Heinrich Klaasen is one of the cricket players who were positive for the coronavirus. Although most think that athletes do not have more serious symptoms, Klaasen has denied many. "It was a difficult two months," Klaasen told an online press conference in Lahore on Tuesday, as quoted by criccbuz "The first 16 or 17 days I couldn't really do much.
I was very ill. The problem came with the fact that I couldn't start exercising. Or I could start exercising again, but I couldn't run 20 or 30 metres, or do anything for two or three minutes without day my heart rate going up too high.
In addition to the physical consequences that he had in the form of poor fitness, fatigue and inability to perform activities that he had before, there were also mental problems. "There are protocols that one has to follow to be able to rebuild your workload, but I could not stick to that programme.
It is a very simple programme where you exercise for 10 or 15 minutes a day and [perform exercises] like walking 200 metres." "It took me a long time to just get my heart rate under control so that I could exercise at least a little bit without getting past the phase where it is too dangerous.
It was mentally very difficult to just have to sit at home for two months. I could do nothing."
He seems to be ready
However, it seems that the situation is much better now and that he can play cricket again as he used to and that he feels ready.
"Later I at least had a weekend in the bush where I could get away from it all and get a fresh head before we had to come here. For the last three weeks, I have been able to train really hard with Mandla [Mashimbyi, the Titans coach].
I'm on track, I'm fit and I'm safe, and I can at least play cricket again." When asked about his form, he replied: "It's difficult to tell you how my form is," Klaasen said. "We'll probably see after these three games, but I'm hitting the ball very nicely."
Although his team is not playing well, he has supported his team "We are by no means a second-string T20 side. Yes, we do have a couple of guys who are normally in the squad but are not here. But that's due to the way we're playing during Covid."