The Under-19 conditioning camp organised by the DDCA is on in full swing at the Ferozeshah Kotla and already players are reaping the rewards. The 15-day camp that has been organised to prepare players for the packed cricket season ahead, is nurturing 31 players and the number would have been higher if some players were not missing through injury.
As opposed to the ‘off-season’ camps that have been organised in past, this is the first time a purely ‘conditioning camp’ has been organised to focus on the fitness of players and not their core skills.
Tejveer Singh, the fitness trainer calls it a much-awaited and desperately-needed camp. “This is indeed a commendable step taken by the DDCA. We really needed something of this sort where we can concentrate on the fitness of these kids.”
Singh, who was with the Delhi Ranji team last season, calls it a ‘pre-season conditioning camp’ and is optimistic that it will prove successful. “I am utilising my Ranji experience and I am hopeful that these players will not miss games due to fitness problems. And even they are responding well.”
The value of this camp becomes obvious when you speak to the players. “This is a good initiative since it will help us build our stamina for longer games. Otherwise sometimes there are problems of cramp or something else that hamper,” said Varun Sood, a Delhi Under-19 player and member of the camp. Darshan Kajania, who named in the extended squad of the Delhi IPL team, said, “The most important advantage of this camp is that we will learn how to stay injury free — as much as possible — while playing matches continuously.”