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    ...At SRMC’s CSS-Whatmore Centre for Cricket, the U-19 cricketers of Afghanistan, who recently gained Test status, are exposed to a highly-advanced sports science centre, biomechanics analysis, well-equipped indoor and outdoor cricket nets, a level-playing cricket ground and a recovery centre with a swimming pool — all under one roof. The Afghanistan team is not a lone beneficiary. SRMC is turning out to be a training turf for many cricketing minnows from Asia and Europe. The facility is the only International Cricket Council (ICC) accredited testing centre in India where bowlers, who have been suspended for chucking, can have their action corrected and cleared after undergoing various tests. The CSS-Whatmore Centre for Cricket headed by renowned coach Dav Whatmore, has become a training base for Afghanistan, Nepal and a few domestic teams such as Kerala and Tripura because of its state-of-the-art facilities. ...

    TOI on Oct. 31, 2017, 7 a.m.


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    ...Skill and talent were given utmost preference during those times and fitness was all about possessing enough stamina to last the four days of toil on the field. There was no systematic training schedule or a diet chart in place for professional cricketers. For most of the players, workout involved running 20 laps on the ground and doing a few sprints, strides, push-ups, crunches, stretches and fielding drills. Fast forward to 2017. Today, things have changed. The M S Dhoni-Virat Kohli era has increased the spotlight on fitness to such an extent that today most first division cricketers in the state have their personal trainers and adhere to a strict diet. Many former cricketers and coaches acknowledge that Robin Singh, Hemang Badani, L Balaji, S Badrinath, S Mahesh, T Kumaran, R Sathish and R Prasanna were some of the fittest cricketers of the state in the 1990s and early 2000s. But these players admit that they had “little awareness” about gymming and functional training those days. ...

    TOI on June 15, 2017, 7 a.m.

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    ...They are keener on perfecting their sport rather than chasing an educational degree. Many young cricketers have discontinued their studies to be able to devote more time to the game, while others have switched to private school exams, correspondence courses or colleges that are lenient on the attendance front. Washington Sundar, who represented India in the U19 World Cup this year, is one such player. Washington, a student of St Bede’s MHSS quit studies after completing his Class X in 2014. He passed Class XII by writing a private examination this year. Even those with an impeccable grade sheet, choose cricket over academics. Despite securing 471 out of 500 in Standard X from Chennai’s Don Bosco, Daryl S Ferrario dropped out in 2015. Born in Kerala, Ferrario has led TN in the U16 category in 2014 and was a regular in TN’s junior cricket till 2015. ...

    TOI on Nov. 3, 2016, 5:01 p.m.

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    ...Playing club cricket overseas has always been a learning experience for Indians cricketers. A player is expected to train alone, find his own net partner, play under murky conditions, be a part of a two-day game with the days separated by a week, adjust to different formats in a day’s time as well as look after his household chores. It was 30-year-old Sriram Krishnamurthy, now a high-performance coach at Cricket Wellington and head coach of the Wellington U19s, who helped the likes of VRS Guru Kedarnath, M Kamalesh, and K Sriram find a club in Australia. Kedarnath had played one List A game for Tamil Nadu in 2006, while M Kamalesh, who had represented the state at the junior level, has been playing first division league for eight years. ...

    TOI on Oct. 25, 2016, 7 a.m.

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    ...He narrates the incident to the coach or the captain in the dressing room and pat comes the reply: “Why did you play the sweep shot?” When reverse sweep has entered the coaching manuals elsewhere, such reprimands by coaches are common even today in Tamil Nadu. Despite boasting of being home to the numero uno IPL team, Chennai Super Kings, for several years, Chennai hasn’t produced too many players who revel in the T20 format-players who can truly be taken to be of the free flowing, inventive variety and can break out as trendsetters. It may well be true that players from other states queue up in large numbers to play in the TNCA first division league-but that is because the three-day game played here is a rarity elsewhere in the country. The advent of T20, and to some extent the one-dayers earlier, has inevitably changed the character of Test matches too. ...

    TOI on Aug. 22, 2016, 3:32 p.m.