First six-isolation-day was very difficult: Dhoni
Published: 07:24 PM, 20 September 2020
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) had been started yesterday with the clash between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
As per the protocols, the teams taking part in the tournament had to quarantine for six days in Dubai and 14-days in Abu Dhabi. These isolation days impact the players in ways as according to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, " Staying in self isolation for the first six after spending five months with family was the hardest phase."
The CSK skipper spoke for the first time in months ahead of the IPL opener against Mumbai Indians.
"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 former India skipper said after winning the toss.
"After the first 14 days it was nice to get out. The practice facilities were very good."
Dhoni, who had retired from international cricket on 15 August 2020 , said he worked on his fitness during the coronavirus-induced lockdown in India, "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."
The 13th IPL was shifted to UAE due to rising COVID-19 cases in India.
The 53-day tournament, which will be held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, will conclude on November 10.