Kohli bats for rotation policy in age of bio-bubbles

Ahmedabad, Mar 03 (PTI): India skipper Virat Kohli feels rotation policy is the way forward in the age of bio-bubbles as mental fatigue caused by restrictive quarantines will make it extremely difficult for players to stay hungry.
England have been following a rotation policy in their ongoing tour of India, something that has drawn criticism from legends such as Kevin Pietersen.
Kohli, though, is convinced that as long as players are staying in bio-secure environments, taking intermittent breaks is not a bad idea.
“The kind of systems you have to follow in the bubble, it can get very monotonous and it is very difficult to keep yourself excited about small things,” Kohli said on the eve of the fourth Test against England.
Bio-bubbles became imperative for resumption of sporting action after COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc in 2020.
“I feel any format of the game is right place for rotation. No human being can possibly go on for that many number of games throughout of the year. Everyone needs to find windows of having some time off.
“These are the things that need to be considered for as long as you play in the bubble, outside of that it depends on where you stand physically more than mentally. But till the bubble exists, we need to keep the mental factor in the picture as well, because mental fatigue would be a huge, huge factor,” he said.
Kohli said for such a policy to succeed, a solid bench strength is paramount. He was pleased that India do not lack in that aspect.
“Our bench strength becomes way more important because if you have guys hungry, ready, who understand where the game is heading and are brave enough to take on opportunities then you can rotate very easily.
“There are eleven more guys who are ready to win a Test match for India, or One-day or T20 and that is exactly what we are striving towards, we have a clear road-map as to where we need to go in the next four-five years, so that our transition is not difficult at all,” he said.

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