What can cricket players do to improve their game during this temporary break?
MUMBAI: Without probable cricket action in the foreseeable future due to the pandemic, the circumstances resemble the old days when international cricket was played with intermittent gaps.
Players were kept busy with different activities, including practicing different types of sports, to keep their focus and stay in shape. the COVID-19 However, it has not granted contemporary cricketers any freedom as they are hidden in their nests.
TOI spoke to some past masters to understand how the current crop of cricket players can use their time outside of the game.
ERAPALLI PRASANNA: Evidence: 49; International career: 1962-78
chanduedge:evidence:55; International career: 1958-69
Back then there wasn't much international cricket, but there was a lot of domestic cricket. Being from the West Zone, he used to have quite a few games to play. Now, with such a long gap, today's cricketers must look for other sports. They will have the basic foundation and skill. All they will need is a little tuning. Playing all the time, they were used to pressing. But now, when they start again, they will be under some mental pressure. I think that he BCCI It will host a few practice sessions and friendly games to help players regain their feel and touch. Even club matches will do. Regaining his form would be a challenge. To regain that confidence, you need performance.
DILIP VENGSARKAR: Evidence: 116; ODI: 129; International career: 1976-1992
We used to play a lot of home cricket back then. That allowed us to face world-class spinners in domestic cricket. Due to this factor, we had no problem playing any spinner in international cricket. Today, you even see people like Moeen Ali running around the Indian team. This break could allow/force India's top stars to play national cricket. Even local tournaments can regain their importance.
EX-SOUTH AFRICA SKIPPER DR ALI BACHER : Tests: 12; International career: 1965-70
World War I took place between 1914 and 1918 and world cricket resumed after 1918. In 1938, Len Hutton He scored 364 and had the highest score in the history of the cricket test. The Second World War took place between 1939 and 1945 and for six years no international cricket was played and there was very little national cricket.
Once again, the game survived and international cricket has been played from the second half of the 1940s until today.
According to all reports, this pandemic will last between 18 and 24 months and I am confident that international cricket will return to normal after this period. All international players within a country should be encouraged to play in their national competitions. In the early 1970s, when SA Cricket began his period of isolation, all of our Springboks played for their provinces: Mike Procter and Barry Richards for Natal, the Pollock brothers for Eastern Province and I found that domestic competition was as tough and as competitive as any Test match I ever played in.