Dropped from SL group, Rajapaksa seeks assembly with Kohli to take health to subsequent stage By Bharat Sharma
Expertise come first for Bhanuka Rajapaksa however the Sri Lankan batsman has realised that survival in modern-day cricket just isn’t doable with out attaining required health requirements.
Dropped from the nationwide group over health points, Rajapaksa now needs to have a dialog with a supremely-fit Virat Kohli, who he calls the Cristiano Ronaldo of cricket.
Being a part of the IPL, the 30-year-old Lankan can have that chance to fulfill the previous India skipper and hopefully flip the tide having endured a dramatic begin to yr 2022.
The 30-year-old introduced his worldwide retirement this January and withdrew it per week afterward the insistence of authorities. Nevertheless, he nonetheless missed the airplane to India as a result of identical health points, final month.
Rajapaksa is certain that the two-month-long stint with Punjab Kings would profit his sport immensely and take his health to the subsequent stage.
“IPL is one of the best league on this planet and with each teammate of yours you get to study loads concerning the sport, so I’m loving choosing the brains of Shikhar Dhawan. I get alongside very properly with Mayank Agarwal as we performed U-19 collectively,” Rajapaksa mentioned.
“Outdoors of the group Virat Kohli is at all times somebody I might communicate to and get some recommendation on health. He is at one other completely different stage in relation to health.
“To me, he’s the Cristiano Ronaldo of cricket for positive. The work he places in you’ll be able to clearly see the outcomes. You may examine him to anybody when it comes health and even expertise clever. He performs so onerous and you’ll study loads by speaking to him,” he mentioned.
On the ‘health versus expertise’ debate, Rajapaksa has a transparent view.
“As a participant you want your health however it could possibly be completely different from individual to individual. For me, in fact, talent comes first. After which the health, however if you’re not match sufficient you undoubtedly cannot carry out.
“I am really working onerous on my health. Every time I get a free day I hit the gymnasium early within the morning. That there are some health necessities to symbolize the nation and with health, my worldwide profession could be longer.
“I am hoping to play for the subsequent three to 4 years at the least and do one of the best for the nation as a result of after my resignation I needed to withdraw it again as a result of I had a few conversations with the technical committee and the Sports activities Minister as properly. They needed me to rethink my retirement and I made a decision to withdraw it,” he mentioned.
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Revealed on: Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 05:15 PM IST