A cricket coach’s fitness suggestions

Fitness is central to sport. Cricket coach Subramanian Doraiswamy sets out simple fitness regimes that are recommended for cricketers of tomorrow.

He has been on the cricketing circuit for as long as he can remember, and like most Indians D Subramanian started off in a spacious ground in the Chedda Nagar neighborhood in Mumbai. The new-age cricket coach explains the importance of the fitness regimes he imposes on the trainees in his academy.

Pulling your socks up during ‘Rest’

When a cricket season ends is when the fitness regime starts. The time up to the start of the new season is essential for players to prepare right. It is important to associate with certified trainers (like Chandan Phansekar in his academy) to be on the right path to cricket fitness.

The right exercises

For young cricketers, body weight exercises are essential. These are not the body-building exercises but those which help the players improve their flexibility, stamina and endurance. These exercises are beneficial for those who take the game seriously and want to invest their best in the game.

Core exercises key

Along with running, including sprinting, the exercises in the fitness regime must help develop a strong core so the player can face the rigours of the game. A cricketer needs to be quick, agile, and have ample strength, especially in his legs and shoulders.

Fitness starts early

Many suggest that 10-year-old cricketers do not need fitness regimes but Subramanian believes the contrary. “It is important for kids to start a fitness regime, at an early age,” he says. This he believes would enhance their physical capabilities and help them understand the importance of fitness in a much better way.

Food for thought

Subramanian also stresses the importance of a diet in the life of a cricketer. He insists that players don't go for the 'Cheat Diet' more than once or twice during a week. He lays down the importance of eating healthy, especially homemade food. He recommends a basic diet plan, which consists of healthy gluten-free breakfast and lunch, full of fruits, dry fruits, carbs and proteins. He also suggests that players have their dinner early and take to bed by 10.30 p.m. every night.

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