Yoga part of Team India's regimen

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Published: Thursday, December 23, 2010, 16:00 [IST]
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Yoga part of Team India's regimen

The management is pulling out all the stops to keep Team India's muscles and organs durable an fit. So the BCCI had hired former Zimbabwe allrounder Neil Johnson as yoga instructor for the Indian side. Johnson has recently been contracted and has just become part of India's support staff on the ongoing tour of South Africa.

India's coach Gary Kirtsen has been in favour of implementing the ancient Indian practice to give his players the edge in the run-up to the World Cup next year. It would perhaps seem ironical that the management has appointed a foreigner for the job, when there is no dearth of Indians to take up the task.

But the fact of the matter is that Johnson has been appointed in line with the BCCI's policy to keep Indians out of the team's support staff. Other than Johnson, the Indian support staff comprises of mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton and bowling consultant Eric Simons.

Johnson, who was a successful all-rounder during a brief career with Zimbabwe, is remembered for his three man-of-the-match awards in the 1999 World Cup in England.


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