Chennai Super Kings coach Deepak Chahar said the players did not panic despite Michael Hussey and L. Balaji testing positive for COVID-19 in the camp.
The 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) season is postponed after several cricketers and support staff contracted the virus.
“Once some reports turned positive, team management told us to isolate ourselves. We had tests every day and the reports were negative so that was a big relief. But none of the players panicked and everyone handled it well, ”said Chahar. Sports star.
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The Indian international also stressed the fact that the bio-bubble was intact and that “no protocol had been violated”. “But obviously I don’t know what went wrong. It’s really hard to say because all the players have followed the bubble to the letter, ”said the 28-year-old, who contracted the virus during last year’s IPL in the United Arab Emirates. “When you create a bubble from one city to another, it can be a difficult task. But I am not in a position to say what exactly happened… ”
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But how difficult was it to play matches, when millions of people were affected in India due to the second wave of COVID-19? “It was a challenge, but it was also important to have the IPL in these times. There was so much sadness, but at least we could entertain them for a few hours. We were playing for the public and that was the motivation, ”said Chahar.
The players would talk about the impact of the pandemic but the discussions switched to cricket once on the pitch. “When the games started, there wasn’t a lot of room to think about these things. Once on the pitch, the only idea was to focus on the game and win matches.
The Super Kings led the standings immediately after the adjournment. “The team has gained momentum. I also had good performances, which was satisfactory, ”he said.
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With the change of the tournament to the cluster-caravan format, it was initially difficult for the teams to get used to the counters. Like every other team, even the CSK pacers struggled in the first two games, but slowly gained momentum. Chahar, in fact, ran two races at four wickets.
“At the start, it was difficult because our team had more spinners. When a team is formed, you do it with Chennai in mind, so yes… (that was the challenge). But for me it didn’t matter much. Even though it was a bit difficult to swing the new ball, I’m happy with my form, ”he said.
Chahar praised the drummers and the depth of the roster. “Our batting lineup was very strong and for the first time I was able to beat at No. 11. When you have that depth in the batting lineup, the batters can play freely and that’s why we could score. big points consistently.