BETTER late than never. Within 24 hours of assuming office as BCCI President, Raj Singh Dungarpur acknowledged the need to have a physical trainer for the Indian cricket team. A need that would have been addressed years back if sports administrators didn’t have tunnel-vision.
For example, not many people know that, plagued with an Achilles’ tendon injury throughout the 1996 World Cup, India’s star bowler Anil Kumble had to approach Sri Lank
an cricket coach Dave Whatmore for fitness advice during the joint Indo-Pak team match against the Lankans this February. And during the Singer Cup in Colombo, Kumble and Ajay Jadeja asked Whatmore to knotch up individual fitness regimens for them.
What more says what surprised him even more was "two Indian players doing heavy weights on the eve of one of their matches. That’s simply not done. But the players meant well. Unfortunately, there wasn’t anybody to tell them any better." In fact, while Ali Irani has been the Indian team physio for close to seven years, the team has never had a...