Saini ready for IPL with new 8-pack abs look
Indian pacer Navdeep Saini is all ready to catch a flight to the United Arab Emirates to participate in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL). At the moment he is considered to be the most promising fast bowler of the new generation in Indian cricket.
He is also one of the fastest fast bowlers in the country. He’s already packed the bag. Now he’saiting to get a plane ticket in hand. After staying at home for the last four months, the young pacer of Royal Challengers Bangalore is no longer tired.
Navdeep did not waste time sitting at home though. Captain Virat Kohli’s directive was to increase strength. Navdeep followed the captain’s instructions word for word. The sleek-looking pacer appeared with an ‘eight pack’. He has changed his eating habits in the last five months. He eats less oil, spices and eats more protein foods. He’s also increased training time. He’s done gym for about three hours. He spends two hours bowling.
How is this change possible for Indian fast bowlers? “I got 11 wickets in the IPL last time,” Navdeep told Anandabazar on Monday. “That’s when Kohli said, ‘You have to get more wickets next year. You have to increase your strength with the speed of the ball.’ So that even if they see me, the batsmen are scared.”
“I have tried to follow the instructions of Kohli. The five months I got, I spent myself in the gym. There is a friend’s gym next door. They just kept it open for me. I got the result of training for three hours a day.”
Not only training, the Indian fast bowler also had to change his diet. “I am the son of Haryana,” he said. “I can’t think of anything to eat except oil and spices. But now my diet is completely different. Protein levels have increased in the diet. I will not divulge what I am eating. But keep in mind, butter chicken, chole-bhature are all off for now.”
The inspiration to create this brawny look is certainly his captain. Virat himself posted a video of his training on social media. Seeing this, Navdeep’s response was, “When the captain is so fit, we have to walk that path. Even as a batsman, he does not shy away from weight training. We are pace bowlers. We have to get stronger. The captain always says there is no compromise with fitness. That advice stuck in my mind.”
Navdeep regrets not having IPL in India this time. You will not find the environment of Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore in Dubai or Abu Dhabi. On the one hand he is happy that cricket has started. Again, there are concerns about the character of UAE’s pitch.
In Navdeep’s words, “I heard it will be very hot in the desert. The pitch does not have much moisture. The pitch there helps the batsmen more. Bowling on such a pitch is a big test for any bowler.
“It takes a lot of diversity to succeed in such an environment or pitch. Even if you bowl at length, the batsman will get runs effortlessly. In addition to the ball at speed, the slower ball (the ball that is used at a relatively low speed to deceive the batsman) should try to confuse the batsman in a successful mix.”