If the history of cricket has proven anything, it is that not-so-athletic players can also dominate the field for years. Names like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwagand Inzamam-ul-Haqdon’t come to mind when you are talking about an athlete with an imposing physique.
Therefore, it becomes that much more praise-worthy when you look at the names mentioned below, who went out of their way to achieve physical and aesthetic excellence while meeting the gruelling requirements of as a cricketer:
Here are five cricketers who workout like beasts and have the most ripped physique in the game:
(disclaimer: The list includes current and former cricketers)
1. Andrew Symonds
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Andrew Symondsmay have struggled with disciplinary issues on the field but looking at his physique, agility and sheer power with which the man used to play the game, it was evident that he had a very strict workout regimen and stuck to it no matter what came his way.
2. Chris Gayle
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If you have seen Chris Gaylestand tall with a massive bat in his hand, facing a bowler from any corner of the world, you could bet that he was going to smash the poor man for a long six.
While most of it was raw strength, Gayle has spoken about how much he loves to put in the extra effort, watch what he’s eating and simply take care of his body. Add his limitless swag to having the imposing physique and you have yourself what they call ‘Universe Boss’.
3. Faf du Plessis
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The South African skipper isn’t one to lose his cool too easily but if you take a look at him without his t-shirt on, you would probably back away from even thinking about getting in a fight with him.
On the field, du Plessis hasone of the quickest reflexes while chasing or catching the ball and is willing to put his body on the line for a wicket. Don’t believe us? Check this out:
4. Shane Watson
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38-year-old Australian all-rounder Shane Watsonis six-feet tall and weighs 93 kilos and even though he retired from international cricket in 2016, he has managed to maintain his physique resembling nothing short of a model.