India star batsman Virat Kohli lauds Roger Federer's longevity

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India captain Virat Kohli has lauded the way Roger Federer has extended his career, winning Grand Slams at the age of 36 while ensuring he spends enough time with family and enjoying his personal life.

Kohli is currently on a break from cricket, missing from the ongoing T20 series in Sri Lanka as his workload came into focus. The India skipper is the team’s premier batsman and plays all formats, which combined with his tremendous fitness regimen, has started to put undue strain on his body.

During a promotional event in Mumbai, Kohli admitted he needs to be careful about how he manages his workload.
“Physically, I had a few niggles, I am just getting over those. The workload has started to disagree with me a little bit. I have to be very careful about how I go forward with my body, my mind, my cricket,” Kohli said.Kohli admires the way Federer has his priorities in order, which has allowed the Swiss great to continue his winning ways at the highest level. Federer took a break from the clay season in 2017 and has since added the Wimbledon and Australian Open titles to his trophy cabinet.

“When he plays, it’s so beautiful,” Kohli, 29, said. “He has a family now, priorities set, he takes time out of the game without worrying about opinions and criticism of people and then he comes in and wins Grand Slams.
“At 36, he is defying all logic and that’s something I totally love. I hate following the norm and he is someone who is breaking barriers on a daily basis and I have huge respect for him.”

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India captain Virat Kohli admits heavy workload has started to take a toll on his body

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India captain Virat Kohli said a heavy workload across all three formats has started to put a strain on his body.

The 29-year-old has featured in 25 Tests, 42 ODIs and 27 T20Is, apart from representing his IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore, since the beginning of 2016.

Keeping India’s tour of England and Australia later this year in mind, the selection panel had decided to give Kohli rest for the ongoing Nidahas Trophy being played between India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

“Physically, I had a few niggles, I am just getting over those. The workload has started to disagree with me a little bit. I have to be very careful about how I go forward with my body, my mind, my cricket,” Kohli said at a promotional event in Mumbai.

Kohli said breaks are very important as they allow him to remain fresh for major assignments.

“Times like these are very important going ahead. I am totally enjoying it. My body really needed this. Although I am keeping a track of the games, I do not watch matches right now and feel like I want to be on the field because I have started to listen to my body.

“And when I am done with this period, obviously in the IPL I will be coming out fresh. I will be mentally in a better place on the field. I have been on the road for a long, long time. I have hardly missed any games. You need to pay respect to your body as well at times and this phase is very important to me,” Kohli added.

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Mahmudullah wants Bangladesh to unleash their own brand of cricket against India in T20 tri-series

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Mahmudullah says his side are trying to carve out their own brand of T20 cricket.

Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah said on Tuesday the underdogs, fresh from upsetting Sri Lanka, plan to hone their “brand” of Twenty20 cricket against India in a key tri-series showdown.

The visitors staged a 215-run chase to defeat hosts Sri Lanka in their second match of the tournament, rebounding from a loss in their opener against India.

Bangladesh, 10th in the world T20 rankings behind Afghanistan, will be in strong contention for the tri-series final if they beat table-toppers India on Wednesday.

Mahmudullah, who was named captain after Shakib Al Hasan was ruled out of the tri-series due to injury, said the minnows entered the series wanting “to create a Bangladesh brand of cricket”.

“I think the skills are there. We need to be smart to take that calculated risk,” he told reporters in Colombo, saying his side had to compensate for its lack of power hitters.

“Taking on a particular bowler who we think can be targeted, these sort of things we need to apply when we are playing. These things will give us that Bangladesh brand of T20 cricket.”

The Tigers have beaten top sides in Test and one-day internationals, but struggled to find consistency in the shortest format of the sport, having lost nine of their last 11 T20s.

Mahmudullah urged his bowlers to learn from their Indian counterparts, who have utilised the batting-friendly conditions at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

The Bangla skipper was his bowlers to emulate their Indian counterparts.

The Bangla skipper was his bowlers to emulate their Indian counterparts.

Rising Indian pacemen Jaydev Unadkat and Shardul Thakur have been instrumental in elevating India to the top of the table in the series.

Spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar have also chipped in with disciplined bowling and crucial strikes.

Bangladesh’s left-arm quick Mustafizur Rahman has picked up five wickets in two matches but leaked close to 10 runs an over.

Mahmudullah backed his strike paceman to come good in the remaining matches in conditions he believes are tough for bowlers.

“I think he is a great bowler for our team, he has been doing really well. It’s just the wicket that suits the batsman most,” said Mahmudullah.

“Mustafiz is in great shape and is our strike bowler and I will always back him up.”

Bangladesh have never won a T20 tournament since they started playing the format in 2006.

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