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Dinesh Karthik has opined the side effects of lockdown on cricketers. The players have not played a competitive match since March while Karthik last played a game in February. He was set to feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL), but the ongoing coronavirus has led the postponement of the T20 league. So, being out of action for an extended period, Karthik said that he would have to work hard on his body to get back in the field.
Karthik last played for Team India in the World Cup 2019. He has lost his spot in the team though he regularly plays domestic cricket. The Karnataka skipper led the team to the final of Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in the last season. The IPL 2020 was a crucial platform for him to make the place in the T20 World 2020 squad. However, the outbreak of the COVID-19 has halted all the events.
Completely in zombie mode: Dinesh Karthik
Since the beginning of the lockdown, Dinesh Karthik has been in the home and has been not doing much practice. He said that his body had been completely in zombie mode and he needs a minimum of four weeks to get back to the old form. Although BCCI has not officially resumed training sessions, the lockdown ease has given a chance to players to practice on their nearby grounds. So, the wicket-keeper batsman has begun training in Chennai.
“I think the transition will be very tough. I think at least a minimum of four weeks, you need to start slowly, first it will be quality and then slowly increase the quantity and then the intensity,” Karthik was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“Right now the lockdown has eased a lot in Chennai, so you can get permission and go and practice, so I am planning to do that but I will do it gradually … the body has been completely in zombie mode, with me sitting at home and not doing much.”
Meanwhile, BCCI is planning to resume cricket activities as the lockdown further eases. Reportedly, the board is also planning to organize the IPL 2020 in October and November if ICC T20 World Cup gets postponed.