Shardul Thakur becomes first India cricketer to resume outdoor training
By: Sports Desk |

Updated: May 23, 2020 7:34:10 pm

Shardul Thakur has featured in 11 ODIs and 15 T20Is. (Source: AP Photo)

Shardul Thakur grew to become the first India cricketer to resume outdoor training as he started practising bowling at his residence floor in Palghar on Saturday after a pause of two months.

After the house ministry relaxed restrictions for the fourth part of the lockdown until May 31, the Maharashtra authorities allowed opening of stadiums for particular person training in inexperienced and orange zones with out spectators. Accordingly, the Palghar Dahanu Taluka Sports Association (PDTSA) began nets on Saturday.

Thakur, who has featured in a single Test, 11 ODIs, and 15 T20Is, hit an area floor at Boisar in Palghar district together with some home gamers, most notably, Mumbai Ranji wicketkeeper-batsman Hardik Tamore.

“Yes, we practised today. It was good and definitely pleasing to practice after two months,” Thakur informed PTI.

Strict security protocols had been adopted, with every bowler getting his personal set of disinfected balls.

“All the safety measures were followed. The bowlers got their own balls which were disinfected and temperatures of the players who came for practise were also checked,” a PDTSA official stated.

“Once the guidelines from the Palghar District collector (state government) was issued concerning sports, it was always the aim to begin training process,” Mumbai Cricket Association, Council member Ajinkya Naik stated.

“Due to our incredible facility in Palghar district, we had been ready to facilitate much-needed training program to our esteemed gamers whereas adhering to social distancing norms and hygiene,” he added.

While BCCI is planning an isolation camp for cricketers in order that they will resume training, gamers like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are still waiting to resume individual training. On Thursday, England’s Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, and Chris Woakes became the first set of cricketers to return to individual training at their native county grounds.

(with PTI inputs)

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