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Kirk Russell conducts screenings for the Daredevils before IPL 2012
By IPL desk
Mumbai 24 March 2012
The Delhi Daredevils are leaving no stone unturned in their quest for their maiden IPL trophy. With less than two weeks remaining for DLF IPL 2012 to kick off, the franchise’s physiotherapist Kirk Russell is busy screening the players for strength and mobility.
Russell was associated with the England cricket team for over a decade, helping players remain fit for more than 100 Tests and ODIs each. He said that the screening process helps build an optimal fitness plan for the players during and after the tournament.
"We will incorporate the findings of our screening, what I have measured and what yoga expert Jim [Harrington] has seen in a support programme that will first help the players get stronger and more mobile; and secondly, prevent injuries from occurring. Of course, while looking at the screening results, we also look at injury history,” he said.
Russell said this is the third time he’s conducting screening for the Daredevils.
"We did that before IPL 2011 and during the training camp in September last. We have a good database of where each individual should be and also where we want the squad to be. They are given targets to reach and programs to work on when they go away from here as well.”
Describing the efficacy of the process, the physio cited the example of Daredevils’ senior player Avishkar Salvi, who benefited from the training regime given to him by Russell.
"He has scored better with his trunk strength than last year. I sent him a training programme, which I used with the England players for a long time, and he said that it worked really well for him," he said.
CSK coach credits skipper’s role for his team’s IPL success
By IPL desk
Mumbai 24 March 2012
An important factor behind the Chennai Super Kings’ consistency is their ability to stay focused and grounded despite their tremendous success. Their mentor Stephen Fleming has played a huge role in instilling this virtue. No wonder, the CSK coach’s primary mantra for the team’s success in IPL 2012 is to stay away from complacency.
“We can’t get complacent with the success that we have had,” Fleming told the official CSK website. “The IPL is a very tough tournament and the teams as a whole are very even. There is a fine line between finishing first or indeed missing out on the finals.”
The former New Zealand captain considers himself “lucky to work with an outstanding bunch of athletes who really work hard for the team and each other.”
Describing his role in the team, he said, “For the IPL, I am very much a man manager. Creating the environment for the side to perform is very important and I am lucky to have some great people around me who contribute to the day-to-day running of the side.”
Fleming, who finished his international career as New Zealand’s most successful captain and one of their greatest batsmen, picked the title win in IPL 2010 as his most cherished success with CSK.
“It was great to get over the line and shake off the chokers tag that can be placed around one’s neck after losing some key games,” he said. Fleming believes confidence within the team and the relaxed atmosphere presented by the CSK owners are major reasons why the team has often appeared better than the other franchises in the IPL.
“There is very little that separates each team. It’s the individual form and team confidence that can make all the difference. We also have very understanding owners who allow the team to stay relaxed and enjoy their cricket. We are very settled and this was evident with the amount of players we retained at last year’s auction. We put a lot of emphasis on the team culture and people we have in it,” said the CSK mentor.
Stressing on the importance of a strong bond between the coach and the captain, Fleming eulogised MS Dhoni’s role in leading the team to the peak of success in a fickle format like Twenty20.
“We react well to situations and that is due to having an excellent captain who reads the game well,” he said, adding, “The Coach is important but not as important as the captain. The captain is the most important position and the coach’s role is to support and back him up with good structures and ideas. The coach-captain relationship is vital to provide the leadership for the team.”
While he is thoroughly enjoying his run with the CSK, Fleming has no plans of plunging into full-time coaching just yet. “I am very happy just coaching the Chennai Super Kings. And with a young family at home, it is nice to spend some time with them.”