Indian players hit the gym, take part in fitness challenge ahead of 2nd T20I vs Bangladesh

Nick Webb explains the fitness challenge to KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan (Nick Webb Twitter Photo)

Indian players hit the gym after their training session at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium in Rajkot ahead of the second T20I against Bangladesh, which will be played on November 7 (Thursday).

Team India’s strength and conditioning coach Nick Webb made the players sweat it out in the gym and had even planned a fitness challenge for Rohit Sharma and Co. as well.

Middle-order batsmen KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer took part in the challenge wherein both had to make as many waves on the parallel ropes as possible in 30 seconds.

Rahul went first and was able to make 45 waves in 30 seconds. Iyer beat him hands down, making 50 waves in the allotted time period.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted the video of Rohit, Iyer, Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Panyda, Washington Sundar etc working out in the gym and also of the fitness challenge.

India trail 0-1 in the three-match series after losing the first game against Bangladesh in Delhi by 7 wickets at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.

The hosts’ struggles with setting and defending totals were exposed once again as India managed a below-par total of 148. An unbeaten 60 from Mushfiqur Rahim gave Bangladesh their 1st ever win over the Asian giants in T20I cricket.

Stand-in skipper Rohit has already hinted that they would be making some changes in their playing XI and in their approach for the next game after looking at the pitch conditions.

“Our batting looks good. So I don’t think there’s any change we need to make in our batting. But we’ll analyze the pitch, and based on that we’ll see what we can do as a team,” Rohit said at the pre-match press conference.

“The (pace-bowling) combination that we played in the last game, it was based on the pitch that was on offer in Delhi. We will see the pitch again today and we will think what we need to do in our bowling line-up.

“I cannot tell you strategy but what I can definitely tell you is that there will be changes in our approach. In the last match (in New Delhi), we played according to the pitch. We were playing as per the ways the pitch was reacting,” Rohit said.


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