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IPL 2021: Everyone panicked once coronavirus entered bio-bubble, says SRH wicketkeeper Shreevats Goswami

Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper Shreevats Goswami described how it was like for the players once they got to know about a breach in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 bio-bubble earlier this week.

A few players like Axar Patel (Delhi Capitals) and Daniel Sams (Royal Challengers Bangalore) had tested positive for Covid-19 before the IPL 2021 started but Kolkata Knight Riders duo Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier became the first-two cricketers to contract the virus during the IPL 2021 in Ahmedabad on May 3, just hours before Chennai Super Kings bowling coach L Balaji and a bus cleaner also returned the same result in Delhi.

SRH wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and Delhi Capitals leg-spinner Amit Mishra joined the growing list the very next day. It was then that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and IPL governing council convened an emergency meeting in which they decided to indefinitely suspend the tournament with immediate effect.

Goswami revealed how the foreign players started to panic after coronavirus breached the bio-secure environment.

“We were well taken care of inside the bubble. None of the players or support staff breached it. But once the virus entered, I will not deny, everyone panicked and the foreigners especially. You can’t really help it.

“I know I am a sportsman with good immunity. God forbid, if I contract the virus, I would recover. But what if as an asymptomatic carrier, I give it to my aged parentsWhen virus entered, most players were scared because you don’t want your family to get affected,” Goswami said.

“Obviously you are not oblivious to what’s happening on the outside. When you see people dying because of lack of oxygen, hospitals running out of bed, you feel. For the foreigners, obviously it was scary, what they saw and read on Twitter.

“We indian players would try to comfort them that don’t worry things will be okay. Some of them were like ‘what if we get COVID over here? Will our health insurance policy work?” he added.

THE BORING BIO-BUBBLES

Goswami also opened up on life inside bio-bubbles and how difficult it was for him to move from one bubble to another in the past few months.

“There are only as many Netflix web series or films that you can watchwhen you are left to do nothing, you start thinking, introspecting, at times negative thoughts might creep in.

“Isolation or hard quarantine is the most difficult part. 10 days seem like a month. If your hotel room has balcony then you are a privileged man as you can at least enjoy the morning sun or if nothing else be a star gazer. For others it’s like traveling in a bus, enclosed,” he said.

Syndicated from India Today

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