Cricket is making its way to return after the brief period of halt due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. India is still under lockdown, but with the new guidelines paying focus on the economy, it is has imposed a much larger relaxation. The lockdown 4.0 guidelines saw stadium and training facilities allowed to re-open with no crowd and as a result India fast bowler Shardul Thakur took to the nets at Palghar, near Mumbai.
Thakur was however, questioned by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), for resuming training without any official permit. It is now learnt that a few Karnataka players have resumed training at a private facility in Bengaluru.
Robin Uthappa, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron and David Mathias among Karnataka players to have resumed net practice
The New Indian Express reported than the Karnataka State Association have still not opened their facilities. In such circumstances, some of their players are running and doing physical workouts have resumed in Chennai’s MAC Stadium, while a bunch of other cricketers are undergoing net practice at Karnataka Institute of Cricket in Bengaluru.
Robin Uthappa, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron and David Mathias are among the Karnataka players training at the private facility.
“We are excited to come back and practice. It’s a lot quieter than normal, since there are just the few of us.
“We get a lot of time to talk to each other, like I speak to Shreyas about batting,” said David Mathias, who has played 10 games for Karnataka, told The New Indian Express.
“Whatever practice we have had, it has been good. We are giving feedback to each other about our game as well.”
“Things have changed for cricketers due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They have temperature checks at the entrance and have to use hand sanitisers regularly.
Mathias, is reportedly bringing his own set of cricket balls, for the practice as a precautionary measure.