Sri Lankan cricketer Bhanuka Rajapaksa revealed his intentions of learning from Virat Kohli and his fitness regime, claiming that the Indian batter is comparable to the footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo when it comes to working ethic.
Kohli has changed the fitness standards in the Indian team quite dramatically and he is easily one of the fittest cricketers going around. Having observed him, Rajapaksa intends to get better in that aspect, having gone through fitness struggles of his own.
“Outside of the team, Virat Kohli is always someone I could speak to and get some advice on fitness. He’s at another different level when it comes to fitness. To me, he is the Cristiano Ronaldo of cricket for sure.”
“The work he puts in you can obviously see the results. You can compare him to anyone when it comes to fitness or even skills-wise. He plays so hard and you can learn a lot by talking to him,” Rajapaksa told PTI in an interview.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa is looking to get fitter and play international cricket for Sri Lanka
Recently, Rajapaksa was left out of the Sri Lanka squad because of his poor fitness. He announced his retirement from international cricket but upon being asked to, he reversed his decision and is now looking to break into the Lankan national team.
“As a player, you need your fitness but it could be different from person to person. For me, of course, skill comes first. And then the fitness, but if you are not fit enough you definitely can’t perform. I’m actually working hard on my fitness. Whenever I get a free day I hit the gym early in the morning.”
“That there are some fitness requirements to represent the country and with fitness, my international career would be longer. I’m hoping to play for the next three to four years at least and do the best for the country because after my resignation I had to withdraw it back because I had a couple of conversations with the technical committee and the Sports Minister as well. They wanted me to reconsider my retirement and I decided to withdraw it,” Rajapaksa added.