Former India and present Rajasthan Royals physio John Gloster was in Rajkot recently to monitor the players in the ongoing Ranji one-dayers. He spoke to HT on the Jaipur team’s new IPL recruits, fitness issues and how the Indian players have benefitted from the T20 event.
Your views on Tyron
Henderson, Rob Quiney, Shane Harwood and Lee Carseldine as Rajasthan Royals’ latest IPL recruits…
I think the management has done a good job of procuring the services of five outstanding cricketers from overseas. Tyron is a very dominating figure. He reminds me somewhat of Justin Kemp physically and in the way he takes down any big attack. He now holds the record of being the leading wicket-taker in T20 cricket and he is a significant striker of the ball as well. We have a couple of guys monitoring the players from Australia and Rob Quiney is a very explosive top-order batsman. You may have seen him in the T20 KFC final, where he got 90 off some 50-odd balls. Lee Carseldine has improved his batting drastically and his T20 strike rate is close to 140. Shane Harwood is a tall, strong right-arm opening bowler and he can hit the deck really hard. And Shaun Tait need no introduction.
Do you speak to Shane Warne on fitness issues and other aspects about the team?
We keep close contacts with all our players around the world. Fortunately, we have a consistent squad and Shane is mainly responsible for it. He is a very astute cricketer in terms of devising strategies. He is always thinking and is rigid about the fitness of his teammates. You can see the result in Ravindra Jadeja, Yusuf Pathan and Munaf Patel. They have gained a lot of confidence working under Shane.
Your observation on fitness problems so frequent with Indian fast bowlers?
Fast bowlers around the world are susceptible to injuries. Brett Lee, Andrew Flintoff, Shaun Tait, Steve Harmison… The reason why I feel the Indian bowlers are more prone to injuries is because of the volume of cricket they play.
Again, it depends on how they train as young kids. Some bowlers don’t have a proper knowledge of their own bodies. It’s, therefore, a cumulative effect.
Fortunately in recent years, players have been committed to their pre- and post-rehabilitation measures and the results are showing in the much improved Indian pace squad at the moment. Also the NCA has developed a fantastic junior development programme in power and endurance training to be implemented soon by all associations across the country.
In future, the players will be better equipped to handle stress with the help of such programmes.