Author: Amit SainiPublish Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2022 07:26 PM (IST)Updated Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2022 07:28 PM (IST)
Rajapaksa, who was dropped from the Sri Lanka cricket team due to IPL 2022 fitness issues, now wants to talk to India’s fittest cricketer Virat Kohli, whom he considers to be the Cristiano Ronaldo of cricket.
New Delhi, PTI : Sri Lankan batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa believes that skill is the most important thing for a player, but at the same time feels that it is not possible to survive in modern era cricket without achieving the required fitness standards. Rajapaksa, who was dropped from the national team due to fitness issues, now wants to talk to India’s fittest cricketer Virat Kohli, whom he considers to be the Cristiano Ronaldo of cricket.
Being a part of the IPL could give the 30-year-old Sri Lankan an opportunity to meet the former India captain and he hopes it will benefit him. Rajapaksa announced his international retirement in January 2022 and then withdrew it a week later at the insistence of the authorities. However, he also missed the opportunity to visit India last month due to the same fitness issue. Rajapaksa is confident that spending two months with Punjab Kings will greatly benefit his game and take his fitness to the next level.
Rajapakse said, “IPL is the best league in the world and you get to learn a lot about the game from each and every member of your team. So I am learning a few things from Shikhar Dhawan. I have a good rapport with Mayank Agarwal as we played under-19 together.
Outside the team, Virat Kohli is someone I can talk to and get some advice on fitness. He is on a very different level when it comes to fitness. For me he is definitely the Cristiano Ronaldo of cricket. They are no match when it comes to fitness and skills. He plays so well and you can learn a lot just by talking to him.
Edited By: Viplove Kumar