Indian Premier League is just two days away from getting underway. Mumbai Indians will lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 9. The match will kick off at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Meanwhile, cricketers have been training really hard in the practice session. All teams are prepping for the next season. Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings are the three teams who are yet to win a title.
For the first time in the history of the Indian Premier League, there will no home advantage to any of the teams. It remains to be seen which team will come out on top this time around.
Amid increasing number of coronavirus cases in India, the tournament will be played behind closed doors. Case in point, players are keeping themselves in good shape such that they don’t encounter minor injuries during the season.
So, in this scenario, fitness factor comes into play. The more the players are fit the better they are away from picking up injuries. In this article, we will take a look at fittest player from each team.
1. Kagiso Rabada
Kagido Rabada plies his trade for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. Usually, pacers are prone to injuries but Rabada is one of the fittest players in the world. The South African pacer ended the 2020 season as the leading wicket-taker with 30 wickets in 17 games.
2. Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey is the fittest player in the Sunrisers Hyderabad team. The right-handed batsman has been the mainstay of SRH’s batting unit for quite a long time. He is an acrobatic fielder where he has taken flying catches. He has even surpassed Virat Kohli in yo-yo fitness test earlier.
3. Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes is easily the fittest player in England. The England international’s work rate has never been in doubt. He is known for his sheer grit, mental power and stamina. The all-rounder played 8 games for Rajasthan Royals in the last season. He scored 285 runs and took 2 wickets.
4. Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja is arguably the fittest player in Chennai Super Kings. The Indian all-rounder has been a livewire on the field and has saved many runs for the side. The 32-year-old has impressed everyone in terms of taking catches, effecting sharp run-outs and so on.
5. Virat Kohli
If being fit is an art, then Virat Kohli is a Picasso of it. India and RCB captain has been very much particular about his fitness. He is one of the fittest players in the world. His incredible fitness regime transformed into a world-class batsman.
6. Pat Cummins
There is a saying that fast bowlers are prone to injuries since they run fast in the build-up to their bowling. However, Pat Cummins has proved time and again that he is one of the fittest cricketers. KKR roped him for INR 15.5 crores in the last season. His fitness standard is right at the top.
7. Trent Boult
People don’t often talk about Trent Boult’s fitness. In fact, his fitness level is right at the top of the Mumbai Indians’ camp. It’s because of his fitness, he featured in a majority of the games. He played 15 games in the last season where he took as many as 25 wickets to his name.
8. KL Rahul
Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul is the fittest player in his team. The Karnataka cricketer’s fitness is right at the top as he is one of the fastest runners between the wickets. The 28-year-old won the orange cap in the last season. He scored 670 runs in 14 games including 1 century and 5 fifties at an average of 55.83. Rahul registered his best score of 132* against RCB.