While the international cricket resumed with the England-West Indies Test series earlier this month, Team India are yet to hit the ground running with a proper camp in wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Before featuring in a competitive match, cricketers will have to regain an optimum level of fitness so that their bodies are ready to go through the grind and take the kind of workload international athletes are expected to endure.
Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the BCCI is mulling to host a training camp for its contracted players in August-September in Ahmedabad under bio-secure environments in the lead up to the IPL 2020, which could be held between September and November.
Meanwhile, India’s top cricketers are slowly but steadily getting back to training in their hometowns after the lockdown guidelines were relaxed by the government.
On Monday (July 20), Suresh Raina and Rishabh Pant shared a glimpse of their training sessions in Ghaziabad after sports presenter Rupha Ramani caught up with both the left-handers in an Instagram live session for Chennai Super Kings.
Raina and Pant have been training at the former's training facility for over a week in order to be in the best possible shape for competitive cricket post COVID-19 hiatus.
"It's good to start practicing right now. Trying to improve every day, making use of the time now. It got wasted for 5-6 months. Let's hope we start playing cricket soon and we are going to do well for the country," Pant said.
"It was kind of difficult after some time because staying at home makes you lazy. You have to do what you do. I have started practising now. Sooner or later, you have to do it.
"It's been a good experience because with him (Raina) you can learn a lot of things. He is a left-handed batsman. You have got that brotherhood. He teaches me a lot of things, on and off the field situations. We discuss a lot of things and it's helping me," he added while sharing the experience of his training.
Raina also showered rich praise on Pant, saying he wants to see the young wicketkeeper-batsman make the best use of his abilities.
"He is a top guy. I want him to be who he is. I just want him to be the best batsman for his calibre," Raina said.