Weighing over 90 kg, Afghan cricketer Mohammad Shahzad is completely opposite of fitness freak Virat Kolhi but he believes that he doesn’t need a punishing schedule like the Indian captain when he can hit longer sixes than the Indian batsman Kohli.
Standing at 5’8″ stockily built Shahzad has had an eventful international cricket career dating back to 2009.
“Dekhiye hum fitness bhi poori karte hain aur khaate bhi poora hain,” said Shahzad in an interview given to the PTI.
“I cannot follow a fitness routine like Kohli but I am working on losing my weight,” he added.
He also said, “Jitna lamba chakka Kohli maarte hain main unse zyaada maar skta hu, zaroorat kya hai mujhe unki tarah diet krne ki?”
Shahzad’s failed attempts at weight-loss had resulted in a one-year doping ban last year.
The cricketer has often faced backlash for being ‘overweight’ but he has always shunned his critics with match-winning performances.
Interestingly, he is Afghanistan’s leading run-getter in T20s and is only behind Mohammad Nabi in ODI runs.
He recently got back into the team after a serving a one-year doping ban.