The Rajasthan Royals boys continued their preparations for the 13th edition of the Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL) with a camp in Nagpur. The camp is taking place at the Royal Institute of Sport in Talegaon, Nagpur. The institute is an exclusive Royals facility, which hosts some of the best infrastructures for all-round training and development. The camp is being used to continue the team’s preparations after their 3-day camp in Guwahati, with hotter weather in Nagpur and varied pitches.
Robin Uthappa, Anuj Rawat, Mayank Markande, Riyan Parag, Ankit Rajpoot, Akash Singh & Anirudha Joshi who were part of the camp at Guwahati are part of the team's training camp in Nagpur. They are joined by other Indian players from the Royals squad including Varun Aaron, Sanju Samson and Yashasvi Jaiswal. The camp runs from 2nd to 7th March, with the players continuing their training and conditioning under the watchful eyes of the Rajasthan Royals coaching staff. The coaches will prepare the players in a manner that has them match the levels expected ahead of a long IPL season. There will be an additional focus on technical skills and developing new shots and balls, before the season gets underway.
Speaking of the camp, Zubin Bharucha, the Head of Cricket at Rajasthan Royals said, “The Nagpur camp is a great opportunity for us to utilise our in-house facilities and get some intense training under our belts. We’re getting more players joining us for this camp in Nagpur and hence getting closer to having our full squad with us. With the IPL approaching, our aim is to be match ready and cover all aspects of our game through this camp.”
The Nagpur camp also sees four net bowlers from the Assam Cricket Association, who were all a part of the Guwahati camp, travel to Nagpur. These bowlers from Assam will get an opportunity to learn and develop their skills during the camp and also get a chance to interact with the coaching team of Rajasthan Royals for constant feedback.
Jake Lush McCrum, COO at Rajasthan Royals spoke on the selection of these bowlers. He said, “It’s something we continually aim to do. Finding new talent, developing them, and giving them a platform is a vision of our team and I am really happy that our coaching staff has found these four bowlers from Assam. The Nagpur camp will see them get some good experience and learn a lot from our coaches and the players in our squad. We hope this camp provides these bowlers with an opportunity to develop and form a quality core of Assam bowlers for the future. We at Rajasthan Royals hope to provide many such cricketers from the Northeast and the rest of the country a platform to develop, perform, and express themselves.”
Ranjit Barthakur, the Executive Chairman of Rajasthan Royals said, "We are working towards our vision of One India One Cricket and to start with popularising the game of cricket in Northeast, we are happy to have found talent from our first camp itself. We are hopeful as we go along, we are able to scout more such talent from other parts of Northeast, Rajasthan and other states to help develop a pool of future cricket stars."
"We are also very hopeful of Rajasthan Cricket Association coming along with us in creating an ecosystem where budding cricketers from all parts of India can come to various facilities across Rajasthan and Northeast for training and development camps throughout the year."
The newly bought or traded in players also get an opportunity to gel with the ones from the 2019 season. This helps them perform together as a team and understand each other’s strengths. We look forward to our boys being season ready.