After the government relaxed lockdown rules and the sports ministry gave a go-ahead to the resumption of training, several athletes started to train outdoors, however, Indian cricketer KL Rahul said he is excited but in “no hurry” to get back to train on the field.
In the first episode of 2nd season of India Today Inspiration, wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul said though the government as allowed players to train outdoors, the Indian cricket team would like to keep safety as the topmost priority before resuming the practice.
“The government has given the go to start training but we are taking it slow, making sure everything is safe, I think in Banglaore NCA in a couple of weeks things would start off. I am looking forward to it. Having said that, I personally, I am not in such a hurry, we want to make sure that we are safe before everything starts,” KL Rahul said in a virtual interview as the first guest on the 2nd season of the series.
“I have been out of action but like I have kept in touch with my teammates and we have been trying to stay fit and we have done our bit, whatever we can in the limited facilities. I honestly feel like we have become a lot stronger. But being on the field and playing the game need a different kind of fitness. We all understand that. It will take us a couple of weeks or at least 20 days to get back to being international-cricket-fit. We know the BCCI and the NCA have kept in touch with us and checked on us every week, finding out what we doing and how we keeping our health mentally and physically.
On new rules by the ICC for resumption of cricket
The ICC has decided to ban the use of saliva to shine the ball in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Talking about the new changes, the Karnataka batsman said players will need some time to get over the habit of using saliva but they will get over the things soon.
“It is just going to be interesting times, as it is not going to be the same game we played six months ago. It will take some time to get used to the new rules at least for the next 7-8 months. We are all so used to shining the ball with spit, it will be difficult initially but as people, we will get over things and understand the new way. safety or people and the health of people is the top priority. Whatever rules are in place ar thought out and we will follow it but it might be a little uncomfortable and might take some time to get used to it.”
On Covid-19 lockdown
KL Rahul said the Covid-19 lockdown taught people to be grateful for a lot of things that they had been ignoring in their busy lives. The right-hand batsman added that he had been training at home in these times to keep himself fit, both mentally and physically.
“It’s been a really hard couple of months. Everything that is happening around in the country and world has been difficult for all of us. In this, we felt grateful for a lot of things. At least as us as athletes, a lot of us at least had some sort of access to training and even for me, at home, I had set up a decent training option for myself. So I have kept myself busy with training.”
“The thought of resumption is exciting for all of us, we all know it’s interesting and it is not going to be like what it used to at least as soon as it begins. I am excited to begin and just can’t wait to get back on the field and get going.”