Ajinkya Rahane, the vice-captain of the India’s test team, has also joined the bandwagon. The Indian Test batting spearhead feels that cricketers will need at least three to four weeks of intense practice before playing any kind of competitive game.
“We would be needing three to four weeks of proper practice before playing any kind of competitive game (domestic or international),” Ajinkya Rahane, who has been named as the brand ambassador of ELSA (English Language Speech Assistant) app, said during an online press conference.
Rahane revealed that he is missing his batting but also added that cricket should only resume once we get a vaccine to fight the deadly contagion.
“I am missing my batting. But obviously, cricket should only start when we get a vaccine to fight the virus,” he asserted.
The Indian vice-captain is currently focussed on keeping himself fit and is rigorously following the chart given to him by the trainer of the national side.
“I am following the chart given by our trainer. I am also doing ‘free weights’ at home apart from meditation,” Rahane said.
Handshakes may be replaced by ‘Namaste’- Ajinkya Rahane
A lot of things are expected to change in the post-corona world and Rahane admitted that players might avoid doing group hugs after the fall of a wicket while also reckoning that handshakes may well be replaced by a ‘Namaste’.
“I think we might go back to the good old days when fielders would still stand in their designated positions after the fall of a wicket and clap. Maybe handshakes will be replaced by a ‘Namaste’,” Ajinkya Rahane predicted.
“But once sport resumes, you can’t take anything for granted. The safety of fans will be of utmost importance. There will be changes in lifestyle while traveling. Especially before and after the match,” Rahane said.
Earlier, Rahane’s teammate Rohit Sharma had also said that it will take at least one and half month for batsmen to hit the sweet spot of their bar besides voicing the need for having a rigorous training session before international cricket resumes.