Strength and Speed Day
The RCB boys tone up for the days to come, their watchwords today, strength and speed --------------------------------------------------------------
Monday the 26th ended up as another quiet day as the team management decided to shift focus to strength and speed training. Therefore, the gymnasium at the team hotel became the centre point. Well, after some consultations among coaches, they realized that the practice session of the 28th, the day before RCB’s next match against the Knight Riders would be a handy one. Hence, RCB had to ‘trade’ the session that of Monday for it with another team; remember several teams have converged onto Bengaluru city for their ties and each of them wants the best practice sessions and of course in the same premises as where the match will be played.
Add to that is the fact that slots available are fewer because there are other Champions League matches ensuing in Bengaluru and of course the ground has to be cordoned off well in advance of the start of these for international security measures. Therefore, early morning and noon slots have to be shared. Anyway, trainer Basu was busy working the lads among the sophisticated equipment housed by the hotel’s health club.
At first, the pace bowling trio of A Mithun, S Arvind the Raju Bhatkal went through the sessions and were then led to the masseur’s table which also provided an opportunity for Basu to engage them in a spirited discussion on work and hard work ethics. Of course there were the jovial accusations that Basu is “always busy” when in Chennai to which the experienced strength coach merely rebutted “But you guys assume that when you come to Chennai and don’t ring. First ring and then I’ll tell you I’m busy, which am actually not!” The usual loud laughter and the conversation then shifted to automobiles, namely the BMW series.
AB de Villiers came in for his separate session and preferred to do some treadmill running. Asked if he could sing an Indian song for a change AB said he was focused on team management and captaincy issues back home and that the early inroads into singing would have to be curtailed for now. Sure, it’s a serious stage of the talented wicket-keeper-batsman’s career therefore one cannot argue with that.
Chris Gayle then came in during his preferred tea time slot. Basu had a workout ready for him and soon wrote it down on a piece of paper so that the big man could go about it himself. Chris usually likes to go for a steam session soon after the workout but today, decided to postpone it till later in evening, which of course he went about. He enjoyed two ten-minute slots of steam and in between one for sauna. One of the others attending the steam emphasized how good it was to sweat out especially when one spends the bulk of the day in the air-conditioned environment of the hotel. “Either through gym or steam or sauna is a good way to get rid of those toxins,” claimed the wizened gentleman, to which everybody nodded. “Of course preferably through both,” he added.
Dirk Nannes came to the masseur’s table and had Evans Speechley stretch the hamstring and other important muscles. Well, the boys are getting ready for practice on the morrow. Let’s see the spring in their stride!