsibility, rising to the occasion, which was so great to see.
“So that was Australia and then we were playing England in India. Again, beating England in all three formats. All the players put their hands up.
“England is a very, very competitive side and they have done really well in the last few years. And to beat a team like that gives us a lot of confidence moving forward,” the prolific scorer said.
Rohit also recalled the times spent inside a bubble in the UAE during last year’s IPL.
“For me it was a little tough because I was injured during the IPL and I had to go back and get my hamstring sorted. So it wasn’t easy and then we had a very challenging tour of Australia after that and I missed quite a bit of it.
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The 14th edition of the world’s biggest T20 franchise cricket tournament — the Indian Premier League is all set to commence from April 9 with the defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the tournament opener in Chennai. (Photo credit: BCCI/IPL)
“We have had some good times in the bubble, especially during the IPL in the UAE we had some solid memories that we created.
“Plus the bubble life in Australia and now in India, when we played against England. It was good, we got to know a lot of players who usually don’t come out of their rooms.
“So we had the team room where we used to chill and talk about a lot of stuff which was nice, which is something I feel has changed from the previous year. It’s nice to have the company around and have that bonding going,” he said.
Entering the lucrative league as one of the favourites, Rohit’s MI will complete a hat-trick of title triumphs if they win the IPL this year.