Lockdown diaries: What’s keeping USA’s Indian players going?

A number of years in the past, when Saurabh Netravalkar and Ibrahim Khaleel shifted base to the USA, the fast-paced life amazed them. By then, each the cricketers had featured in Ranji Trophy for his or her respective groups — Mumbai and Hyderabad — however America was a brand new expertise altogether.

Cut to April 2020 — with the USA changing into the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic — their lives have come to a standstill. The demise toll surpassed the 9,000-mark on Monday.

Netravalkar, who’s the captain of the USA group, has been coaching at his residence in San Fransisco. Khaleel is keeping himself busy with health workouts at his residence in Chicago.

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“We are just following the instructions of our country administration. They have asked us to stay home as much as possible. We have been asked to step out for only essential stuff. It’s pretty much on the same lines as India,” Netravalkar informed Sportstar late on Sunday.

To be certain that the players don’t skip the health regime, the USA group coach has despatched out pointers. “We are doing home-training programme with body weights and all other stuff. We are in touch with each other and praying that things get better,” he mentioned.

A software program developer with IT big, Oracle, Netravalkar has been working from residence for the previous few weeks. But he’s apprehensive for his mother and father who’re in Kandivali in Mumbai, a COVID-19 hotspot in India, with 406 circumstances and counting. He is in contact with them by way of video calls.

San Francisco has recorded 529 constructive circumstances with eight deaths up to now.

On the opposite hand, Chicago, the place Khaleel lives, has 4,860 circumstances and 85-plus fatalities.

Khaleel is keeping himself busy with health workouts at his residence in Chicago.   –  Special Arrangement

 “Every city is affected and if people step out, it could still spread. So, it is important to take the necessary precaution,” mentioned Khaleel, a former wicketkeeper-batsman of the Hyderabad Ranji Trophy group.

“We can’t bat and all, but I am working on my drills in the garage. There is only so much that you can do. Even if I want to run, I can’t step outside,” he mentioned.

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Nosthush Kenjige — who made his USA debut in 2017 —  initially hails from Bengaluru. Now he’s primarily based in Dallas the place 18 folks have died. The variety of constructive circumstances stand at 1,112 in the mean time.

“It takes lots mentally. You don’t wish to exit. Whoever you see are sporting masks,” he mentioned, including that he helps the 21-day lockdown in India. “Had there not been a lockdown, things would have been far worse.”

Indo-Pak camaraderie

Ali Khan, the Pakistan-origin quick bowler primarily based in Ohio, is in contact together with his Indian team-mates; tense for his or her household and pals round Karachi, Lahore, Chandigarh and the northern belt.

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Ohio is the worst-hit among the many three cities with 119-plus deaths and 4,000-plus circumstances. “All restaurants are shut. And even in grocery stores, people are standing six feet apart. So I am cooking at home. Overall in America, it is severe at the moment and we hear that the numbers are likely to go up in the next couple of weeks,” he mentioned.

India and Pakistan could have political pressure however for these cricketers, friendship and brotherhood is high precedence at current as all of them are chasing their cricketing goals within the USA.

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