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ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: How Cricketers Suffered Cramps, Causes And Prevention

ICC Cricket World Cup 2023: How Cricketers Suffered Cramps, Causes And Prevention
Shubman Gill retired hurt

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 will see a blockbuster final between India and Australia at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on 19th November. It has been a breathtaking tournament with the best two teams to take part in the finals of this edition.

Indian Cricket Team won 10 matches in a row including 9 during the league stage. They will take on 5-time Champions Australia and hope to break the 12-year jinx to win the World Cup at home. On the other hand, Australia lost the first two matches against India and Australia before winning their next 8 matches to qualify for the grand finale.

Cricketers Suffering From Cramps In The Tournament

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 saw various cricketers suffer from cramps and then leave the field. Shubman Gill showed his class by putting pressure on New Zealand bowling. He had to retire hurt during the 23rd over while taking a single and left the field. Gill then returned in the final over as Suryakumar Yadav was dismissed in the final over. He fielded during the New Zealand innings.

Virat Kohli suffered cramps during his record-breaking 50th ODI century. He struggled in the later stages of the innings as he played some brilliant cricket. Daryl Mitchell played a brilliant knock that gave some hope of chasing down 398 but was not able to stand due to severe heat and tried to hit big shots. Ishan Kishan came to stretch his cramps and then Mitchell played some lovely shots.

Glenn Maxwell played one of the best knocks in ODI cricket remaining not out on 201. He battled cramps in the calf, shin, hamstring and toes. He further suffered back spasms and hit stand and deliver shots.

Mohammad Rizwan
Mohammad Rizwan (Credit: Twitter)

Shreyas Iyer also suffered cramps during India’s last league match against Netherlands at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. He scored 126 and took pills for his cramps. Heinrich Klassen struggled with cramps during the match against England at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai where scored a brilliant century that laid a strong foundation for a massive total.

Shubman Gill suffered cramps as an after-effect of dengue. The reason for cramps is neuromuscular fatigue which causes an imbalance between excitatory impulses from muscle and inner muscle that results in localized cramps. Muscles tend to cramp when they are exerted and fatigued due to electrical misfiring. The sports therapist says that cramps could take place due to a lack of blood flow. Narrowing of the arteries that bring blood can cause cramp pains in the leg and feet during exercise.


Prevention of cramps is not possible totally, but sportspersons should drink lots of liquids and exercise right away to avoid these painful cramps. If the athlete suffers cramps during the game, they should do gentle massaging and drink something.

Dr Mayur Ranchordas – a senior lecturer in sports nutrition and exercise metabolism at Sheffield Hallam University, told BBC, “It contains sodium, potassium, and vinegar and the obvious conclusion would be that it replaces sodium and salts lost when playing sport in a hot and humid environment. However, how it works is that it triggers a reflex in the mouth which sends a signal to stop muscles from cramping. That’s why it is drunk at the onset of cramps. It stops cramping 40 per cent faster than drinking water.”

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