Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan has compared living in the bio-secure bubble for IPL 2020 with the Big Boss house but conceded that this is an opportunity for them to “improve in every aspect” as a cricketer.
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League is being organised in a bio-secure environment in the United Arab Emirates due to the coronavirus crisis. The 53-day tournament will be played between September 19 to November 10 inside empty stadiums in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.
The 8-team IPL was forced out of India because of the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country. This is the third time the tournament is being played out of India after 2009 and 2014.
“It (the bio-bubble) is a new thing for everyone. More than challenging, I see it as an opportunity to improve in every aspect. I keep myself entertained; I take it in a positive way.
“Nice to test our mental strength. It’s almost like Big Boss,” Dhawan told Hindustan Times.
Dhawan said that he used the time in lockdown, and now the preparation time before the IPL, to make technical changes in his game including a different batting stance.
“My stamina, focus, and mobility has got better. I used to have a stiff body, my mobility has really gone to a level I like.
“Also skills keep changing. Little things that you won’t notice, like my stance has changed a little. Some of it is detailed stuff that of course I won’t like to tell,” Dhawan said.
The Delhi cricketer also said that playing cricket after almost 5 months will be more of a mental challenge for them, something which he hopes the Delhi Capitals can conquer this season and finally lift the IPL trophy for the first time.
“More than skill-based, it’s going to be mentally challenging, coming after five months and playing in such a big tournament. It will take a lot of courage, skill and everything for a team to start doing well.
“Can there be a new winner? Why not? Someone was saying how every leap year there is a new winner. Hopefully, we will see Delhi Capitals lifting the trophy,” Dhawan said.