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IPL 2022: REJUVENATED Bhanuka Rajapaksa poised to get FITNESS TIPS from Virat Kohli after Sri Lanka axe

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IPL 2022 – Bhanuka Rajapaksa looking for fitness tips from Virat Kohli – Skills “come first” for Bhanuka Rajapaksa but the Sri Lankan batter has realised that survival in modern-day cricket is not possible without attaining required fitness standards. Dropped from the national team over fitness issues, Rajapaksa now wants to have a conversation with a supremely-fit Virat Kohli, who he calls the ‘Cristiano Ronaldo of cricket’. Follow IPL 2022 LIVE Updates with InsideSport.IN

Out to prove fitness – Being part of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the 30-year-old Lankan can have that opportunity to meet the former India skipper and hopefully turn the tide having endured a dramatic start to the year 2022.The 30-year-old announced his international retirement this January and withdrew it a week later on the insistence of authorities. However, he still missed the plane to India due to the same fitness issues, last month. Rajapaksa is sure that the two-month long stint with Punjab Kings would benefit his game immensely and take his fitness to the next level.

IPL 2022: REJUVENATED Bhanuka Rajapaksa posied to get FITNESS TIPS from Virat Kohli after Sri Lanka axe

Statement of intent – “IPL is the best league in the world and with every teammate of yours you get to learn a lot about the game, so I am loving picking the brains of Shikhar Dhawan. I get along very well with Mayank Agarwal as we played U-19 together,” Rajapaksa told PTI in an interview.

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“Outside of the team, Virat Kohli is always someone I could speak to and get some advice on fitness. He’s at another different level when it comes to fitness.

IPL 2022: REJUVENATED Bhanuka Rajapaksa posied to get FITNESS TIPS from Virat Kohli after Sri Lanka axe

Match-winning knock against RCB – Rajapaksa feels he is now doing “all the right things” as he looks to extend his international career by at least three to four years. He scored a match-winning 43 off 22 balls against RCB on his IPL debut on Sunday. With Jonny Bairstow yet to join the squad, the soft-spoken Sri Lankan wants to make the most of the opportunities that come his way over the course of 14 games.

Capable squad – Talking about the Punjab Kings unit, the Sri Lankan feels the team has a ‘proper squad’ full of power-hitters who can take the franchise to its IPL maiden title.

IPL 2022: REJUVENATED Bhanuka Rajapaksa posied to get FITNESS TIPS from Virat Kohli after Sri Lanka axe

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