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Mr. W V Raman

Dashing left hander batsmen and former ace India opening batsman. Post retirement Raman, has equipped himself with the highest qualifications to coach, is now the coach of the Bengal team and continues to be one of the shrewdest thinkers of the game

I quite often come across situations, especially when it comes to training wherein the trainers and the players don’t quite agree on the training protocol. The players prefer the indoor training sessions for it helps them to avoid the heat and besides, training in a gymnasium is in line with their perception that strength is all important to perform better in cricket. However, to the coach’s discomfort, sometimes the trainers too get swayed by the players’ perception and ignore the other aspects of fitness like speed, agility, cardio and flexibility. Quite obviously all these aspects are required for players performing different functions but the common denominator according to experts is the flexibility. Unfortunately the most important aspect (flexibility) is given the least importance in general at least in the junior and the first class level.

By and large, the trainers are at fault because they somehow seem to think that cricket has become more of a power game, a notion fuelled by the big hitting seen in the T-20 format in recent times and hence they devise programs to develop the muscular power of the players. Here again there seem to miss the point that muscular endurance and power are two different things altogether. Muscular endurance is as important cardio vascular endurance but power is something that is required to execute a shot or shoot in a throw to beat the batsmen. I have seen many players sustain injuries due to some inappropriate training methods and it is apt to mention here that flexibility is critical as it helps immensely in prevention of injuries.

Quite recently I was in a NCA coaching course and there the importance of fitness was stressed and the components that make up fitness were explained. It was a revelation as it made it very obvious to me that some NCA certified trainers were somehow not in sync with the methods recommended by the NCA. In as much as the players need to be aware of what is required to be free from injuries, the trainers have to realize that they have a very crucial role to play in doing their best while devising the training regimen for the players. But in most cases, a terrible confusion seems to prevail and in the end a compromise formula arrived at by the players and the trainer has only served to prevent some players from playing the entire season as a result of injuries.

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