The man responsible for RCB's fitness, Shankar Basu, has been appointed as the strength and fitness trainer of the Indian national cricket team by the BCCI. Basu's first assignment with the team will be the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. The first Test begins on August 12th at Galle.
Basu has had previous stints at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore and the Tamil Nadu Ranji team. He is highly regarded among fitness professionals as one of the country's best trainers with a holistic approach to fitness, working not just on strength and power but also speed and agility. He runs the Primal Patterns Holistic Fitness Studio in Chennai where his clientele include squash players Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal among other athletes.
He is the second RCB support staff member to join the national team's set up in recent days. Massage therapist Arun Kanade joined the team on the tour of Zimbabwe. The support staff of the national team has seen an overhaul since the resignation of former physiotherapist Nitin Patel in May. Australia based Patrick Farhart replaced him while Basu will replace incumbent Sudarshan who is likely to take up a role at the NCA.