Dom Bess admits that he started ‘hating cricket’ after the India tour
Dominic Bess returned with 5 wickets from only two matches in that series.
Updated - Apr 25, 2021 1:51 pm
England spinner Dom Bess has admitted that he took a break from cricket after the tour of India earlier this year. The young spinner revealed that the pressure of performing while at the same time staying in a bubble got the better off him. The young spinner didn’t have a great run during the series, which added to his concerns. He further said it made him hate the game as well.
Bess announced his arrival in the series with a brilliant four-for in the first innings of the Chennai Test but soon found it difficult to keep his good form going. The young off-spinner was left out after the first match and only came back into the team in the final Test. By then, he lost his form and ended wicketless as his team went down to the hosts 3-1 in the series.
“After India, I had a good break away from it, because I really did start hating cricket. It got too much at times, certainly in that bubble in India. There’s a lot of pressure going on and it was really important for me to come back and get away from it,” Bess told ESPNCricinfo in an interview.
It’s been a tough time really, says Dominic Bess
The young spinner further went on to explain that when a player is doing well in a bubble, then everything is going to go in his favour. However, a couple of poor performances can take a toll on him/her. Bess, who shifted to Yorkshire recently from Somerset also then said that the Indian tour was a good learning curve for him.
“It was nice to get away from it (bio-bubble), because in India, in the bubble, everything was about cricket. It’s fine when you’re going well, but when things aren’t going well it is very tough. But I only see what I had in India as a great positive. It’s been a tough time really, but one hell of a learning curve for me. And in terms of where I see my game, I know what I’ve got to do,” Bess said.
Talking about his chances of coming back into the England Test squad, the 23-year-old said that he just wants to play proper cricket in the next few years. He said that he aims to play for England once again in the near future. He has taken 36 wickets from his 14 Tests so far.