Age-Group Cricketers Under Lockdown: Strengthening Body and Mind
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This article was written for and published for TheCitizen.in on June 18, 2020. Read the full article here: https://www.thecitizen.in/index.php/en/NewsDetail/index/11/18906/Age-Group-Cricketers-Under-Lockdown-Strengthening-Body-and-Mind
The Indian Premier League was just round the corner when the lockdown hit: cricket’s centre stage, where the world’s finest compete against some of the best Indian players, and beside them. The IPL gives so many raw, domestic players an almost international platform. It’s a cocktail like none other.
To accommodate the extravaganza, the domestic cricket season is always set accordingly, and it was already done and dusted when the lockdown began. Barring the few uncapped and/or age-group level players who were to feature in the IPL, most domestic players had already hit their off-season routines.
Off-season is a crucial time for a cricketer, more so for young upcoming players. The high density of matches played during the season doesn’t leave them much time to hone specific skills, and the off-season provides this window, as well as the chance to test their skills in match-ups, as an array of local club tournaments are organised countrywide. It improves your chances of a better performance next season.
We interviewed some upcoming players who represent their states in the age-group level national tournaments organised each year by the BCCI, to find out how they’ve been dealing with the lockdown...
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