Pace bowlers~~ camp at Bangalore from Tuesday

Published: Monday, June 7, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore :Yoga sessions and Kapil Dev's tips would be among the programme's highlights as India's leading pace bowlers are gathering in Bangalore on Tuesday to improve fitness at a five-day camp ahead of a hectic international season.

From the likes of Ashish Nehra to T Tamizh Kumaran, they will all be there -- sixteen in all, and fitness will be key mantra that they will chant for the next few days. Zaheer Khan, who is slated to join the combined fitness camp that commences in Bangalore on June 13, is the only leading fast bowler skipping the camp.

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary S K Nair said that Kapil Dev, the Wisden Indian Cricketer of the Century, would be in Bangalore from June 11 to 16 as pace bowlers' consultant.

Besides Nehra and Kumaran, other speedsters attending the camp, to be under the charge of physical trainer Gregory Allen King, are Ajit Agarkar, Irfan Pathan, L Balaji, Amit Bhandari, Munaf Patel, Avishkar Salvi, Sreesanth, S S Pal, S Mathur, Siddarth Trivedi, N C Aiyappa, Gagandeep Singh, Joginder Sharma and Mohammed Faisal.

King expressed happiness with the progress made by players in terms of physical standards since the camp in August last year but hastened to add that it does not mean there is no room for improvement.

Sources said the pace bowlers would start the day with an hour-long yoga session at the hotel where they would be put up and then would have morning and afternoon sessions on fitness matters at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.

Yoga instructor S N Omkar, who was involved in the last camp, said that the Yoga sessions would focus on core stability, specific postures, proper warming-up and prevention of injury, among others.

The pace bowlers camp would be followed by the combined fitness camp involving top cricketers.

King said both these two camps would purely focus on fitness aspects.

Kapil would interact with bowlers in the second camp as well, Nair said.

Those attending the second camp are: Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, V V S Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Kaif, Parthiv Patel, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, Ramesh Powar, Aakash Chopra, Hemang Badani, Sairaj Bahutule, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Ajit Agarkar, Irfan Pathan, L Balaji, Munaf Patel, Amit Bhandari, Rohan Gavaskar and Gautam Gambhir.

India has a gruelling season ahead. Starting with Asia Cup in Sri Lanka in mid-July, the season includes ICC Champions trophy, and the four-match Test series against Australia at home.

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