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Virat Kohli maintains the highest fitness standards as 23 of his colleagues checked into NCA for rehab in the 2021-22 season | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli was by far the strongest Indian cricketer and testimony to this is a BCCI report which showed that at least 23 centrally contracted Indian cricketers, in addition to the former skipper, visited the National Cricket Academy (NBA) for rehabilitation in the 2021-22 season for some kind of injury.
The report prepared by the CEO of BCCI Heman Amin describes the work done at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and over the past season.
“During this period, a total of 96 complex injuries to 70 players have been treated by the NCA’s medical team,” the report said.
Of the 70 players, 23 were from India’s senior team, 25 from India A/Targeted, one from India U-19, seven from the senior women’s team and 14 from states.
The 23 centrally contracted players included skipper Rohit Sharma (hamstring), his deputy KL Rahul (after 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 had to check in with Bengaluru’s Center of Excellence for injuries or fitness-related issues in the past year.
“To be fair, a lot of these injuries were on the pitch. Some were unlucky with fractures (Surya). Some had multiple problems at different times.
“But you have to give it to Kohli’s fitness that he’s managed himself so well that he’s never had any hamstring or muscle-related injuries, mainly because of the kind of fitness work he does year-round,” said a BCCI source.
To add a bit of context, the various players who needed rehab were 10 years younger than Kohli and had extended periods of different types of injury layoffs.
The list included youths 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 a back related problem (hernia) which prevented him from playing cricket for Surrey but since then he has managed well and is still the strongest senior Indian player in the park.

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