1. VIRAT KOHLI
When it comes to fitness, nobody can beat Mr Consistent 27-year-old, 5’9’’ Virat Kolhi, the current captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore. With 91.90 as average run rate, highest by any batsman in this year’s IPL, he has become the first batsman ever in IPL to score 900 runs. He hits gym five days a week to keep him fit and observes strict diet plan to keep off any flab. He has been voted as the fittest player in the most coveted cricket league in the world. Kohli who is current captain of the Indian team in test cricket and vice-captain in limited overs format, is also strict disciplinarian.
2. MS DHONI
Say ‘fitness’ and the first cricketer that comes to mind is Captain Cool Mahender Singh Dhoni. This 34-year-old, 5’9’’ Rising Pune Superigants captain is master of multitasking. He is a skipper par excellence and so is his sterling performance as wicket-keeper. Known as an accomplished finisher, Dhoni is famous for his helicopter shot. He is indeed an inspiration to entire new generation of cricketers who, like him, ardently believe that one who doesn’t hit gym can’t be a hit a ground too.
3. ABRAHAM BENJAMIN DE VILLIERS (ABD)
This 32-year-old, 5’11’’ South African captain for one-day and test matches, plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL. He is known for his unbeatable batting prowess and is popularly known as Mr. 360 implying that he can hit stroke in any direction and yes any time at his own sweet will. ABD is a born athlete who is equally well versed with rugby, golf and tennis. It is reflected in his all round performance on the ground where he is considered as one of the best fielders and wicketkeepers too. He is known internationally for great catching skills, a strong accurate arm and swift running between the wickets. ABD is a full package across the game, technically and mentally and to carry it forward he believes in highest order of fitness and conditioning and does everything to achieve it too.
4. SURESH RAINA
Suresh Raina, took to gym at a later stage, but this 28-year-old, 5’8’’ captain of Gujarat Lions has never looked back since then. Once when asked about his fitness mantra, Raina shot back – “ I am doing everything to be fit like not eating oily food, doing yoga, gymming and consulting my doctor every now and then….I have to do all this if I have to remain fit.” He believes that unless you practice your strokes right, even best of fitness can’t help you. Occupying top slot in IPL so far, He has emerged as master strategist as the captain of Gujarat Lions. It could be partially luck but yes credit goes to his meditation also that help him evolve match after match.
5. CHRIS GAYLE
This 36-year-old, 6’2’’, hugely popular Royal Challengers Bangalore master skipper from West Indies has already become a legend of sorts. This West Indian giant is considered to be one of the fittest players ever to play cricket. No wonder when he says that his success mantra is – ‘working out’ in gym with equipments and ‘sweating out’ in nets. He is not considered to be most athletic on the ground but when he is in form, he can tear the bowlers apart with his powerful batting. Though not known for great cricketing technique, he is certainly known for his “Gayle Storms”, incessant shower of runs through his power-packed batting.
6. DWAYNE BRAVO
Better known as DJ Bravo, this 32-year-old, 5’9’’ super player from Gujarat Lions has been apple of cricket fans’ eyes not only for his cricketing skills, but singing skills as well. No wonder his rendition of the ‘Champion’ song ‘DJ Bravo’ at IPL – 2016 opening ceremony made him instant sensation. He is first bowler to scalp 300 wickets in 20-20 cricket, surpassing Lasith Malinga’s record of 299. He is equally good with batting as well. Undoubtedly, his judicious overall performance has helped Gujarat Lions to rise to the top of IPL list swiftly. ous
7. DALE STEYN
This 33-year-old, 5’10’’, Gujarat Lions’ pacer from South Africa is considered as one of the most aggressive fast bowlers of present era. Inspired by Lees and Akhtars, Dale graduated from express to express world class bowler in a remarkable way thereby lifting the status of his home team South Africa to a whole new level. His vivacious stamina could be gauged from a simple fact that he generates same ferocity of speed in slog overs that he generates in the opening overs. He is considered as one of the most dangerous strike bowlers as he mixes his pace with accuracy with swing in a most deadly fashion and leaves batsman gasping for room.
8. MITCHELL GUY JOHNSON
This 34-year-old, 6’2’’ left-arm fast bowler and left handed batsman from Australia is a jewel in the crown for Kings IX Punjab team. Johnson had a career threatening injury but this speedster took the setback in his stride as an opportunity and returned to ground as a super-fit cricketer. The Australian speedster has been super fit after returning from his career-threatening injury. He received training under Australia’s Special Air Service Regiment, where he was put to rigorous exercise regime.
9. ROHIT GURUNATH SHARMA
This 29-year-old, 5’9’’ captain of Mumbai Indians contributed immensely to the success of his team in IPL. Known as one-man-army, his team’s fate was directly related to his performance. When he clicked, his team clicked when he failed, his team failed. Remember Kolkata match when Rohit Sharma chased 188 run target set by Kolkata Knight Riders effortlessly and shot 84 run off just 54 balls to take his team to next level. Rohit had suffered a hamstring injury some time back, but he did not lose heart and returned to field with renewed vigor. Taking inspiration from cricketers like MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, he took to gym at a later stage, but his lean mean look confirms that he is serious about it and not going to leave it anytime soon.
10. SHANE WATSON
This six feet tall, 34-year-old Australian all-rounder (right-handed batsman and right-handed fast-medium swing bowler) is considered to be an asset by Royal Challengers Bangalore team. Watson had a bad patch when he broke down 12 times in six month with hamstring, back and other injuries but things improved when his fitness trainer designed a different strategy and asked him to spend less time in the gym and more time doing Pilates and stretching exercises. It reduced his flab and allowed him to take better control over his body. Since then, Watson has never looked back. Her sterling performance in IPL stands witness to it.