At present, amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, cricket players are either isolating at their homes or spending quarantine without any physical activity. Deprived of physical movement and no cricket for so long might have troubled their fitness levels. Consequently, they can not step in the ground at the international level straight.
Dinesh Karthik on players’ training before stepping in the ground, ‘Body has been in the Zombie mode’
Dinesh Karthik, the Indian cricketer, thinks that almost four weeks of training camp sessions would be required to get players’ fitness levels back to normal before stepping into the international level.
“I think the transition will be very tough. I think at least a minimum of four weeks, you need to start slowly, first, it will be quality and then slowly increase the quantity and then the intensity. Right now the lockdown has eased a lot in Chennai, so you can get permission and go and practice, so I am planning to do that but I will do it gradually … the body has been completely in zombie mode, with me sitting at home and not doing much,” he said while speaking to ESPNCricinfo.
The Indian players were supposed to play the Indian Premier League (IPL) but the league has been postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. It first got scheduled for April-May rather than 29th March but the extension in the lockdown by Modi’s government has postponed the league until further notice. Moreover, India’s tour of South Africa has also been delayed. In July, Sri Lanka Cricket Board and India Cricket Board are scheduled to play three-ODI match and three T20 matches at the Island country that can be delayed keeping the Coronavirus situation under consideration.
Dinesh Karthik last played for India last year in World Cup