With India in the midst of a 21-day lockdown to tackle the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Covid-19, the country’s cricketers are enjoying some rare downtime.
However, with no certainty on when life will return to normalcy, athletes around the world continue to find ways to stay in shape, including paying regular visits to their terrace gardens and using their home gym kits.
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For Virat Kohli and his Indian team, their strength and conditioning coach, Nick Webb, along with team physiotherapist Nitin Patel, has sent across customised workout routines to each member of the team.
“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,” a source in the team management was quoted as saying by The Times of India. “The routines have been created keeping in mind the demands of the players.
“So, for example, a bowler 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.”
Webb and Patel have included all contracted players in their fitness plan, and considerations have been given to players’ personal preferences. “Someone like Kohli loves to train with weights as well,” the source said.
“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.”