Former India pacer Ashish Nehra believes that the ongoing lockdown will take a big toll on fast-bowlers. Sporting activities including cricket is currently suspended all across the world in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Team India have not played any game since the end of the New Zealand tour last month.
The three-match ODI series against South Africa had to be called off in the wake of the outbreak. BCCI then suspended the IPL too till mid-April. Given the present conditions, it is nearly impossible that any action will resume any time soon. India is currently under a mandatory 21-day lockdown.
Due to the pandemic, the players have no option but to stay indoors. Consequently, they are also not managing to train well and Ashish Nehra believes that it might cause problems for the bowlers. The ex-India pacer has said that the pacers are facing the biggest challenge to stay fit during this period.
“Let’s consider a few situations. Even if the lockdown ends on April 15, it will take a lot of time for social life to become normal.
“If you ask me, I am not expecting any cricketing activity before July. So this is a long break but once action starts fast bowlers have the biggest challenge to remain fit,” Ashish Nehra was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
Ashish Nehra said that lack of running would be an issue for the fast-bowlers and advised them to try and do shuttle run. Shuttle run comprises short strides between 20 to 40 metres where players run between points A and B.
“Lack of running time for fast bowlers is an issue. Now the situation is unavoidable. So whoever at least has a garden with say 15 metres or 20 metres space, they should do shuttle run thrice a week unless they are allowed to train at grounds,” said Ashish Nehra.
“You can do as much of yoga or free weights, fast bowler’s life is nothing without good running time. There is a lot of difference with batsmen,” he added.