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You can’t afford to be mentally exhausted in the face of a pandemic and bio-secure bubbles. Within a day of finishing their high-octane ODI series, India and England cricket players had to join their respective franchises for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL), which begins on April 9. And, as Mohammed Siraj, who joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) camp with teammate Yuzvendra Chahal, points out, moving from one bio-bubble to another can be difficult.

The Indian duo left Pune, “having the entire aircraft to themselves,” after donning the required PPE kits and a stylish pair of goggles.

While they were mostly alone on the flight, Siraj joked that a red PPE suit would have been more fun, according to a video posted on the RCB’s official Twitter account.

The players can be seen relaxing and taking advantage of the hospitality, with Chahal, who was traveling with his wife, even sneaking in a quick nap.

Siraj compared the bubble-to-bubble transfer to a “mission,” saying they’d only know how difficult the mission was and whether they were successful by evening. “Safety first,” he continued, referring to the PPE suit.

Chahal’s wife, Dhanashree, and SunRisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) Jonny Bairstow joined the RCB duo on the field.

Why was Bairstow on the same flight as him? Because, during COVID-19, flight-pooling appeared to be the safest option, given that both the Indian and English teams stayed in the same bubble throughout the series, which ended on Sunday.

India had a flawless performance against England, winning all three series against them (Tests, T20Is, and ODIs).

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) take on the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL’s first match in Chennai. The game begins at 7.30 p.m. SunRisers Hyderabad, on the other hand, will kick off their season on April 11 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

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