The Indian cricketer Virat Kohli is certainly one of the fittest sportspersons of the world and he is an inspiration for many of us. The former England cricketer Michael Vaughan also seems to be a fan of Virat Kohli’s fitness as he has advised the England cricketers to look at Virat Kohli and understand what level of fitness is required for ODIs.
The England cricket team which is the defending champions as well failed to make any impact in this ODI World Cup tournament as it could win only 3 matches out of 9 in league matches and ended the tournament at the 7th position in the points table. There is no denying the fact that the English cricket team has some big names of the cricket world including skipper Jos Buttler, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Liam Livingstone, etc. but none of these players could rise to the occasion and left English cricket fans hurt and dejected.
While writing a column for a leading daily, the former England cricketer Michael Vaughan wrote that the carefree attitude of these Bazball cricketers may be fine in test matches but ODI demands more fitness as players need to run a lot between the wickets and on the field as well. He referred to Virat Kohli and said that the Indian cricketer runs for four hours on the field and then he bats for 3-4 hours because of which he is able to mastermind the chase.
The England cricket team didn’t look as if they were the defending champions because they even lost a match to Afghanistan and cricket experts felt that they came unprepared for the tournament.
Michael Vaughan further laid emphasis on fitness and asked the management of the England cricket team to set benchmarks in fitness. He added that fitness is very important for discipline and it shows that a person is looking after himself. Michael Vaughan wrote that cricket is a running game and he hoped that the team management works behind the scenes and ensures that they don’t march towards old-school days.
What do you think? Will ECB listen to Michael Vaughan?