Kohli cautions against player burnout
India captain Virat Kohli has said that while trying to ‘cover up’ for the amount of cricket lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities must be mindful that cricketers aren’t lost to burnout. “We’ve spoken a lot about this [bubble life]. The good thing is we’ve played a tournament like the IPL,” Kohli said ahead of India’s T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan.
“Every day you have a new challenge in front of you. The tournament builds up and you are working towards a goal. Similarly, the World Cup too brings the same motivation. You are playing a multinational event; you are playing against various teams - some of them you’ve never gotten a chance to play against.
These things allow you to keep the focus. “But going forward, I understand we’ve lost some time without cricket [during the pandemic] but in trying to cover that up, if you lose players then world cricket is not going to be better off. So there has to be a balance in the future.