Team India to follow four-phased training module: Details here
India's fielding coach R Sridhar, on Tuesday, said a four-phased training module is being prepared for the resumption of Indian cricket. With the training lasting four to six weeks, the cricketers will be primed to attain maximum match fitness. The 49-year-old also spoke on how the elite Indian cricketers will train to get ready for the upcoming international season. Here is more.
The training module will be divided into four phases: low volume-low intensity, moderate volume-low intensity, high volume-moderate intensity and high volume-high intensity training. Initially, the fast bowlers will likely bowl two overs from half or quarter run-up. The deliveries will be bowled at 20 or 30 per cent intensity. And, the intensity will increase with each phase.
The batsmen will start with five to six minutes of batting against moderate pace bowling. For catchers, the training will begin with semi-soft balls, having slow intensity and less volume. Notably, the fourth week will see players graduating to match-intensity training. Post that, the players will be all set to enter the zone where they could play an international.
"Once we get a date from the BCCI and approved by the Government of India, we can start from scratch. The challenge is to proceed in right phases as players can get excited when they play after 14 or 15 weeks," said Sridhar.
Reportedly, the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) is aiming to organize a fitness camp for contracted cricketers in the second half of June. The BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal recently stated the board may plan to conduct the camps after the government allowed certain relaxations. He added all developments are being monitored closely in a bid to resume the sport.
Sridhar revealed the players will not attend regular training sessions in the low volume-low intensity training. "We can't do same training every day as we start. Once we get to the fourth week when high volume-high intensity training starts, the hands will get used to hard balls coming at 140km an hour, 130km an hour, that's when match-training will start," he said.
Presently, the centrally contracted players are following a fitness regime given to them by senior Indian team's Strength and Conditioning coach Nick Webb. "Each player is being taken care of in terms of where they are, what equipment they have. Fitness programs are being monitored every week by head Strength and Conditioning coach Nick Webb, and team at NCA as well," concluded Sridhar.
Sridhar described how the training regime will be improvised with each phase. The coaching staff will incorporate several drills and external props for training purpose. Reaction drills and deviation methods are also among the potential "innovations".