The COVID-19 lockdown has made it difficult for anyone to maintain their usual workout routine. For professional cricketers, who need to be ready to go should play resume, it is even harder to maintain their athlete-level fitness without the usual loop of matches, fitness drills, net practice and various other forms of exercise. Some players have come up with unique ideas to not only keep themselves fit – we hope that these might inspire you to get stuck in, too:
- Stuart Broad
England’s veteran pace-bowler shared images of himself on a Peloton spin bike with team-mates James Anderson and Mark Wood joining in for a virtual competition over a video link.
- Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes is promoting #BringSallyUpChallenge and regularly posting videos of himself, teammates and fans to inspire everyone.
- The PCB push up challenge
The PCB push up challenge has turned out to be a bit hit with fans of Pakistan cricket team. Famous players including Imam-ul-Haq, Sarfraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Azhar Ali, and Hassan Ali have participated in the challenge and nominated their teammates to do the same.
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- Kane Williamson
The Kiwi captain took things to the next level, with his pet dog Sandy fielding at slip for some catching practice. Here is a cool slow-motion video that has turned out to be a big hit with both cricket and animal fans.
Kane Williamson giving his dog slip catches is something you all deserve to see.— Cricket Shouts (@crickshouts) March 27, 2020
- Hardik Pandya
India’s star all-rounder Hardik Pandya encouraged followers to maintain physical fitness at home by displaying his Quaran-Training routine.
- Babar Azam
The number one ranked T20-I batsman asked followers to “burn their comfort zone” and asked them for videos/comments on how they are staying fit and focused during the quarantine in reply to a video showcasing his own home workout.
Burn you comfort zone out. This is where the magic starts.— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) March 26, 2020
Here are some glimpses from my work out at home. Drop your videos/messages in comments and tell me how you are keeping yourself fit in this time of #PhysicalDistancing. Stay safe!#RiseAndRise pic.twitter.com/furDNKbOH8
- David Warner
The hard-hitting Australian opener displayed some impressive hand-eye coordination, practising his slip-catching one-handed with a tennis ball!
We hope these videos inspire you to create your own fitness routine. Taking time out for a workout is good for both body and mind – and is probably even more important during the lockdown. Do you have a training video that you would like to share? Post it in the comment section!