You will need at least a month of training before playing any competitive match: Ajinkya Rahane
NEW DELHI: Ajinkya, Indian Vice-Captain of Evidence Rahane On Wednesday he said that cricket players will need at least a month of training before resuming competitive games, which should happen only after a vaccine for the dreaded COVID-19 is discovered.
Rahane also said that in a coronavirus-scarred world, the lifestyle of cricketers will undergo a change as far as pre and post-match routines are concerned.
... we would be needing three to four weeks of proper practice before playing any kind of competitive game (domestic or international), Rahane, who was named brand ambassador of ELSA (English Language Speech Assistant) app, said during an online press conference.
... I'm missing the batting. But obviously, cricket should only start when we get a vaccine to fight the virus, he said.
While the sports ministry is planning a gradual resumption of the national camps in the Olympic disciplines, the BCCI is yet to spell out its plans on cricket. Rahane said he is focussing on his fitness amid the lockdown.
I am following the table given by our coach. I'm also doing 'free weights' at home other than meditation, he said.
He agreed that in the future, players will be wary of the wild celebrations and group hugs they are so used to in the wicket crash.
I think we could go back to the old days when fielders would still hold onto their designated positions after a wicket crash and applause. The handshakes may be replaced by a 'Namaste', the elegant Mumbai right-hander predicted.
But once sport resumes, you can't take anything for granted. The safety of the fans will be of utmost importance. There will be changes in lifestyle while traveling. Especially before and after the match, Rahane said.
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However, he did not commit to whether the use of saliva to make the ball shine should be banned, a matter of debate at this time.
I would like to wait and watch. You will only have a fair idea about the revised rules once the game resumes.
A couple of months back there were discussions about trying Rahane in white ball cricket because of his experience and IPL It would have been a great platform to reaffirm his status as a quality white ball player.
However, with the event postponed indefinitely, Rahane 's chances of a comeback in limited overs certainly got affected.
But the seasoned hitter, who has played 65 tests, 90 ODI and 20 T20I, wants to stay positive.
It's about being positive. I want to do well for my country in all formats. I believe in myself. You never know what the future holds for you.
This lockdown has taught us to be more patient, believe in my routines and I am confident, the end result will be great, Rahane said.