On Monday, it was a day-long session for the Royals that was held in batches and head coach Paddy Upton kept changing things up. “To keep everyone alert and upbeat, we are offering new things to players who want different things at same time, as well as allowing others to stick with processes that they feel is working for them,” Upton said, adding that they have even made practices optional.
Focus is on structure sessions which are engaging not monotonous and enjoyable, shared spin bowling coach Sairaj Bahutule. “These sessions are less time consuming and it is important to know what players need rather than implementing your own stuff all the time,” Bahutule added. Fielding coach Dishant Yagnik, who has spring to his feet, looked fresh as a daisy even after a grueling day at the training and made sure his wards managed to maintain his energy level. “We specifically focus on putting challenges during sessions. In fielding sessions, I tried and implement new innovative drills to keep the surprise element intact to make sure the players are both mentally and physically present during training,” Yagnik said. He added that he was contended to see the players enjoying it.
Royals’ fast bowling coach Steffan Jones believes that having variety holds the key. “Using different training methods but all trying to achieve the same goal whether that’s speed, power or strength is what I am focusing on,” said. Jones added that variety comes with exercise choices.
Amol Muzumdar, the batting coach, has a rule of thumb he swears by. “I follow the 3s- specific, short and sharp. And also ensures the learning quotient is high,” He added. With so much attention being paid to ensure cricketers are not tired and on the verge of crashing on the bed, the lot looked up and alert. Fast bowler Varun Aaron said, “Training was great and seem too long at all. We spent the entire day on the field, but it is important to put in all the work needed before the tournament starts.”
Chirpy and quirky batsman Prashant Chopra admitted that it was not easy under the searing sun. “The training went well. It was the first day of batting in Jaipur. Given that the wicket was slightly different than the last year, so it was slightly a challenge to adjust initially,” Chopra said. It was a bit tiring too, he said before signing off with a laugh.