Summary: The blog is aimed at providing five of the most effective Yoga poses for cricketers.
Cricket is one of the popular sports across the world. The team-sport is followed extensively in South Asia, Oceania, the UK, etc. The game of Cricket is an amalgamation of physical endurance, flexibility, strategy management, and muscle power. The diversity in Cricket formats – T-20, One-Day, and Test, has opened the scope for a range of preparations to be successful in cricket. On one hand, fielders need to stand under the dazzling sun for approx 8 hours in a day in test cricket, while they need to be highly conscious near the boundary line in the T-20s.
With Yoga, one can improve as a player. Various Yoga poses can help a cricketer better their potentials in all forms of the game. Here are some of the most amazing Yoga poses that are awesome for cricket players.
Whether you love to hit big sixes like Chris Gayle or want to emulate Kohli’s ability to rotate strike, a strong pair of legs is of tremendous substance. Give at least 10-15 minutes to Navasana to tone your legs muscles. Well-build legs are also effective for pacers, who love to run for longer spells of 8-10 overs. Also known as the Boat Pose, the Yoga asana also strengthens the abdomen region and the digestive system. Enhancing the core fitness and stamina, Navasana improves a batsman’s potential to stay on the crease for a longer time.
Uttanasana’s benefits for cricketers are unlimited. It is helpful in correcting the posture of the body in the way a batsman should stand in the crease. The pose is helpful in enhancing the heart health to aid a cricketer’s ability to remain calm in tensed match situations. Uttanasana promotes better flow of blood in the brain. It fills a cricket player’s mind with peace and tranquility. The strength of making strategies in the cricket field can be improved by Uttanasana practice. Uttanasana is one of the better exercises for the spine strength, which is quite important in any field game.
Being a team game, success in cricket relies on the contribution of not only bowlers and batsmen but also the fielders and wicket-weeper. Body flexibility is required to be a good fielder. There can be no better asana that Chakrasana to achieve the highest form of body pliancy. During Chakrasana, the body comes in the form of chakra with just the palms and soles on the ground and the pelvis acts as the highest part. Practice this pose for about 10 minutes every day to achieve athleticism of the greatest standard. Chakrasana also aids a cricketer’s power to hit boundaries in the fine-leg region.
Hands play the most important role in Cricket. Whether you are a batsman, bowler, or a wicketkeeper, the flexibility of your wrists is of utmost significance. Bakasana is one of the most beneficial Yoga poses when it comes to strengthening the hands. Better wrist flexibility helps a batsman find gaps with ease. The whole weight of the body is held on the two palms during the pose, toning the arms muscles. In T-20 cricket, heavy bat-swing is required and a strong pair of hands can only do that. Bakasana is also about stability and focus – two of the most amazing aspects of a cricketer.
Boost the energy of the spine and generate the speed of Brett Lee with regular practice of Natarajasana. Lord of the Dance pose is also good for those batsmen, who believe in quick singles and doubles. The asana imitates the dance pose of Lord Shiva and thus, is a great vitality-offering exercise. The asana is all about the balance of the body that is of tremendous importance in cricket. The advanced pose is great for boosting body metabolism in a good way. Those, who are aspiring to be wicket-keepers like M.S. Dhoni, should practice Natarajasana on regular basis to learn how to stay grounded all the time.
Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He organize 200 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh. Bipin Baloni conducts Yoga Teacher Training in India in different cities. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.