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Team India's Trainer on Dhoni's 'Brute Power,' Kohli's 'Sincerity' and More

Friday, June 21, 2019 • Common Sport News Comments
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India's Strength and Conditioning Coach Shankar Basu has spoken about his experience with all our favourite players while training. Speaking about the various players’ routines, Basu gives us an inside peek into the team. About Captain Virat Kohli he said: “Virat is any teacher's delight. His biggest attribute is that he is ready to do boring stuff every single day of the year. He knows his body and if he is training, he will have 100 questions with regards to routines. Once he gets the answers, he follows them with all sincerity.”

Basu considers Mohammed Shami his biggest achievement. The bowler now trains consistently, has cut down on junk food and has reduced his fat percentage. Along with him, the coach spoke about Jasprit Bumrah. He said: "Bumrah wasn't one of the fittest guys when he came into the team. Today he is in that top bracket due to his sheer hard work, proper diet, good sleeping pattern. From 137 kmph speed, he now regularly clocks 147 kmph. Ditto for Bhuvi who bowls 140 clicks." He also said that while Kohli and Dinesh Karthik do weightlifting, Bumrah and KL Rahul are more involved in plyometric exercises.

Finally coming to Captain Cool he said: “If we talk about brute power, I will take three names who are possibly the strongest because of their background from hilly regions. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rishabh Pant and Pawan Negi. When we talk about raw power, these three top the list. Rishabh has unbelievable power.” Basu himself believes that he is a "model failure athlete" and says he capitalizes on what not to do from his past mistakes. Forget the past, the Indian team’s current fitness levels definitely show his success.

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