India U-19 players complete boot camp in forest

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Published: Friday, July 20, 2012, 11:58 [IST]
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Boot camp over, U-19 players back at NCA

Bangalore, Jul 20: India Under-19 World Cup players returned to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) after a rigorous but fruitful three-day boot camp at the Nagarhole wildlife sanctuary, 221 kms from Bangalore.

India Under-19 coach B Arun said it was a fruitful camp which was enjoyed by all players. The team is preparing for next month's ICC Under-19 World Cup in Australia, which starts on August 11.

Explaining what they did at the boot camp, Arun said: "We had team exercises and all these were devised in such a way that you could relate them to the game. We did rappelling which is basically getting down a cliff (with rope tied around) and the process is simple provided you stay calm.

"It is similar to what happens in close matches, a cool mind wins in pressure situations. We also did a game called a trust-walk in which we split the players into three groups and except the group leader, the rest were blind-folded."

He added: "They had to walk through some rough terrain in the reserve forest and at the same time none was allowed to talk. Initially we allowed them to hold hands and walk and then we stopped that too but the players found their own code-language and indulged in claps to guide each other, like say two claps to turn right. The camp was good and it got the team closer and it also helped a few players who were withdrawn or aloof to open up a lot more."

The team is led by Unmukt Chand and the players will continue their preparations at NCA till August 2.


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