Former Indian pacer and the bowling coach of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Laxmipathy Balaji has opened up on MS Dhoni’s training regime. Balaji has also shed light on CSK’s preparations for this year’s IPL. The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 was scheduled to start from March 29 this year. But, with the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, BCCI decided to postpone it until April 15.
For the same, the majority of the CSK squad had reached Chennai almost a month ago and the preparations for this season had started. But the coronavirus pandemic grew rapidly in India as a result of which, the tournament had to be postponed and the training camps had to be called off.
Laxmipathy Balaji said MS Dhoni prepared for IPL 2020 with the same intensity that he has had over the years.
Laxmipathy Balaji Opens Up On MS Dhoni’s Training Regime
“MS Dhoni was looking good, fit. He focussed on training just like he always does and was as normal as he has always been. He trained like the way he did last year or 2 years ago. There is nothing that changes when it comes to his preparation. His routine, his mindset, everything is the same,” Laxmipathy Balaji said.
“Dhoni was focussed on getting ready for the IPL. He is that kind of a person who always takes it one moment at a time,” he added.
Players Were Looking Forward To The Season: Laxmipathy Balaji
Shedding light on the CSK training camp that was called off after the Covid-19 pandemic, L Balaji said the players ticked all the boxes when it came to preparation in the lead up to IPL 2020.
“We had 2 wonderful camps. We had a conditioning camp in February. And another in March where close to 10 players were there. We did good work, focussed on fitness drills, specific techniques. We ticked all the boxes,” he said.
“The players were looking forward to the season. We had a very good camp but unfortunately it had to be paused or halted. It was necessary to do this,” Balaji said.