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The game of Cricket has historically been known as "the gentleman's game." Until about three
decades ago Cricketers were certainly not the fittest athletes on the planet. Often it was remarked
that Cricket is physically an easy game which requires one to stand on the field for most of the day
and requires little running, jumping or strength.
However with the introduction of one day Cricket, the game has gone through major changes and
the physical demands made on a cricketer's body has also increased dramatically. No longer can a
batsman just continue to defend away for overs, he has to often use his strength to hit big sixes.
The highly-developed levels of fielding in the modern times require a player to have strong
shoulders and arms to make direct hits at the stumps. One look at the photo of a modern day
player and a player from the 60s and you will notice the difference in the bodies of the two. The
modern player is leaner, stronger and far more athletic!

As mentioned earlier, Cricket was not really considered a physical game, thus proper strength
development was often ignored by Cricketers. Now if you look at modern day players like Mathew
Hayden, Andrew Symonds, Shoaib Akhtar you will notice how these guys use their muscular
strength to their advantage and perform better. Let us look at some proven benefits of added
strength for a Cricketer:
Prevent injury
Increase running speed
Increase bowling speed
Increase throwing distance
Reduce the effects of fatigue
Improve bat speed
Help with technique
The point of preventing further injuries I want to further explain to help understand the necessity of
strength training. The great sir Don Bradman in a career spanning 2 decades played only 52 test
matches, and no one days. On the other hand, modern day great Sachin Tendulkar in the same
span of 20 years has played 167 test matches and 442 one day internationals! In short he has
played more than 3 times the number of matches when compared to sir Don. This clearly shows
the drastic increase in the physical workloads of the modern day Cricketer.
In such a demanding age, if a player does not have a strong body he will certainly not be able to
survive for long in the international arena and will perish soon. Thus Cricket teams all around the
world place a great deal of time on developing the strength of their players.

Developing Strength For Cricket


Now I will discuss how you can develop strength for Cricket. I mean real functional strength and
not the type of training that asks you to balance on one leg and do the exercises. So here are the
principles that you must keep in mind when designing your strength training program for Cricket.
And by the way if any you have fears that strength training will make you too bulky and you will
lose your agility and speed, then let me assure you that you cannot become too big with all the
cardio work that you do on the field.

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Probably the only article on bb.com.This indian cricket fan loves
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I play cricket in summer and i was really looking forward to a


specific workout that improve my performance. I am active
person lifting 4-5 days a week and playing cricket in weekends.
I will definitely try this work out and see the results my self.
Thank you.
Jun 11, 2014 10:09am | report

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ma9ish
Great article Indians wish many more to come of this type with
nutrition.

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