Ishan Kishan and contracted players to focus on strength and conditioning ahead of West Indies Tour: Report

India’s promising wicketkeeper-batter, Ishan Kishan, along with a group of contracted players, is set to undergo strength and conditioning training at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. This preparation comes ahead of the forthcoming full tour against West Indies, comprising two Tests, three ODIs, and five T20Is, scheduled to commence on July 12. The team, led by Rohit Sharma, is expected to depart on July 3. The NCA provides an opportunity for centrally-contracted players, not participating in domestic tournaments, to assess and enhance their fitness levels during breaks between international series.

Ishan Kishan, aged 24, will join other contracted players at the NCA for specialized strength and conditioning work. Despite missing out on the Duleep Trophy, a recent opportunity to play a red-ball game, Kishan had aimed to make a strong case for selection in the Test team. His exclusion from the tournament limited his chances to impress the selectors. Nonetheless, Kishan’s previous competitive match was with the Mumbai Indians during the IPL on May 26. If he doesn’t secure a place in the Test XI, his next opportunity will come during the opening ODI against West Indies on July 27 at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.

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Fitness is a vital aspect of a player’s preparation, contributing to their performance on the field. The NCA provides a conducive environment for contracted players to focus on their strength and conditioning, ensuring they are in prime form for the upcoming series against West Indies. These training sessions offer a chance for players to evaluate their fitness status and make necessary improvements, both physically and mentally, to excel in international cricket.