In the unprecedented COVID circumstances, where masks and social distancing have become the new normal, the players and support staff are following the strict protocols in place in the UAE in the bio-secure bubbles and trying to avoid unnecessary close contact.
In a display of social distancing protocols being followed, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma caught up with Kolkata Knight Riders spinner Kuldeep Yadav and assistant coach Abhishek Nayar during a net session in Abu Dhabi.
The players were seen interacting with each other at ease but from a safe distance, separated by barricades.
Rohit was heard reminding the others about social distancing, telling Abhishek “iske aage matt aana” (do not come ahead of this) before their conversation began.
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Both MI and KKR have their respective team setups in Abu Dhabi and are currently undergoing rigorous training sessions.
MI are scheduled to take on Chennai Super Kings in the season opener on September 19, while KKR play their first match of the season against the defending champions on September 23.
The IPL this year will be played at three venues — Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, in the UAE.