Asia Cup: Rohit and Shikhar have shown great match fitness throughout tournament

Ajit Vijaykumar 07:45 27/09/2018
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Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have been brilliant in the Asia Cup so far. The two have been instrumental in helping India remaining unbeaten in the Asia Cup. Rohit and Shikar have amassed 269 and 327 runs respectively from four matches and have looked in sublime touch.

But what has also really impressed most is the fitness the two have shown while remaining on the field for large parts of the match almost throughout the tournament. The weather in Dubai has not been easy at all for players with temperatures fluttering on either side of 40 degrees Celsius. But the two openers have showed excellent commitment to stay on top of their game in the heat.

Against Hong Kong, Rohit batted for seven overs and Shikhar 40 and the two fielded for 50 overs. The next day against Pakistan, they fielded for 43 overs before Shikhar batted for 16 and Rohit for 13 overs. Against Bangladesh, the pair fielded for 50 overs while Shikhar batted for 14 overs and Rohit for 36.

Rohit has led the team as well.

Rohit has led the team as well.

Against Pakistan, they again fielded for 50 overs before Shikhar batted for 33 overs while the skipper batted for 40.

In the match against Afghanistan, both players were rested as India had already reached the final. But as India went about chasing tricky total of 253, it was Dhawan who brought out the drinks and instructions in the second innings a few overs apart.

Being fit as an athlete and having match-fitness are slightly different traits. Both Rohit and Shikhar have shown great overall fitness to remain on the field for a majority of the matches. And Rohit has had to burden the responsibility of captaincy as well. Two thumbs up to the duo.

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