With the coronavirus-enforced lockdown, regular practice and training activities for players has taken a backseat, though many players are maintaining their fitness level at home through daily workouts. Veteran India wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik feels the transition period will be difficult for the players as cricket is gradually set to resume.
England cricketers have resumed their individual training under special provisions. The West Indies are set to join by June 8. Contracted Australian cricketers and state players will resume training as Darwin & District one-day season has resumed from June 6.
Dinesh Karthik: transition will be tough, it will need four weeks to gain match fitness
Dinesh Karthik said players will have to start training slowly, as the transition will be very tough, and will need at least four weeks to regain match fitness. Karthik also said that, as the lockdown has been eased in Chennai, he is gradually looking to resume training after his body was completely put on ‘zombie mode’.
“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,” Karthik was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“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.”
Karthik made his last appearance in competitive cricket in Ranji trophy for Tamil Nadu against Baroda, where he scored 49 runs.