Fitness is a substantial parameter in order to represent the national cricket team. Back in those days, cricketers were selected based on their skills and fitness was not the top-most priority. If at all fitness was the priority then Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar wouldn’t have graced the game.
However, as the years progressed, the cricket fraternity has seen players getting injured quite often. This is the main reason why the cricket bodies of all nations decided to introduce a fitness test which is so-called the yo to test. Players need to clear this test in order to feature in the national team.
Earlier, Indian limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma was body-shamed for sporting healthy waistlines. The 33-year-old stalwart gained weight during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. The Indian team management didn’t pick him in the limited-overs series against Australia.
Rohit Sharma won the fifth IPL title as captain and after that, he flew to the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru to work on his fitness. After passing the test, he was allowed to join the team. So, it doesn’t matter how big a player is, if one fails to clear the fitness test, he shall not be a part of the team.
There are plenty of fittest cricketers in the world right now. In this article, we have picked the top 5 fittest cricketers.
5. Kagiso Rabada
South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has been one of the crucial cogs of the national team set-up. The 25-year-old is known for subtle bowling variations of lines and length. He is one of the best young pacers in the world right now.
The cricket fraternity has seen Rabada troubling world-class batsmen with a searing pace. Earlier, in an interview, the right-arm quick expressed that he relishes being fit as it helps enhance his self-confidence and mental strength.
The South African international took 284 wickets in 82 Test innings, 119 wickets in 75 ODIs and 31 wickets in 26 T20Is. His best bowling figures in Tests, ODIs and T20Is are 7/112, 6/16 and 3/30 respectively.