Pacer Shardul Thakur on Saturday grew to become the primary India cricketer to renew outside coaching after a two-month coronavirus-forced break. Thakur, who has featured in a single Take a look at, 11 ODIs and 15 T20s, hit an area floor at Boisar in Maharashtra’s Palghar district together with some home gamers. The Maharashtra authorities has allowed opening of stadiums for particular person coaching in inexperienced and orange zones with out spectators. This was after the house ministry supplied rest in restrictions for the fourth section of the lockdown until Could 31.
“Yes, we practised today. It was good and definitely pleasing to practice after two months,” Thakur instructed PTI.
An official mentioned that the Palghar Dahanu Taluka Sports activities Affiliation began the online periods at Boisar, which is round 110 kms away from Mumbai.
Strict security protocols had been adopted, with every bowler getting his personal set of disinfected balls.
“All the safety measures were followed. The bowlers got their own balls which were disinfected and temperatures of the players who came for practise were also checked,” the official mentioned.
Mumbai batsman Hardik Tamore, who made his Ranji debut for the home giants final season, was additionally seen coaching on the similar floor.
“Once the guidelines from the Palghar District collector (state government) was issued concerning sports, it was always the aim to begin training process,” Mumbai Cricket Affiliation, Council member Ajinkya Naik mentioned.
“Due to our fantastic facility in Palghar district, we were able to facilitate much-needed training program to our esteemed players while adhering to social distancing norms and hygiene,” he added.
All sporting motion within the nation has been halted since March 25, when the primary nationwide lockdown, to stem the unfold of the coronavirus outbreak, was introduced by the central authorities.
Prime cricketers like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who’ve resorted to dwelling exercises to maintain themselves match throughout the lockdown, are nonetheless ready to renew particular person coaching.
Solely India pacer Mohammed Shami has been capable of prepare exterior, in his personal farm land.
On Thursday, England’s Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes grew to become the primary set of cricketers to return to particular person coaching at their native county grounds.