Why Indian Players Suffer Frequent Injuries?, Sehwag Answers

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag

Why Indian Players Suffer Frequent Injuries: Former Indian opening batter Virender Sehwag opens up on the reason behind the frequent injuries suffered by the players of the senior men’s national cricket team.

Why Indian Players Suffer Frequent Injuries

Sehwag says that players are often prone to injury in recent times owing to their weightlifting training in the gym and adds that exercise has no role in cricket. He feels that Indian players nowadays are getting injured in the gym, not on the ground.

“There is no place for weightlifting in cricket. Instead, you should do the exercises that improve your game. Weightlifting will give you strength, but will also increase stiffness and soreness.

In our days, Aakash Chopra, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, MS Dhoni, or Yuvraj Singh, nobody were ruled out due to back, hamstring, or quadricep injuries,” said Sehwag on ‘The Ranveer Show’.

“Whereas KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and Shreyas Iyer, have all dealt with such injuries. They are getting injured due to weight training. They get injured in the gym, not on the ground,” he added.

Sehwag pointed out that players should not do exercises just because they are on trend and rather focus on a personalised training program that would be suitable for their respective bodies.

“We didn’t do any weight training in our days, but we were still able to play cricket all day. This could be Virat Kohli’s funda. But not everyone is Virat Kohli. You need to prepare a training program based on your own body,” he said.

Notably, Post the BCCI‘s review meeting on January 1, 2023, BCCI confirms that the Yo-Yo Test and Dexa will be a part of the selection criteria.