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Shastri: Bubble life is tough, even Bradman's average would've come down


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Outgoing head coach Ravi Shastri said that even Don Bradman’s performance would have dropped if he had to stay in a bubble for an extended period.

Indian cricket team have been in bio-bubbles since the start of the World Test Championship final in Southampton in June. 

Shastri also thinks IPL was the reason for fatigue as the tournament was played in the UAE, ended two days ahead of the T20 World Cup.

"The team has been in a bubble for the last 6 months. I am mentally drained but these players are mentally and physically drained. We would have ideally liked a bigger gap between the IPL and the T20 World Cup," Shastri said during a virtual conference.

India failed to progress to the semifinals of the 2021 T20 World Cup. The side managed to win just three games out of five and they suffered losses against Pakistan and New Zealand in the Super 12 stage.

"When you are six months in the bubble, there are lots of players in this team who are all-format players. In the last 24 months, they have been home for 25 days. I do not care who you are, if you`re name is Bradman and you are in a bubble, your average will come down because you are human. It is not something you put petrol in the backside and expect the guy to move on," Shastri further said

Rahul Dravid will take over from Shastri and the former India skipper's first assignment would be the home T20I and Test series against New Zealand, beginning November 17.