As he tried to explain the team’s shambolic campaign in the upcoming T20 World Cup here, India’s fast bowling spearhead Jasprit Bumrah claimed bubble fatigue is a harsh fact of the contemporary times. India fell by eight wickets to New Zealand on Sunday, and they are in danger of exiting the T20 World Cup with three more group games to play. The team has failed to win a match, having been defeated by Pakistan by 10 wickets in the season opener. When asked about the small gap between the second leg of the IPL and the T20 World Cup, Bumrah remarked in the post-match news conference, “Absolutely, you need a break.”

“However, this is the reality of the times we live in; it’s difficult, there’s a pandemic, and we’re stuck in bubbles. We make an effort to adjust, but bubble weariness and mental exhaustion set in. You keep doing the same thing over and over. It is what it is, and there are a lot of things you can’t control over here,” he added.

Between its first encounter against Pakistan and Sunday’s match against New Zealand, the Indian squad enjoyed a six-day rest. Virat Kohli, who had previously praised it as beneficial in dealing with weariness and niggles, called it “insane” at the toss on Sunday night.

“After six months on the road, you start to miss your family. All of this lingers in the back of your mind from time to time. However, while you’re out on the field, you don’t worry about all of that,” Bumrah explained. You don’t have control over all of those variables, including scheduling and when the event is held. Staying in a cocoon and being separated from your family for such a long time obviously has an effect on the players’ minds. The BCCI, on the other hand, has made every effort to make us feel at ease.”

India has been in bio-bubbles since arriving in England for the World Test Championship final in June. After that game against the Black Caps, the team had a three-week vacation before a gruelling five-Test series against England. Reflecting on Sunday’s encounter, Bumrah said the hitters sought to play “an attacking game” in order to provide the bowlers an extra 30 runs on a dewy pitch, since that was the team management’s communication.