NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli has been by far India’s fittest cricketer and evidenced by a BCCI report which revealed that at least 23 Indian cricketers under central contract except the former skipper , needed a visit to the National Cricket Academy (CNA) for rehabilitation in the 2021-22 season for one injury or another.
The report prepared by the CEO of BCCI Hemang Amine details the work done at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and over the past season.
“A total of 96 complex injuries out of 70 players were treated by the NCA medical team during this period,” according to the report.
Out of 70 players, 23 belonged to the senior Indian team, 25 to India A/Targeted, one to India U-19, seven to the senior women’s team and 14 to the United States.
The 23 centrally contracted players included skipper Rohit Sharma (hamstring), assistant KL Rahul (post-hernia surgery), Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Agarwal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshear Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Axar Patel and Wriddhiman Saha.
According to an insider, Kohli has never in the past year needed to check in at the Bengaluru Center of Excellence for injury or fitness related issues.
“To be fair, a lot of those injuries were on the pitch. Some were unlucky with broken bones (Surya). Some had multiple issues at different times.
“But you have to give it to Kohli’s fitness which he’s handled so well he’s never had any hamstring or muscle injuries, mainly because of the type of fitness work he does all throughout the year,” a BCCI source said.
To add some context, the several players who needed rehab were 10 years younger than Kohli and had long stretches of various types of injury layoffs.
The list included youngsters like Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Venkatesh Iyer, KS Bharat, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan, Karthik Tyagi, Navdeep Saini and Rahul Chahar.
In 2018, Kohli had developed a back-related issue (herniated disc) which prevented him from playing Surrey County cricket but since then he has handled it well and is still the fittest senior Indian player in the game. Park.



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