Fitness has always been a major concern in sports let alone cricket. The Indian cricket team is one of the most balanced sides in the world. Mediocre fielding and inefficiency in catching is nothing new in the team, but when it occurs it is bound to surprise many, owing to the towering fielding standards set by the Blue Army.The Fielding status of the team altogether does not seem rational yet, given that players are in great physical shape. Read more - 'India and Jamaica are brothers': Andre Russell thanks PM Modi for the vaccines
India looked clueless in the third T20 match and the fielding altogether was far below average to Indian standards. India captain Virat Kohli himself admitted that he wasn't too pleased with the body language of the team in the second half of the third T20I against England. Rahul Tewatia and Varun Chakravarty recently failed their fitness tests ahead of the T20I series, Kohli had emphasized that there is no compromise on that ground. Ostensibly, it appears that the skipper does not want to get complacent with the current standards.It's no news to the cricket community that Kohli is quite preoccupied with the fitness aspect, but today he himself stands as an epitome of it. Former India explosive opener Virender Sehwag opens up about it as he narrated an incident from 2011 when the Indian team had toured England and a young Kohli was part of India's Test and limited-overs squads.
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"I last toured England in 2011/12 to play two Test matches. I played one match at The Oval and one in Birmingham. All the county teams that are there, have a chart in their dressing rooms that demonstrate the standards of fitness. I think the fitness standards of this current Indian team have been picked from there," Sehwag said on Cricbuzz. The former Indian captain further revealed that players miserably failed to act upon it despite been overtly excited about it, but somewhere down Kohli's heart, he wanted a change and the current Indian Captain's urge to prioritize fitness embarked from that says Sehwag.
"So I think that is what Virat Kohli has picked. If England had that standard in fitness, we should too. And ever since he's taken over as captain, he's stressed enough on fitness that certain tests should be cleared, and only then can we compete for the best." Sehwag added.
Virat Kohli is arguably the most fastest runner between the wickets today and is undoubtedly one of the finest fielders in the world. It's safe to label him as an one of the prototype of fitness in cricket owing to his majestic resilience and vitality.