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  • Shankar Basu India RCB Primal Patterns

    Shanker Basu

    Strength and Conditioning Coach

    Widely lauded as the best trainer in the country, S Basu is the man who sets the Royal Challengers Bangalore apart with their athletic prowess and agility on the field.

    He is the man behind the muscle of Gaylestorms, the quick feet of Kohli, the strength of Zaheer and the sublime fielding of AB de Villiers.

    Not surprising, considering his past as a trainer at the National Cricket Academy and as a sprinter who represented India at the Asian Junior Championship in Tokyo in 1987. With a best time of 10.6 seconds for 100 metres and 21.5 for 200 metres, he is the man to go to when it's about working on strength, endurance, reflexes and agility.

    Basu is the director of the Primal Patterns Holistic Fitness Studio in Chennai.

  • Evan Speechly

    Evan Speechly

    Physiotherapist

    Evan Speechly is one of the biggest names when it comes to physiotherapy in sport.

    He has worked for over 10 years with a number of sports teams, including the South African national football and rugby squads, the Transvaal cricket team and the South African women's hockey team. He is also an honorary lecturer at the Wits University Physiotherapy department.

    Speechly is the founding partner of 2 leading Sports Medicine and orthopaedic centres in Johannesburg, the Centre for Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics, and the Linksfield Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre.

    'Grandpa', as the RCB members kiddingly call him likes to spend time with his family and expand his knowledge of physiotherapy in his spare time.

  • Ramesh Mane Kaka

    Ramesh Mane

    Acupressure Masseur

    'Kaka', as he's fondly known in the Indian cricketing fraternity, was an erstwhile social worker who had studied healing techniques and got involved with the sport after an accidental opportunity to treat a cricketer with a severe muscle pull. He joined the Indian cricket team in the 2004/05 season and has been with them ever since.

    His primary objective at RCB is to ensure that all the players going into a match are suitably rested and relaxed, physically and mentally. His methods to bring about the change include: massages, meditation, acupuncture and pranic healing.

    A father figure to most, his delightful collection of old Hindi music is usually the default stereo playing when the team travels. Oh, and he does one more thing which nobody else can. Cook 'ghar ka khaana' for a player-in-need. Kudos.

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