Ahead of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals (RR) have switched their focus on grooming the young budding cricketers as part of the franchise's long-term plans. The 2008 IPL champions have always been known as a side who invest in youth and they have proved that fact once again.
Royals focused on developing cricket in North-East
The franchise conducted a 3-day grassroot camp at their newly-launched cricket academy in Guwahati. The camp took place between March 7 to March 9 at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium. As part of an enriching camp, a total of seven specially-curated sessions were conducted by Royals' head physio John Gloster, strength and conditioning coach A T Rajamani Prabhu, and former RR cricketer Stuart Binny.
Reflecting on the camp, Rajasthan Royals' Chairman Ranjit Barthakur said, "Our vision with this academy is to accelerate growth in the cricketing circuit here in the North-East, to provide the structure and the environment for cricketers to learn and flourish. We are looking to move in the right direction, taking one step at a time, with this camp being an important first step."
Details about 3-day camp in Guwahati
John Gloster conducted an insightful session on the importance of health and fitness in the life of a cricketer. He went on to talk about topics like mental training, emotional stability and dealing with anger and failure. Gloster briefed the youngsters about the kind of food they should consume and requirement of protein in our bodies. He also addressed various other things like strength and balance training, team cohesiveness, speed and endurance, etc.
Meanwhile, Rajamani Prabhu led specially-curated strength and conditioning sessions for all the categories of batters and bowlers. A total of 32 elite and high-performance players which belonged to the senior category participated in the sessions conducted by Gloster and Prabhu. On the other hand, Stuart Binny also gave his insights to the budding cricketers on the art of power-hitting. A total of 22 Junior level players attended the master-class.
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After the session, the former RR cricketer said, "I am really delighted that we were able to educate and impart more knowledge about the complexities of our game to these young, up and coming cricketers. The determination and the focus they've shown during my time with them was satisfying to see, and I am sure that through the Royals' continuous support and guidance, along with the brilliant facilities here at the academy, these players will keep learning and improving as they progress in their respective careers."
Notably, Rajasthan Royals will be led by youngster Sanju Samson in IPL 2021. They will begin their campaign against Punjab Kings on April 12 in Mumbai.