Cricket fitness is sometimes taken for granted by a lot of junior cricketers.

Sports require a fundamental level of fitness before building on to a specific level required for the chosen activity. Just like a house needs a foundation before it can be constructed, a cricketer needs a foundation of fitness before he/she can focus on the fitness components required for cricket.

Firstly, what is a cricketer required to do during the duration of a match?

The obvious answer is batting, bowling, fielding, running between wickets and for some, wicket keeping.

However, what happens if these activities are broken down to a more specific level?

Bowlers running up from 15metres away and then walking back to their mark. They may do this 72 times.

Batters may run up and down the wicket 20 to 50 times(allowing for the runs they do for their partner too!)

Fielders, who are not in catching positions, usually walk in with the bowler covering six metres and then go back to their starting point. In a 35 over game this means he/she will cover 2510 metres. Added to this, let’s say that the fielder moves from mid wicket in one over and to mid on the next over and then back again, a distance of 25 metres, he/she will end up moving another 875 metres.

A wicket keeper will change ends 35 times. Assume that on average the keeper stands 5 metres back from the stumps at each end. He/she will move at least 1050 metres and that is not including the times he/she will come up to the stumps after a fielder has returned the ball.

In must be added that during these movements we have not yet considered all the other things that a cricketer will do, like bending his /her back, using arms to hit or throw the ball, lunging forward and many other possible movements.

It is very clear that a cricketer does a lot of work, and the greater his/her fitness is, the easier it will be to complete tasks to the best of each cricketer’s ability. Good fitness means that a player will have the ability to concentrate for a much longer period of time.