XtraTime Web Desk: India cricketer Jasprit Bumrah has sparked a controversy by undergoing his rehabilitation under Delhi Capitals trainer Rajnikanth Sivagnanam. The Indian pace spearhead did not go to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for his rehab as is the general rule for any injured Indian cricketer.
Interestingly, Rajnikanth is the same person who had been rejected for the position of Strength and Conditioning Coach back in August and the job was handed to Nick Webb under the Committee of Administrators (CoA). The panel for conducting practical exams consisted of the national selectors and Ranadeep Moitra – owner of the Endorphins Gym in Kolkata. And they placed Webb and Luke Woodhouse over Rajnikanth.
Bumrah’s importance in the Indian set-up is pretty well known and sources in the know of developments told IANS that even the Indian team management didn’t wish to take any chance with his recovery post the stress fracture on his back and that is why he was sent to the UK for consultation.
This isn’t the first case of India players refusing to head to the NCA for rehab and trainer across the country believe that it is the result of having trainers who are picked on reasons other than pure merit.
Another trainer who was among those who had written to joint secretary Jayesh George recently about the indiscrimination faced by the domestic trainers said that even international certification has been ignored when recruitment has been done.