Keeping in sync with skipper Virat Kohli’s uncompromising training regimen, the Indian cricketers are now undergoing DNA test that reveals the genetic fitness blueprint of an individual, raising the bar to a level hitherto unseen. The test helps a sportsman improve his speed, endurance, recovery time, and muscle building. It has been learnt that the BCCI has introduced this test on recommendation of team trainer Shankar Basu. “Yes, we have started the DNA test for the Indian cricket team for some time now. It is basically in line with the new fitness parameters, which has been set by the team management,” said a senior BCCI official on the condition of anonymity.
Virat Kohli (centre) warms up with teammates during a training session at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai recently. Pic/AFP
The DNA test was first introduced in the NBA (basketball) and the NFL in the United States. “The idea was mooted by Shankar Basu and it has proved to be extremely beneficial. For conducting each and every player’s test, the BCCI spends between R25,000 to R30,000 which is a nominal amount,” he said. It is learnt that some of the cricketers did not know why, after rigorous amount of training, they were not able to bring down their fat percentage to a certain level. “When this test started, some players understood that they are lactose intolerant or some who have fetish for mutton biryani know what their body needs after eating a particular kind of food,” he added. One of the players whose strength and stamina has tremendously improved has been pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has been consistently playing ODIs and T20 Internationals. Since the start of Champions Trophy, Bhuvneshwar has played 19 ODIs and and seven T20 Internationals, purely because of a new fitness routine that was prepared after getting his genetic fitness report.