“Youngsters must learn from Kohli about fitness” – Gautam Gambhir
By SMCS - Dec 14, 2023 11:52 am
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Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has urged cricket experts to stop giving terms like passion, energy, and dedication only with a couple of players like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the Indian team. According to Gambhir, all the players play with the same passion and dedication for the national team.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Both Kohli and Rohit earned plenty of praise for their performance in the 2023 ODI World Cup at home in October-November. The two players were the top two highest run-getters in the competition with 765 and 597 runs, respectively. He also gave the example of how Shreyas Iyer has tackled his short ball problem as well.

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In an interaction with Sportskeeda, Gambhir said, “People talk a lot about passion, energy and dedication. All players in the dressing room have the same passion and dedication. No one has less passion or dedication. Wrong to say that only about Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma. All players who play for India will have dedication.”

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Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma

“Yes, Kohli has worked a lot on his fitness and I would also urge the upcoming players to work on their fitness. It is something which is in your hands. Youngsters must learn from Kohli about fitness,” Gambhir commented. “Everyone works on their game. Shreyas Iyer has also worked hard on the short ball. No one talks about it. He has worked hard and every player does it.”

“Honestly, I didn’t do anything which I shouldn’t have done. People don’t need to talk about it too much. The reason why I gave it was that when I came into the team as a youngster, I would have expected the same from my seniors. The first hundred is always very special. We were chasing 300-plus and were 20/2 at Eden Gardens after Sachin and Sehwag got out. Virat had played a wonderful knock in that match. I wanted to make a young cricketer’s first hundred memorable,” Gautam Gambhir concluded.