BCCI selector Ajit Agarkar heaps praises on Virat Kohli’s fitness benchmark

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BCCI chairman of selectors Ajit Agarkar highlighted the far-reaching impact of Virat Kohli’s fitness program on Indian cricket, noting its pervasive influence. Agarkar emphasized Kohli’s unmatched ability, despite being 35 years old, to excel in the most demanding fitness routines.

Ajit Agarkar lauds Virat Kohli’s fitness for influencing the younger players

Agarkar, a former Indian all-rounder, highlighted Kohli’s fitness as a key factor in his successful career. He noted that Kohli, who made his India debut in 2008, has only gotten fitter over the years. This fitness level, according to Agarkar, has played a significant role in shaping the future of Indian cricket.

Kohli’s fitness regime and discipline have indeed set a new standard in the sport. His commitment to maintaining his physical condition has not only benefited his performance but also influenced the younger generation of cricketers. Agarkar pointed out that today’s young cricketers at the age of 15-16 are a lot fitter than they were in the past, thanks to the awareness, knowledge, and facilities available.

“You look at guys like Virat (Kohli), he is one of those guys who set the benchmark. 10-15 years into his career, he has only got fitter, you can see the results. If someone like him sets an example and puts forward certain things that you need or certain fitness levels that you need, gradually it progresses across the ecosystem. Gradually it has progressed (to the younger generation). The one difference you have seen over the last 15-20 years or so is the fitness levels of players,” said Agarkar on SportifywithPRG.

Ajit Agarkar
Ajit Agarkar

Agarkar’s praise comes amid debates over Kohli’s place in India’s T20 World Cup 2024 squad. Despite having played just two T20Is for India since November of 2022, Kohli is well on board for the T20 World Cup and in BCCI’s scheme of things. His current performance in the 2024 Indian Premier League for Royal Challengers Bengaluru, where he is leading the Orange Cap standings with 316 runs from five matches at an average of 105 and strike rate of 146, further attests to his fitness and form.

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