Former indian fast bowler Ashish nehra Believes that not running for more than three months in a row can be a hindrance in the fitness of fast bowlers. Batsmen can keep themselves fit with yoga and training, but these will not be enough for fast bowlers and they will have to start running soon.
India has undergone a three-week lockdown to deal with the Kovid-19 epidemic and is now in its second week. So far more than 3,000 people have been infected in the country, while more than 70 people have lost their lives. All sports activities have stopped, leading to the top players staying at home and trying to keep themselves fit, while they hope to resume play if conditions return to normal.
Nehra said, “Let’s look at some situations, like if the lockdown ends on April 15, it will take a long time for social life to normalize.” He said, ‘If you ask me, I don’t expect any cricket activity before July. So if it is a long break before the start, it will be the biggest challenge for fast bowlers to stay fit.
Like former Indian physio John Gloster, Nehra too feels that lack of space is a problem for most cricketers and it is more troublesome for fast bowlers. Nehra, who was bowling coach of IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), said, “There is a lack of space for fast bowlers to run.” But these conditions cannot be avoided. So anyone who has a garden from 15 meters to 20 meters, should run (shuttle run) on it thrice a week until they return to training on the field. ‘
Nehra, who has played 164 international matches (17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 27 T20s) for India, said, ‘You can do yoga or’ free weight ‘, there is nothing better than running for fast bowlers. Their practice in this is very different from the batsmen.
But on why fast bowlers need to run in comparison to cycling or swimming, he said, ‘It is not just about heart rate but you have to keep the bowling functions active like hamstrings, glutes, groin and kaf Is necessary. Out of the options of swimming, cycling and running, I would choose to run as a cricketer.
However, he advised the racers on the roof saying, ‘If you are doing Surya Namaskar, it is fine, but if you run or start a’ shuttle run ‘, you will damage your knees and ankles. Therefore, professional players should avoid playing tennis on a hard court in a five-star hotel. These are cement courts. ‘
He is confident that the BCCI or ICC will give players at least a month to prepare as no one can start playing suddenly. Nehra said, ‘Anyone can get hurt. A fast bowler who has less training may be more fit than a more trained one. Such is the case in sports. But yes, I hope they will have grounds for training if the lockdown ends. ‘