Siddarth Kaul on the balcony of his resort room in Dubai
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Dubai: Amid rising COVID-19 instances in India and the following shifting of Indian Premier League (IPL) to Dubai this yr, one participant from the Sunrisers Hyderabad is de facto glad.

Proper-arm medium pacer Siddarth Kaul mentioned he feels protected as a cricketer to be taking part in in Dubai, a metropolis that has carried out a lot to maintain its residents, residents and guests protected in opposition to the virus.

Sunrisers are an IPL franchise crew based mostly in Hyderabad, Telangana. The franchise are owned by Kalanithi Maran of the Solar TV Community and was based in 2012 after the Hyderabad-based Deccan Chargers had been terminated by the IPL.

“The UAE has carried out a lot for its individuals when it comes to containing the unfold of the virus — whether or not it’s conducting common COVID-19 exams or laying down stringent guidelines and rules,” mentioned Kaul.

Kaul, 30, who has been with different IPL groups similar to Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders, mentioned the cricketers are being taken care of rather well. “We’re staying in a bubble and I’m actually glad the best way we’re being taken care of on the resort. Being within the bubble has been good for us as we now have a duty to the crew, the sport of cricket and our followers. We’re all respecting this.” He and his crew have put up on the Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler Siddarth Kaul together with his household.
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Kaul — who began his cricketing profession in 1996 beneath the affect of his father, Dr. Tej Kaul, a former physiotherapist for the nationwide Indian cricket crew — mentioned the UAE was the appropriate option to host the IPL because it is among the most secure locations on the planet to be in amid a pandemic. “Internationally, there’s a entire lot of religion within the UAE with regards to its values and practices to protects its individuals and guests into the nation in opposition to the coronavirus.”

Kaul mentioned Sunrisers will not be allowed to exit of their rooms except they’re assembly co-players in a crew room, following strict social distancing guidelines. There’s a devoted recreation room with indoor board video games. A part of a personal seashore has been cordoned off for the crew’s use. “In addition to, all of us meet on the floor for apply periods,” he mentioned.

Favorite hotspots in Dubai

Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates are Kaul’s favorite locations to go to when in Dubai. “I’ve made a number of visits to Dubai and these two are my hotspots. I’ve shopped in these malls a lot of instances.”

The story behind his headband?

“A guru who I like, and one who taught me many issues in life, instructed me that I ought to put on this. So I began sporting it and it began getting fortunate for me. I began in home cricket with a white band. It clicked, after which he instructed me I ought to put on a crimson band,” mentioned Kaul.

The cricketer mentioned he’s not a fussy eater. However with regards to his favorite dish, he mentioned it’s his mom’s home-cooked meal that goes down greatest for him. “I miss her rajma chaval and rogan josh or rogan gosht — an fragrant curried meat dish. My father is Punjabi and mom is Kashmiri and her biryani is the perfect that I’ve eaten. Having mentioned that, I’m having fun with the meals on the resort right here too. I’m not one to complain about meals. I feel individuals typically ought to be pleased about their meal day-after-day. I’m too. If there’s a little salt lacking, I don’t actually discover it a lot.”

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Kaul works out throughout a coaching session.
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“I can not look forward to the event to start. I do know I’ll do properly,” mentioned a assured Kaul.

The bio-secure IPL begins on September 19. Defending champions Mumbai Indians will face Chennai Tremendous Kings within the opening match of the T20 occasion in Abu Dhabi at 6pm.

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