‘I sketch a lot these days, it takes my mind away from negative thoughts’ – cricket

Lately there is so much news about death in the world that it is difficult not to be influenced by all this. More than anything else, it should serve as a reminder to all to follow the government’s guidelines in their efforts to limit the good work of Covida-19. The U-19 World Championship was very successful for me and I wanted to be a stable player in the senior national team. As an athlete, there is no resting on the laurels of the past. I always have to learn and make progress.

After the World Cup, I played for Mumbai on Nayudu QC (national U-23 tournament) and was looking forward to playing for the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League. This was supposed to be my first IPL, but now I have no idea when it will happen.

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After a visit to the IPL preparation camp in Nagpur in the first week of March, I heard about the outbreak. Since then, the situation has only worsened.

I live with my coach Juala Singh in Santacruz (East), and fortunately everything I need is delivered here via internet and telephone. So there was no panic.

As far as my training is concerned, I have training exercises from RR trainers. A large part of these activities is related to outdoor training, which is currently not possible. Even the gyms are closed. So I do my best indoors, and that includes strength, endurance and stretching exercises.

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I’m meditating too. I’ve been doing it for a while. I found it an effective way to increase my mental strength. But it’s not as easy as it sounds. Honestly, I’m just doing my best and nothing more specific. Today I can’t get a guide, so I follow this example, no matter what information I find on the internet or elsewhere for my meditation practice.

I paint a lot, too. It’s my hobby. Now that I have so much free time, I do a lot. It distracts me from negative thoughts.

I just hope this lockdown ends soon and that the corona outbreak will go away. I was happy to play with all the international PP stars, especially Steve Smith. I wonder if his thinking process is completely different from that of others. His style is so special and different from all the others. I had a lot of questions for him, but I don’t know if I can meet him now. I wanted to know how he was preparing for the game. What impressed me most was how he was able to absorb the psychological pressure and recover from the recent setbacks. I hope I can play with him and deepen my knowledge of the game.

(As they say in Avhishek Paul)