New Delhi. The Cricket Association of Bengal has said that the players of the Bengal U-23 team have decided to take training from the Indian Army at Fort William for mental and physical strength. . In a video shared by the state association, Under-23 prospects were seen training under the supervision of Army officers at Eastern Command at Fort William. Prospective players will train in two groups over a 10-day session. U-23 coach Laxmi Ratan Shukla said, “We requested the army men here and they immediately agreed to help the cricketers.”
Former India player Laxmi Ratan Shukla said, “I have always believed that skill can always be worked on. But mental strength and physical training have to be increased. The former Bengal captain said that mental strength is what motivates a batsman or bowler to complete a tough session. Who better than the Indian Army to make the players stronger in this?
Laxmi Ratan Shukla has been appointed as the Under-23 coach of Bengal only last month. As soon as he became the coach, Shukla has implemented strict rules for the players. This includes staying away from social media and cutting long hair. Apart from this, players will have to learn Bengali to maintain team cohesion. Shukla, who has played 3 ODIs and IPL for India, has returned to cricket after six years of joining politics.
The all-rounder had retired from all cricket in 2016 to join the Trinamool Congress. Shukla became an MLA from Howrah (North) and later served as Sports Minister, but he resigned from the post earlier this year.