Coronavirus pandemic has brought the sporting world to a virtual standstill and with several countries going into complete lockdown, the seems unlikely that the events will resume anytime soon. Also Read - Kevin Pietersen Wants IPL 2020 to Take Place in July-August Window, Says Every Single Player Desperate to Play
The Indian cricket team saw their home ODI series against South Africa this month being called off due to the virus and then the start of the IPL was also suspended till April 15. Also Read - Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar Feature in Wasim Jaffer's All-Time ODI XI
With the government advising citizens to remain indoors, closing down public places including gyms, it’s hard for athletes to continue their training regimen. However, 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. Also Read - IPL 2020: In Constant Touch With Foreign Boards, Says BCCI Official
“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,” IANS quoted a source as saying.
“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 source added.
Further explaining how the regiment will work for each player, the source added, “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.”
On Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced complete lockdown of the country for at least 21 days to fight the spread of deadly COVID-19.
The decision has thrown a spanner in the works as BCCI was hoping to start the IPL by mid-April.
However, reports claim the board is confident of pulling off the T20 league even if it gets started in the first week of May.