Ramji Srinivasan has worked closely with MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super King and the Indian Cricket Team in the past and the former trainer still believes that MSD has the reflex as fast as that of a racing car driver.
Srinivasan, who is currently working with Narain Karthikeyan, in an exclusive interview with ANI, has said that for MS Dhoni, it is just a matter of warming up and getting into the groove than reflexes. Giving an example of the stumping that MS Dhoni affected off Prithvi Shaw in the last game, the former Indian trainer said that Dhoni has a reflex time of a mere 0.32 seconds, which is as good as it gets on a cricket field.
“Did you see him stumping Prithvi Shaw? That is what comes with reflex. He has a reflex of .32 seconds which is top quality. Some of the racing drivers around the world have the same timing if you calculate. The range for top athletes is .30 sec to .45 sec. The lesser the better. The elite racers will be below the .30 sec mark,” Ramji Srinivasan said.
‘Knowing MS Dhoni, he will do that the moment he sees the need to improve further’- Ramji Srinivasan
Asked if players can specifically work on their reflects, Ramji Srinivasan said that there are specific exercises that can help an athlete to improve his reflexes.
“You have exercises which help you improve your reflexes. Just like you work on your fitness, you can also work on your reflexes. There are specific exercises that help you do that and knowing MS, he will do that the moment he sees the need to improve further,” he said.
“After all, cricket is more about reflex and hand-eye coordination than physicality. There are four modes — proactive, reactive, reflex, and multi-tasking and peripheral awareness,” he pointed.
MS Dhoni, during the post-match interview after CSK’s defeat to Rajasthan Royals, had himself mentioned how it is about getting into the groove after a six-month hiatus due to Covid-induced lockdown.
“I haven’t batted for a long time. 14-day quarantine doesn’t help,” he had said when asked about pushing himself down the order.