The veteran Indian players, MS Dhoni and Ravi Ashwin can be termed as the two of the sharpest brains on a cricket field. Apart from being actively involved with the sports, both the cricketers have also believed in giving it back to the game. Ashwin has set up an academy in Chennai where he and his father are involved in coaching young kids. On the other hand, Dhoni also has his own academy. MS Dhoni Cricket Academy has branches all over India which aims to find talents and giving them a proper opportunity.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the country going into lockdown and it’s getting difficult from the cricketers to get proper training. However, Dhoni and Ashwin have both found a solution to counter this situation as they are providing adequate training to the students of their respective academies. The two cricketers would be providing online classes to the kids, aiming to provide knowledge about the game even though the physical activities are restricted.
MS is not directly involved with the operations of his academy. But the reports of Times of India suggest that former Indian skipper is providing the coaches with inputs which are later shared to the kids through online classes. Satrajit Lahiri, the chief of coaches of the Mahendra Singh Dhoni Cricket Academy has recently acknowledged that all the videos have been watched by many users on the online platforms.
Lahri reported to have said, “We are clocking almost 10000 views across all platforms for every video. We have an app called Cricketor where we regularly upload demo drills. The trainees also need to upload their videos so that we can keep a tab on their activities. We give feedback accordingly.”
Ravi Ashwin has been trying to engage with his students through online platforms. The online classes are aimed to improve the mindset of the young kids. It also keeps the trainees prepared for the time when all the physical activities can be resumed. Ashwin has been providing inputs to the students on how they can keep themselves fit during this time.
With the spread of COVID-19, the lockdown in India is on the verge of being extended. Hence, trainees are likely to get assistance from their respective academy through video conferences until things settle down.