Amit Mishra, a leg-spinner, is relieved to be back to full fitness after a long recuperation from COVID-19, which effectively cut him off from the rest of the world. The Delhi Capitals tweaker is now looking forward to the IPL beginning on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates. He was one of the affected players in the IPL-bio bubble, which forced the BCCI to cancel the tournament in May.

“I concentrated on my rehabilitation from Covid-19 when the IPL was postponed in May. I gradually and steadily improved my fitness, following the advice of the physicians”,he stated in a press release issued by the team.

“It was difficult for me to recover during the first half of the season, but I am glad to be back for the second half. I conducted my own training and didn’t associate with anyone after my recovery. Because I didn’t want to train in a public gym, I bought some gym equipment, such as a treadmill, and set it up at home.”

The Delhi Capitals had a strong start to the campaign, winning six of their first eight games. When the season resumes, Mishra believes that all teams would have to start again.

“Right now, we’re at the top of the table, but we have to start over. We need to rethink our strategies. I believe that now that we are all re-starting the tournament, every team has an equal opportunity of doing well. Because we’ll be playing the second half of the IPL in a new country, we’ll have to adapt our strategy to the conditions in the UAE.”

The leg-spinner went on to say that he’ll strive to improve on the team’s early-season success. On September 22, the Delhi Capitals will face the Sunrisers Hyderabad.