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Sourav Ganguly opens up on bio-bubble and the upcoming IPL

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BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday claimed Indian cricketers are “more tolerant” than others.

Sourav Ganguly commented this while talking about dealing with mental health issues and he said that Indian players are more tolerant compared to those from England and Australia but also admitted that being restricted to bio-bubbles amid the pandemic is not easy for anyone.

However, international cricket has started but it has been taking place behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that has forced players to stay in bio-bubbles also, where their life is restricted to hotels and stadiums only.

So far many players have opened upon this, including India captain Virat Kohli, who also voiced their concerns about the mental toll that the present situation is taking.

“I feel we Indians are a bit more tolerant than overseas (cricketers). I have played with a lot of Englishmen, Australians, and the West Indians, they just give up on mental health,” Sourav Ganguly has said at a virtual promotional event.

“I feel we Indians are a bit more tolerant than overseas” – Sourav Ganguly

“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.” Ganguly gave the example of the Australian cricket team which cancelled the tour of South Africa after the series against India at home.

Australia were scheduled for a three-match Test series in March-April but they pulled out giving an “unacceptable level of health and safety risk to players, support staff and the community”.

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“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… 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,” Sourav Ganguly added.

Ganguly also recalled the biggest setback in his career when he was excluded from captaincy in 2005 and was eventually dropped from the team only to make a splendid return. “You just have to deal with it. It’s the mindset that you get into. Life has no guarantees, be it in sport, business or whatever. You go through ups and downs. You just have to bite the bullet. Pressure is a huge thing in everybody’s life. All of us go through different pressures,” he recalled.

“When you play your first Test, it’s the pressure of making yourself established and making the world know that you belong at this level. A little bit of blip and it doesn’t stop people from scrutinising you and that adds to athletes in a long way,” Sourav Ganguly concluded.

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