Abu Dhabi, September 19
Staying in self-isolation for the primary six days after spending 5 months with household was the toughest part, in accordance with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who spoke for the primary time in months forward of the IPL opener in opposition to Mumbai Indians.
In the run-up to 13th IPL, CSK was rocked by 13 COVID-19 instances, together with two gamers, and pullouts by the senior duo of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh as a consequence of private causes.
As per the protocols, groups needed to quarantine for six days in Dubai and 14-days in Abu Dhabi.
However, CSK needed to stretch their self-isolation interval to September 1 as a consequence of constructive instances within the camp together with gamers Deepak Chahar and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
“First six days in quarantine is very difficult. You are with your family and suddenly you have to stay in a separate room… felt each individual used that time well and nobody was disappointed or frustrated,” the previous India skipper mentioned after successful the toss.
“After the first 14 days it was nice to get out. The practice facilities were very good.”
Back in motion after a protracted hole, Dhoni, who had retired from worldwide cricket final month, mentioned he labored on his health in the course of the coronavirus-induced lockdown in India. His bulging biceps had been there for everybody to see.
“Have the liberty during lockdown to spend time on yourself to keep fit. Have to applaud every member of the squad for utilising the time well.”
Chennai had misplaced the finals to Mumbai Indians within the final version.
Asked if revenge is on his thoughts, Dhoni mentioned: “Being a gentleman’s game you don’t think about revenge (against MI). You think about the mistakes you made.”
Four-time champions Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma mentioned adapting to the circumstances in UAE would be the key.
“We have been here for few weeks, so understand conditions better. Before coming here, we had a camp in Mumbai. Also had quality practice out here in Abu Dhabi. Key here will be to understand conditions,” he mentioned.
“Pitches for the practice matches will be similar to what we’ll get here. so ready to go.”
The final time the IPL was held in UAE, Mumbai Indians had returned dwelling empty handed.
Asked if it performs on the thoughts in any manner, Rohit mentioned: “We just have two members from that squad, so it is a new set up now. The way we’ve been playing cricket for the last couple of years, it has been good. All in all we’ve had good preparation. Now all about execution.”
The 13th IPL was shifted to UAE as a consequence of rising COVID-19 instances in India. The 53-day event, which will probably be held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, will conclude on November 10. PTI