Virat Kohli says fast bowlers with their workload come close to footballers; here's why

In a recent conversation, he revealed the impact of football and footballers on cricket.
Virat Kohli says fast bowlers with their workload come close to footballers; here's whyKohli added that the fast bowlers with their workload come close to the footballers. (Photo: Getty)
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Indian captain Virat Kohli is known for maintaining strict fitness levels. He has set a certain benchmark for other players in the side to follow and the team has benefitted from this. In some of the recent interviews, he spoke about how he manages his diet and training and in a recent conversation, he reveals the impact of football and footballers on cricket.

“We always look up to footballers for their discipline. It’s a requirement of the sport that you need to be at your absolute best to be able to take the field. Football players are very particular about professionalism, in terms of physical preparation, nutrition and rest periods. We learn a lot from them,” Kohli told Times of India.

However, the skipper added that the fast bowlers with their workload come close to the footballers.

“ In cricket, the fitness level requirement is not as high (as football). But if you strive to be as fit as footballers, then you do things at a different level in cricket. That’s what we look forward to. If we take our fitness level higher, we will perform at another level. Footballers are way fitter than cricketers,” he further added.

India will next take on South Africa in a 3-match Test series. The side received a huge blow when Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the series owing to a stress fracture. He was replaced in the squad by Umesh Yadav.

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