Shardul Thakur’s excessive determination to resume outdoor training fell flat on his face as he is reportedly set to questioned by Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) for the same. The cricket board had immediately shown their concern after Shardul Thakur resumed training without any official permission.
Thakur made full use of the lockdown 4.0 guidelines which re-opened the doors for sports complexes and stadiums across India. He underwent outdoor training at the Palghar Dahanu Taluka Sports Association at Boisar in Mumbai. During the training the right-arm fast bowler was seen bowling to Mumbai U-23 batsman Sairaj Patil and captain Hardik Tamore.
Shardul Thakur and three other cricketers to be questioned by MCA
Shardul Thakur and the three other players who had resumed outdoor training will be questioned by the MCA. According to media reports, action can be taken against the players for initiating training without any official permission.
On his training, Thakur followed the fitness regime given by the national team trainer before bowling five overs at the nets. The Palghar-bowler also said that he has managed to maintain his fitness level in the due course of lockdown.
“Since it was the first day of my training after a long time, I bowled only five overs. I enjoyed the delightful feeling of returning to wear my bowling spikes and return to the ground after such a long time. It was like starting afresh. At home, I was following the fitness routine given my our (Team India) trainer, so I’ve managed to maintain my fitness levels. However, it takes time to settle into your bowling rhythm, as the muscles have to open up. Though I’ve to work on finding my line and length, I’m happy with my session today. It will take time, but I should be getting better in the next few days,” Shardul told Times of India.
“I ensured social distancing was in place as we all maintained a few metres distance from each other. I got my own ball for practice, and so did the other net bowlers. Of course, now you can’t spit on the ground or put saliva on the ball,” he said. “Thankfully, cricket is not a contact sport. I can just bowl my deliveries and go back to my run-up, instead of going near the batsman,” he added.
Meanwhile, in England, Stuart Broad, Chris Woakes and Ben Stokes have returned to their respective individual training session.