Chinmoy Roy is an Australian Strength and Conditioning association accredited fitness coach. He was the assistant trainer with Greg Chappell in the Indian fitness camp in 2005. He was the India –A fitness coach with Dav Whatmore in 2008.
In this IPL, in keeping with the trademark T-20 style, batsmen are tonking the ball with great freedom. Sanju Samson, AB Devilliers, KL Rahul and Prithvi Shaw have already set the empty stands ablaze with some sensational power hitting.
The ongoing India versus England T-20 series is an eye opener to a now firmly established fact that this format thrives on power. Just have look at the way a Josh Butler and Virat Kohli tonk the ball to make it soaring into the stands.
Some of the great names in the history of sport either failed as a coach or never came into coaching. On the other side of the coin are some world class coaches who were obscure as a player but revered for their coaching prowess.
Till 1990’s batsmen in the longer version of the game were judged by their durability, the length of the time they spent in the crease. Hanif Mohammad, Ken Barrington, Geoffrey Boycott and Sunil Gavaskar used to play marathon innings and would wear the bowlers down by stonewalling.
It is flash back 1974. As the tall Tony Greig, of England started his run up in a test match in Eden Gardens, the commentator said, ”Here comes tony Greig from the Maidan end.” Like the Nursery end of Lord’s or Paddington end of the Sydney cricket ground, the ‘Maidan’ end of Eden Gardens has a special place in the history of cricket.
There was an all pervading mood of despair. A pall of gloom enveloped the entire sporting fraternity across the universe. The virus had a strangle hold on life for a long time before the unflinching human race broke loose.
For any sports there has to be a history. There is a consensus of expert opinion that cricket may have been invented during Saxon or Norman times by children living in the Weald, an area of dense woodlands and clearings in south-east England.
Catastrophe – must be the apt word to relate to the destiny of Winston Davis, the former Caribbean fast bowler who could break into the formidable West Indies team of 80s, playing alongside Malcom Mrashal, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding and Joel Garner.