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Kohli & Co. sweat it out ahead of England tour

Source: PTI   -  Edited By: Laxmi Negi
Last updated on: May 31, 2021 20:19 IST
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Photograph: Kind courtesy BCCI/Twitter

Virat Kohli and Co. Are serving a spell in quarantine in Mumbai before the team takes off with his team for England on June 2.

While they await for the jumbo tour--consisting of the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand and a five-match Test series against England--they are taking to the gym and their rooms to keep themselves fit.

The hotel quarantine period has been well utilised to address the fitness areas which otherwise goes untouched during a season, team's strength and conditioning (S&C) coach Sohum Desai said on Monday.

Desai along with New Zealand's Nick Webb are the two S&C coaches of the men's team and are in charging of getting the side into peak fitness before the marquee World Test Championship final in Southampton from June 18.

"Nick and I both feel that we have benefitted by the gap we got for the boys to take rest. They have had a long year -- right from last IPL to this," Desai told

Desai said that they had asked all the top India stars to 'rest and take some time off, stay with family and relax' before getting back to training.

The team will depart for United Kingdom on Wednesday night and currently they are slowly building towards the tour with moderate to high intensity training.

"It has taken three weeks to take them through training which ideally they are not able to undertake due to the skills (practice), and matches being constantly there," Desai, the man who has worked tremendously with Mohammed Siraj from his India 'A' days, said.

"Slowly, we started building them towards what they actually need to do and where we feel they need to work out on those aspects during the season. So we filled those folders for them."

Desai was grateful that BCCI arranged for spacious hotel rooms where they could use maximum equipments for weight training during the seven days of hard quarantine.

"We are thankful to BCCI that they gave us this property where there were balcony and outdoor spaces where they were able to move out and work and put good amount of weights in their rooms for them to carry out their training," Desai explained further.

"The idea during those times was to address the areas of their weaknesses and areas which they need to work on. From 7th, 8th and 9th day, there were doing individual training sessions," he informed.

"They (players) just trained alone on their own and it was in the gym, so they had access to treadmills and access to few areas where they could run and do their drills, did some bowling drills," Desai said as the website uploaded a video of pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah rolling his arm over with some 'hitting the spot' bowling.

"I think we have ticked many boxes and we are in very good space right now," Desai concluded.


The BCCI on Monday shared a clip of the team's gym session on Twitter.


Video: Kind courtesy BCCI/Twitter

'Preps in full swing as #TeamIndia sweat it out in the gym ahead of the ICC World Test Championship Final,' the caption read.

The video begins with a slow-motion clip of Indian skipper Kohli entering the gym with an orange theraband. Then enters India's Test mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara. Pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah walked in next. He gave a fist bump to Kohli and wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. The video then showed Ajinkya Rahane on a treadmill followed by a slow-motion capture of Ravindra Jadeja and Pujara running on the treadmill.

The video ended with numerous quick cuts featuring players doing various exercises.

India and New Zealand will lock horns in the finals of WTC at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, beginning June 18.

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