Much like in other parts of the world, sports in India were brought to a halt in March by the deadly Coronavirus outbreak. As of now, no one is sure of when things will fully normalise again, hence we cannot predict when cricketing action will resume.
Meanwhile, players are slowly and gradually resuming training routines with their respective boards. The Indian players have also started training and wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik believes it will roughly take four weeks for the players to attain full fitness again.
Karthik was last scene in action in February while featuring for Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy when the 2019-20 season was in progress. Since then, the hard-hitter has been confined to home with his wife Dipika Pallikal and is now planning to return to training gradually. He believes that the recovery will be tough for the players after such a long hiatus.
“I think the transition will be very tough. I think at least a minimum of four weeks, you need to start slowly, first it will be quality and then slowly increase the quantity and then the intensity. Right now the lockdown has eased a lot in Chennai, so you can get permission and go and practice, so I am planning to do that but I will do it gradually … the body has been completely in zombie mode, with me sitting at home and not doing much,” Karthik said while speaking to ESPNCricinfo.
Karthik last donned the Indian jersey in the 2019 World Cup. He has been overlooked since then from both ODIs and T20Is. He would have wanted to put up a good showing in the 13th edition of the IPL in a bid to book a ticket to the World T20 if it wasn’t for the coronavirus pandemic ruining all such plans.
The IPL is now likely to be played later this year and the Tamil Nadu cricketer will be itching to get back on the field as soon as possible.