From crashing the World Economy like never before to endangering millions of lives to confining the billions behind the doors, the Covid-19 Pandemic has brought all-sorts of troubles in last couple of months.
The Pandemic has stopped every kind of outdoor activity. People barely are living by the essentials, forgetting any kind of luxury or non-essential activity. The World has not seen any live International Cricket match for the last two months. The respective cricket boards are busy finding new ways to monitor their players’ physical and mental health in this lockdown.
Recently, BCCI introduced a four stage-comprehensive program to keep track of players’ health and fitness through an app. In the plan, BCCI chalked out all the steps to be followed before finally stepping the players on the field. With the Indian Government easing the lockdown restrictions from next week, BCCI might call the players for skill-based training in the local grounds.
In a recent interview with TOI, BCCI Treasurer Arun Dumal said, “When the situation permits, we will begin with skill-based training in local stadiums. We will keep reviewing the program dynamics subject to relaxation in lockdown norms so that when cricket resumes, they can return to the field.”
But it seems like, India’s two best batsman Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma might remain stuck indoors even if BCCI calls for the training outdoors. The Captain and the Vice-captain duo are currently residing at Mumbai, World’s largely affected city from Covid-19 at the moment.
The Covid-19 situation is getting worst each day in the economic capital of India. Almost half of the total cases, in India, have been registered in the Mumbai and there are reports that the lockdown in Mumbai might get extended till May 31. So, there are strong chances that both Virat and Rohit might miss outdoor activities till May 31 at least.
“For players like Kohli and Rohit, the restrictions are there in Mumbai and might stay,” revealed Arun Dhumal.
“As of now, we are working, given the lockdown restrictions, through apps and online modes. The coaches and support staff are regularly in touch with the players. Everybody would be keen to hit the ground and the idea is whenever we are ready for cricket to resume, they (the players) are able to give their 100 per cent,” Dhumal signed off.