UP brings in Dutch 'flavoured' fitness pack

Fitness trainers, Behrooz Tanori and Hung Nguyen, from Amsterdam are in Kanpur these days to conduct a special 14-day training session with Uttar Pradesh cricketers.

Suresh Raina with Behrooz Tanori (left) and Hung Nguyen.   -  Special arrangement

Those who follow Suresh Raina on Instagram may find these two faces quite familiar. But then, Behrooz Tanori and Hung Nguyen are not exactly the known names in Indian cricket circuit.

The two fitness trainers from Amsterdam, however, are in Kanpur these days to conduct a special 14-day training session with Uttar Pradesh cricketers.

The camp, which began at the Green Park Stadium on Thursday morning, saw the State’s two international stars — Suresh Raina and Praveen Kumar — attending the session, which aims to help the cricketers improve fitness level and change the mind-set ahead of the domestic season.

“This is our first stint with an Indian cricket side. We plan to develop on the endurance of the cricketers and also assess the overall development before the season begins,” Behrooz told Sportstar from Kanpur.

Changing mindset

The fitness trainer, who worked with Raina in Amsterdam for nearly 12 weeks, was approached by the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) to conduct a pre-season camp with the players.

“I have trained under Behrooz in Amsterdam and those stints actually brought about a change,” Raina told Sportstar, explaining the reason behind bringing the duo to India.

“I thought it would be a nice experience for the cricketers of Uttar Pradesh. Many cricketers come from areas where high-quality training is not always available. This will help them change the mindset,” Raina said.

“Those sessions in Amsterdam changed my approach and the mind-set. This 14-day camp will help the other cricketers as well.”

If Behrooz plans to improve the endurance and fitness level of the cricketers, Hung — who has worked with some of the athletes and footballers of The Netherlands — believes that fitness depends a lot on mind-set and lifestyle.

“In Holland, we all are into sports from an early age, that’s why, most of them are aware of a healthy lifestyle. It is important to be disciplined and set goals,” Hung said.

During his current stint with the UP cricketers, he plans to guide them on how to live a healthy lifestyle and maintain proper regime to attain fitness.

“I will be interacting with the players in the next few days, and hopefully, they will benefit from it,” Hung said.

Before commencing the training camp on Thursday, the duo met UPCA chief Rajeev Shukla in New Delhi. Getting the services of foreign trainers and coaches isn’t new in Indian cricket. But it’s not often that a Ranji Trophy team brings in overseas fitness coaches to energise the players ahead of the season.

Uttar Pradesh has shown the way. Time for other associations to follow the suit?