Ashish Nehra Explains How Lockdown Will Affect Indian Pacers' Fitness

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Ashish Nehra Explains How Lockdown Will Affect Indian Pacers’ Fitness 

Ashish Nehra Explains How Lockdown Will Affect Indian Pacers’ Fitness
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Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra believes that the lockdown because of coronavirus will create a hurdle for bowlers more than the batsman. Being a fast bowler, he explained the difficulties a speedster will have to face in the time of no cricket.

With the deadly virus spreading at rapid speed around the world, there is no way to start cricket because of the pandemic which has taken the lives of over 65,600 people worldwide.

It has been almost a month since the cricketers have played a match. The gyms and other training centres have been closed to curb the spread of the virus. In such a situation, Nehra believes that it will be difficult for the players especially to remain fit.

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“Let’s consider a few situations. Even if the lockdown ends on April 15, it will take a lot of time for social life to become normal,” Ashish Nehra told PTI during an interaction.

“If you ask me, I am not expecting any cricketing activity before July. So this is a long break but once the action starts fast bowlers have the biggest challenge to remain fit,” he added.

“Lack of running time for fast bowlers is an issue. Now the situation is unavoidable. So whoever at least has a garden with say 15 meters or 20 meters space, they should do a shuttle run thrice a week unless they are allowed to train at grounds,” Ashish Nehra maintained.

Ashish Nehra says batsmen will not get affected much:

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Further, he said that batsman will not get much affected by the breakdown as with exercise, they can maintain their health.

“You can do as much of yoga or free weights, fast bowler’s life is nothing without good running time. There is a lot of difference with batsmen,” said Nehra.

Indian Premier League, which was earlier set to start from 29th March, has now been postponed till 15th April. However, BCCI mulls of other options if it gets more delayed because of the spread of COVID-19.

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