For someone who wasn't satisfied with his body early in his career, Virat Kohli, now, has arguably become the face of fitness in the Indian cricket team. Watching his diet and sweating it out in the gym, Kohli has transformed himself into a vital asset for Team India, with his fitness levels on par with other top-class athletes, even other than cricket. It was Kohli's stress on the need to gain adequate fitness levels which eventually sparked a revolution in the Indian team which is now one of the most athletic sides in international cricket. But, while Kohli can surely be credited for kickstarting a fitness revolution amongst his teammates, he, despite his chiselled physique and unmatched work ethic, is not the fastest man in the Indian dressing room. It's Ravindra Jadeja instead.
Often labelled as the best fielder in world cricket, Jadeja needs no introduction when it comes to brilliance in the field. Whether it's converting singles into doubles, diving full length to stop the ball or hitting the stumps with perfection, Jadeja is an asset many cricket teams can only dream of.November 25, 2019
While Jadeja's athleticism is well documented, his ability to outrun his Team India mates was testified by captain Kohli following their conditioning session. Taking to Twitter, the Indian captain shared a picture of himself in the company of Jadeja and Rishabh Pant, and captioned it: "Love group conditioning sessions. And when Jaddu is in the group, it's almost impossible to outrun him". On the other hand, India continue to dominate their home season and currently occupy the top spot in the ICC World Test Championship table with 360 points, well ahead of the second-placed Australia. The Kohli-led brigade began their World Test Championship campaign with a 2-0 whitewash in West Indies and carried their fine form to the home season where they crushed South Africa and, more recently, Bangladesh.
While the Indian pace battery have undoubtedly emerged as a positive for India's recent success at home, Jadeja has also made his mark in the role of India's No. 6 batsman. The Saurashtra all-rounder scored three fifty-plus scores, including a knock of 91 runs, in five matches batting higher up the order. And, his batting position further allows Kohli to be flexible with his team selection. After cutting Bangladesh a sorry figure with a 2-0 whitewash in the recently-concluded Test series, Team India will now host West Indies in three Twenty20 (T20) Internationals and a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series, slated to begin from 6th December in Hyderabad.