Rajasthan Royals’ players are working on fitness schedule: Royals’ fielding coach opened up on players’ preparation from home.
The growing tension around the novel COVID-19 pandemic has affected many cricket tournaments around the world including the 13th season of the Indian Premier League which was originally scheduled to begin on March 29.
The global crisis, which has duly affected all the sectors financially, hasn’t left behind the sporting sector. For an industry which primarily relies on live events, losses were pretty much inevitable.
As far as IPL 2020 is concerned, no change in the situation has invited bountiful speculations regarding the start date of the tournament.
The same has left players in limbo regarding their preparation for the cash-rich league. Overseas players, who have national duties to serve as well, are particularly confused for they don’t know when the tournament will begin. It was due to the same reason why Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes opened up on keeping his fitness routine intact at home.
“I still have to build up and get myself physically in a position that if it does happen, I’m good to go, because I can’t just take three weeks off and expect everything body-wise to get going again for April 20,” Stokes was quoted as saying by BBC Radio 5live last week.
Rajasthan Royals’ players are working on fitness schedule
In another interesting development, Rajasthan fielding coach Dishant Yagnik disclosed that their players around the world are working on a fitness schedule despite being at home.
“Players are working on a fitness schedule designed for them by the Royals’ support staff. These days I am doing body weight exercises that include squats, static strides, push-ups, pull-ups, burpees, crunches and explosive core workout, all at home,” Yagnik was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
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Yagnik, 36, was roped in as a fielding coach by Royals ahead of IPL 2018. It is worth mentioning that the southpaw had represented them in 27 matches from 2011-2014; scoring 176 runs in 19 innings at an average of 14.67 and a strike rate of 123.08.