“Some Players Are Overweight”: Ex Pakistan Captain Slams India Stars’ Fitness After Loss To Australia In Mohali

The Indian men’s cricket team isn’t looking good and it showed again on Tuesday during the 1st T20I against Australia in Mohali. Just days after their unpredictable exit from the Asian Cup after consecutive losses to Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the Indian team failed to defend a 200-run-plus goal and as a result allowed Australia a 0-1 lead in the three-match series.

Indian fast bowlers had no bite and the fieldwork left a lot to be desired as the players dropped key catches so Australia could easily chase the target.

Speaking of India’s performance, former Pakistani captain Salman Butt cited a lack of fitness and pace as India’s two major problems ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia next month.

“I don’t know if others will talk about this, but in my opinion, Team India’s fitness is not ideal. Apart from people like Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya, fitness is not their forte. Some of the most important and excellent are not excellent at They lack speed in bowling and they don’t take their chances in the field,” Butt said on his YouTube channel.

“KL Rahul dropped a flyout in the field. He seemed so lethargic as he approached the ball. Axar also dropped a flyout in the middle of the wicket. So if you drop catches like that, batters won’t give you another chance. “

“Fast bowling and fitness are worrying signs for India in the run-up to the World Cup,” he added.

Butt came down hard on fitness as Indian players and even mentioned Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant who he believes need to do better on the pitch and also improve their fitness.


“Indian players are the highest paid cricketers in the world. They play the maximum number of matches. Tell me why their fitness is not up to par? If we compare their fitness to other teams like South Africa, Australia and England, the Indians are no match “I would even say that some Asian teams are ahead of India. Some Indian players are overweight. I think they should work on that because they are brilliant cricketers,” Butt said on his YouTube channel.

“Virat Kohli has set an example for others in fitness. Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya are so fit. They are in excellent condition, but there are players like Rohit Sharma, even KL Rahul looked lethargic today, you know, Rishabh Pant. If they are fit, they will become more dangerous cricketers,” he added.

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