Necessity is the mother of invention. For players of the eight franchises in the UAE for IPL 2020, that is the mantra as they look to stay fit.
The cricketers are in quarantine as they wait to clear the Covid-19 tests before being allowed to begin team training. But in the meantime, they still have to stay in shape.
Most players have been working out from the confines of their rooms. Rajasthan Royals player Manan Vohra was even seen substituting a suitcase for weights during his workout.
Mumbai Indians' Rohit Sharma, Chennai Super Kings' Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja have posted videos of their workout sessions from their hotel rooms.
While fitness is the main focus of the players for now, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has urged everyone involved to also ensure the bio-security of the league as a single breach could jeopardise the tournament.
“I would expect everyone to be on the same page in terms of securing the bubble at all times, and making sure that nothing is compromised," Kohli told his team members during a meeting via Zoom.
“One mistake from anyone of us could literally spoil the whole tournament, and none of us would want to do that."