India’s fast bowler Shardul Thakur became the first Indian cricketer to begin outdoor training on Saturday after a two-month break due to the corona virus. Thakur, who has played one Test, 11 ODIs and 15 T20 Internationals for India, started practice with some domestic players at the local ground in Boisar in Palghar district, Maharashtra. The Maharashtra government has given permission to open the stadium for personal training without spectators in the ‘Green’ and ‘Orange’ areas. The Home Ministry has granted some restriction in the fourth phase of lockdown till 31 May, after which the decision was taken.
Indian fast bowler Shardul Thakur began outdoor practice in Palghar district today, where he lives. Palghar is a non-red zone and sports activities are allowed without spectators: Mumbai Cricket Association (file pic) # COVID19 pic.twitter.com/R97cL2jT8JAdvertisement
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‘It was good to train after two months’
Thakur said on the occasion that yes, we practiced today. It was good and it was definitely good to train after two months. An official said that the Palghar Dahnu Taluka Sports Association has started net practice at Boisar which is 110 km from Mumbai. He said that all safety guidelines were followed. The bowlers got their ball which was transitioned and the temperature of the players who arrived for practice was tested.
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Hardik Tamore, who made his Ranji debut for Mumbai last season, was also seen training at the same ground. Top cricketers like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are still waiting for personal training to begin. India’s fast bowler Mohammed Shami is only training in his form. Talking about international cricketers, first of all England’s Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes had the opportunity to do outdoor training.