Indian cricketers given customised fitness routines after 21-day lockdown
With all the cricketing activities stopped all over the world due to the coronavirus outbreak, the players are struggling to go to the training facilities and it might cause a drastic change in their fitness. But Indian cricket team’s strength and conditioning coach Nick Webb in consultation with physio Nitin Patel has devised indoor workout routines for each of their players to ensure they remain in top shape.
Virat Kohli and his men last played an ODI against South Africa which eventually got abandoned due to rain in the end. The rest of the series then got postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“All the players, irrespective of whether they play red-ball cricket or white-ball cricket or all formats have been given fitness routines which they are to follow and give updates to Webb and Patel from time to time.”
“The routines have been created keeping in mind the demands of the players. So, for example, a bowler will has been given exercises which work to make his core and lower body strong. Similarly, a batsman has been given exercises which also work on his shoulders and wrists,” the coach said.
Nitin Patel also explained how the customized fitness routine will take place with an example where he mentioned the Indian captain.
“So, for example, someone like a Kohli loves to train with weights as well. So, his routine would have weights involved like the clean and jerk and deadlifts and other exercises. While another player might be more comfortable doing free-hand exercises, so in that case, he has been given more free weight functional training options,” he concluded.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced complete lockdown of the country for the next 21 days in order to fight against the spread of the threatening coronavirus.