“Sachin, Dhoni, Viru used to….” India’s 2011 World Cup Winning Team Fitness Coach Gave Fitness Mantra For Current Players

The players of the Indian cricket team have been facing fitness problems for a long time. Every type of player has been facing injuries, from the specialist all-rounder to the fittest bowlers. And because of injuries, players have been resting from the major tournaments like; ICC T20 World Cup or Asia Cup etc.

Earlier, many players have featured in all the formats of cricket at a time, but in recent times very few players are playing all three formats, and the reason behind this is ‘workload management’; looking at this constant breakdown, BCCI decided to give rest to main players in some of the IPL matches and going to implement DEXA and YO-YO test before selection.

Looking at these issues, former India’s strength and conditioning coach Ramji Srinivasan explained current injury concerns, workload management, and many more things for an Indian cricket team. Ramji served the Indian team as the strength and conditioning coach during the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2011.

“See, there are a lot of factors involving why injuries happen. We need to address four main factors in a holistic way biological, physical, psychological, and socio-cultural. A lot of pointers come under these four parameters. Coming back to injuries, there are many facets to them. When did these injuries start to happen? Mass-scale ones involve fast bowlers, a wicketkeeper or spin bowlers. We need to ask where did it start and why did it start. What triggered this tsunami of injuries is what we need to ask. The source of the injury. How come everyone is becoming injured, which never used to happen before,” explained Ramji to the media.

Giving an example of the different player’s strategies of the player who had played in the 2011 World Cup. It’s all his duty to explain everything to the players.

“Virat Kohli to Suresh Raina, everybody used to grill me. From Sachin to Gauti to Dhoni to Viru, everybody. I must explain to them; if I don’t know, I don’t know. We must understand that cricket is a team game, not an individual one. So synergy has to be there, and mindset has to be common. It’s not going to be one player I am going to make fit. Synergy has to be among all players so that they embark on the journey and one compliments the other. So that is true fitness for a team,” Ramji explained different player’s strategies.

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