Energy Demand Of Cricketers
Cricket is a religion in India and cricketers are Godly figures, but with great power comes great responsibilities, and it’s not easy to live up to that expectation. Cricket is played round the year and the number of matches has increased with the advent of T20 and league cricket. A cricket team is made up of 11 players, with most players having a specific role and skill that will determine the physiological challenge of match-play, e.g. bowlers, batsmen, all-rounders and a wicket-keeper. Cricket is a game that requires a huge amount of technical skill, presence of mind and the ability to concentrate. To attract more audiences, cricket has gone through major changes. The formats played currently are as follows-
- Twenty20 cricket
- 1-day matches
- Test Matches
- League cricket-IPL, Big Bash, CPL, etc.
To keep the energy level intact for a long and short duration, cricketers need to keep themselves fuelled and hydrated before, during and after the game to perform well. Energy requirement in Cricket is different than other sports because of longer duration, different formats and mix of physiological demands. So much of cricket is played these days that there is a risk of fatigue and burnout among players. It is also very difficult for cricketers to keep themselves fit for all the formats. Energy requirements during match day and training days are different.
During the match, the demand for energy will depend on how competitive the game is, climate and what role the player has, i.e. batsman, bowler or fielder. Bowlers tend to have a higher requirement for energy compared to batsmen. So each player has a different requirement of nutrients and hydration. The best way to identify the appropriate amount of energy and fluids required for best performance during match-play is to experiment in training.
Training, on the other hand, involves a range of strategies to ensure the athlete is conditioned for all facets of the game, so the typical training goals for most sports are present here, i.e. improving strength, aerobic fitness, speed, agility, coupled with the specialised match-play skills such as batting, fielding and bowling are the main focus.
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