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Used to feel ashamed watching Kohli train: Tamim Iqbal

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal recently revealed he was left in awe of Virat Kohli’s dedication towards fitness and a healthy lifestyle when he saw the Indian captain train. Tamim admitted he felt ashamed of himself that he was not doing even half of what Kohli was doing at his age despite having achieved more success as an international cricketer.

Tamim made his international debut for Bangladesh in 2007 while Kohli made his debut for India in 2008. They both are 31 and are captains of their respective sides. While Kohli has scaled several milestones in his career so far with the bat and as captain and has already established his credentials as one of the best batsmen in the world, Tamim is nowhere close to the Indian skipper in terms of achievements.

“Indian Cricket’s change in approach towards fitness influenced Bangladesh Cricket the most. I have no shame to tell you this. I think this should be out,” said Tamim during a live interaction with former India cricket Sanjay Manjrekar on ESPN Cricinfo.

“2-3 years back, when I sometimes used to see Virat Kohli doing all those gym things, running around, I honestly used to feel ashamed myself. The guy of my age is training so much despite attaining success whereas I am not even doing half of what he is doing,” he added.

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