Exclusive: Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan train hard in France!
With an eye out on achieving the pinnacle of physical fitness and another on regaining a spot in the national team, India's Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan have been training hard in Brive-La-Gaillarde Area.<br><br>Check out these exclusive images from this market town south central France.
With an eye out on achieving the pinnacle of physical fitness and another on regaining a spot in the national team, India's Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan have been training hard in Brive-La-Gaillarde Area.
Check out these exclusive images from this market town south central France.
The two cricketers have been training under Tim Exeter - a high performance coach from Britain who has trained several top athletes including footballer Ryan Giggs and the Welsh football team.
48-year-old Exeter trains sportspersons to achieve maximum physical ability for professional sports.
Both Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan have been struggling with physical wear and tear. They became the first cricketers to come under Exeter's guidance.
Yuvraj made a heroic comeback to the national side after battling cancer.
He however is yet to be in top-notch physical shape but has hardly lost the desire to be in one.
Although his last international match was against England in January (at Dharamsala), he remains committed to wearing the national jersey.
Similarly, Zaheer too has not figured in the Indian side since the Kolkata Test vs England in December last year.
With the tour to South Africa coming up later this year, his contribution can prove to be valuable.
Rahul Dravid recently lauded Zaheer and said his experience can help India in South Africa but 'the Board must be firm that he is fit.'
Both players now are sweating it out to justify a place in the Indian team.
They train for five hours a day, six days a week.
The training regime includes indoor as well as outdoor exercises.
In addition to training at the academy, both cricketers also have beach training at the Lac De Causse rowing course, a two-hour drive from here.
According to Exeter, Yuvraj currently weighs 95 kilograms - a number largely due to his powerful leg muscle development.
He describes Yuvi as 'laidback' but extremely intense on the inside.
Zaheer, according to Exeter, is 'self analytical' and target oriented.
The 34-year-old has lost 5 kilograms and weighs in at under 90.
Zaheer is seen here during his training session at the beach.
Image courtesy: Zaheer Khan's official Twitter account.
The focus of the entire training is mainly on speed and movement, in order to make the two players more agile.
And it surely seems, looking at this picture of Yuvraj, that at the end of all the sweat, pain and struggle, fitness truly has no substitute.