Mumbai Indians senior player Quinton de Kock said on Thursday his team felt ‘very safe’ inside the IPL biosecurity bubble, two days after leg spinner Adam Zampa called them out. one of the “most vulnerable” before taking a flight to Australia.
“To be honest, we trust our doctors, so we’re pretty safe in our bubbles. At least we feel very safe and it’s pretty easy, ”said de Kock after winning the game against Rajasthan Royals here.
“We always take precautions and I felt safe. I don’t know about the other guys. I speak for myself. It’s easy to take care of the game and the training and everything, ”added the South African.
A day after deciding to quit the league halfway for personal reasons, Zampa, who has a contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore, said the bio-bubble put in place for the ongoing T20 event was the “most vulnerable “of which he was a part. while suggesting that it should have been held in the United Arab Emirates, like last year.
But de Kock thought otherwise.
In the game, Rajasthan posted 171/4 but were overshadowed by de Kock’s dazzling 70, as the defending champions finished the task in 18.3 overs.
De Kock, for his part, said it was “much easier” to hit on the “Kotla” track after the struggles in Chennai.
“Obviously it was a lot easier to beat here. Was quite nice. We’re just happy to win it. It feels good to score a few more points again, especially in a winning case, ”said the southpaw.
“Yeah, really with our team we always try to get one of our top four just until the last (part) of our innings. We did it today and obviously the changes from Chennai to Delhi helped a bit, ”he added.
Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson conceded his team had 20-25 short points.
“We played a game in the afternoon, but the wicket was good and the ball was hitting the bat. I felt we were a bit 20-25 points short. We have to play fearless and positive cricket when we go to play the next match, ”Samson said in the post-match conference.
Despite the loss and unavailability of the stars, Samson has supported his players to be successful by saying they are still looking to win games.
“We continue to believe in our players and continue to believe in our team. We know that we are living a bit difficult phase, the star players are not available with us, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Liam Livingstone but, at the same time, I am proud of my team that we keep the positive waves, looking for us still to win the games to come, ”he said.
Samson also said the current COVID-19 situation in the country is being discussed among his players.
“Yes, absolutely, I think it’s (the donation) the least we can do depending on the financial part. But, at the same time, we often continue to discuss (about) the situation in the country (and) in the whole world.
” Its very important for us. We feel very privileged to be out there and play this game. We just need to go and play cricket to make them happy or entertain them, so we keep chatting.
“The goal is very clear, it just takes playing good cricket to uplift the spirit of the whole country,” added Samson.