Kohli worries about Tour 'bubble' toll

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India cricket captain Virat Kohli has warned against the mental toll on players spending long periods in biosecure bubbles.

The Indian cricket captain, who is due to play six-short form internationals and a Test series against Australia once the IPL is completed in Abu Dhabi, says the mental tax on players should be considered when the length of tours are determined.

"These things will have to be considered," Kohli told RCB TV ahead of their eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi.

"Like, what length of the tournament or series one is going to play, and what impact it will have on players mentally, to stay in a similar environment for 80 days and not getting to do anything different."

Kohli said he and his Bangalore teammates enjoyed the time together in the bubble but conceded repetitiveness was an issue.

"These things have to be seriously thought about," said Kohli, who celebrated his 32nd birthday on Thursday inside the bubble.

"At the end of the day, you want the players to be in the best state mentally and physically. Mentally it can be taxing if this continues for this long a period."

Playing within bubbles has become the new normal for teams since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the game in March.

Kohli has spent the last two-and-half months in a bubble in the United Arab Emirates, where he is leading Royal Challengers Bangalore's bid for their first IPL title.