Dubai: It is tough for any person to remain isolated from the outside world. During these difficult times due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, IPL cricketers have to undergo mandatory six-day quarantine in the UAE and have to remain in a bio-bubble for the entire duration of the tournament, for over two months.

IPL 2020 will be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10. The cash-rich league was moved out of India due to the pandemic. Now, sharing his experience of staying in a bio-secure environment, Delhi Capitals’ (DC) batsman Shikhar Dhawan has likened it to Bigg Boss reality show house.

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“Nice to test our mental strength. It is almost like Bigg Boss. It (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. It totally depends on how a person talks to himself; you can be your best friend or you can be a victim,” Dhawan told Hindustan Times newspaper.

“You can have 10 people who are positive around you, but if you are not your friend, no one can help. We don’t have any outlet. I enjoy going to a restaurant, seeing people. So, how are people going to take it? This IPL it’s going to matter a lot. If people are not performing well, how do they take it? They have to stay with the same people, in the hotel only, in the same space. I am sure it’s going to have a huge impact on everyone,” the left-handed batsman added.

IPL 2020 opens this Saturday with holders Mumbai Indians (MI) taking on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Abu Dhabi. Delhi’s opening game is against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Sunday (September 20) in Dubai.