Sourav Ganguly believes overseas cricketers are not tolerant as compared to Indian players with regards to mental health in today’s COVID-19 times. Since the COVID-19 era has begun several foreign players have pulled out of a tour due to the mental fatigue caused by the bio-secure bubble. The president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) added that life for cricketers is now not at all easy as they are only restricted to their hotel rooms and cricket grounds due to the COVID-19 scare.
Sourav Ganguly holds Indian players more tolerant than overseas players when it comes to mental health
Nevertheless, Ganguly pointed out that it is a challenge and Indian cricketers are able to adapt to this more as compared to the overseas players. Recently CSK fast bowler Josh Hazelwood pulled out of IPL 2021 because the players have to be in a bio-secure bubble for close to two months during the tournament.
“I feel we Indians are a bit more tolerant than overseas (cricketers). I’ve played with a lot of Englishmen, Australians, West Indians, they just give up on mental health,” the former India captain said at a virtual promotional event.
“In the last six-seven months, with so much cricket being going on in the bio-bubble it’s so tough. Just going from the hotel room to the ground, handle the pressure and come back to the room and then get back to the ground again, it’s an absolutely different life.”
Meanwhile, till now no Indian players have pulled out of a tour citing the exhaustion caused by the bio-bubble. Ganguly further proved his point and stating how Australia decided not to tour South Africa because of the coronavirus fear after the Test series against India. Ganguly added that it is important for players to stay positive during these times and have to train themselves not only physically but also mentally.
“Look at the Australian team, they were supposed to go to South Africa for a Test series after India played there. They refused to go there,” said Sourav Ganguly.
“And always there’s this scare of COVID. ‘Hope it’s not me the next time’. You have to stay positive, you have to train yourself mentally. All of us have to train ourselves mentally so that the good will happen. It boils down to training,” Ganguly said.