Ramji Srinivasan: Sports science is still at a very nascent stage in India
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) the governing body of the game in the country gathered a review meeting of Team India’s performance in Mumbai on Sunday and the focus was on the road ahead for the side which has not won an ICC trophy in the last decade.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) the governing body of the game in the country gathered a review meeting of Team India’s performance in Mumbai on Sunday.
The focus was on the road ahead for the side which has not won an ICC trophy in the last decade. Aside from different suggestions concerning workload management and recognizing young talent, the BCCI also said in a press release that
“the Yo-Yo Test and Dexa will now be part of selection criteria and implemented in the customized roadmaps of the central pool of players.”
NDTV reached out to Ramji Srinivasan, who was the strength and conditioning coach of the Indian cricket team which won the 2011 World Cup, to understand the nuances of the DEXA test which will now be part of the selection criteria.
“DEXA is an abbreviation of Dual-energy X-Ray Absorptiometry which is very good to analyze various protocols in place, like your body fat percentage, lean muscle mass, and bone density. It gives you muscle symmetry. It gives an idea of where the android and gynoid fat is deposited and distributed- whether it’s the lower half or upper half,” Srinivasan said.
“It gives you a visceral fat percentage. It gives you skeletal muscle strength to the ratios- you know the basic ratio between fat and the skeletal muscles. It also gives you a parameter of what needs resting metabolic rate according to individuals. Loads of factors can be derived from a Dexa scan. With the Data, you can plan loads of things from the nutritional aspect to your workout schedule, and individualized workout prescriptions, which I’m a very big believer in.”
After a disappointing 2022 due to injuries to key players, the BCCI’s most recent step hopes to fill the holes as far as fitness is concerned. Srinivasan expressed that the support staff should be proactive for fitness to become a primary focus of the players.
“Sports science is still at a very nascent stage in India. Whoever takes the knife cannot be a samurai warrior you know. You need to understand that because of a lack of communication and lack of knowledge due to ego issues things are not addressed. There are no systemized protocols in place. You know you need to have these parameters for every athlete, every player from under 16, under 19 under 24, those who are in the reckoning, call them constantly and communication is very important,”he said.
“You know where they are; you have to be very honest with the players. No player wants to miss out on representing their country clubs or anything. Every player has got their ego, self-respect, and their achievements so it’s up to the support staff to be very proactive and very prudent in what they are dishing out to the players. Players trust the support staff like we trust the cook.”
Specific plans need to be created for individuals, according to Srinivasan.
“There is a way for the support staff to manage issues. You cannot have all players responding to your impulse on the same level, some may be arrogant, some may be very nice, and some may just brush you off,”he said.
“It is up to the support staff to take things in their stride. They need to design plans according to the skill and ability of the players. Just like one size doesn’t fit all, there are different modules for different people.”