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5 Cricketers Who Gave Up Their Bad Habits For The Love Of The Game

In the current world of sport it is a constant race to stay fit and perform at one’s phenomenal best.

However, with all the perseverance and diligence, celebrations can always be done and that is when cheat days comes into the picture.

Now given the riches boasted by the cricketers, it is quite a surreal fantasy of several fans to see their favourites taking those sumptuous sips or those prolonged drags. We will have a look at five cricketers who practice their hedonistic blurs as a celebration of their mights.

1. Virat Kohli

Kohli has been India’s finest batsman and is touted by several pundits of the game to be the only one who can actually rattle all the records of Sachin Tendulkar. This however, is a moot which can only be unraveled by time.

Virat Kohli has scaled new heights of physical fitness for himself and through the same, he has shown it to the world how great of a cricketer he is.

However, he used to be a regular drinker and a chain-smoker until the 2012 IPL changed him forever. He also flipped his diet and that won him handsome rewards through cricketing bonanzas.

This doesn’t comply the fact that he has given it up all. He still takes those occasional sips and a few drags, however, all of this happens only when cricket is not around.

In fact Kohli was an ardent party-goer at one point in time and he pared down this habit of his to suit his disciplined life in sports.

2. Sachin Tendulkar

He was definitely not a hardcore drinker. However, his tryst with expensive drinks has indeed been noteworthy as in several frames he is seen holding onto classy wine bottles.

In a very famous snap shared with Vinod Kambli, Tendulkar glimpsed to the world his expensive taste in booze.

He is now a full-swing businessman after bidding adieu to cricket. He owns three franchises which include Kerala Blasters, Bengaluru Blasters and Tamil Thalaivas. He also owns a mobile company called “Smartron”.

3. K.L. Rahul

One of India’s rising sensations, Lokesh Rahul has underwent an absolutely crazy transformation through his wide range of cricketing shots.

From being touted as India’s next big thing in Tests, the IPL in 2015 changed him completely and he started adventuring in all formats of the game.

From being a bench-warmer to a high-profile pick, Rahul has shown over the years what hard work can do to you.

However, not everything that glitters is gold. He has had his shares of misfortune, as he drew severe flak for posting a picture of beer while being on a tour of West Indies. BCCI intervened and asked him to take the snap down.

4. Ishant Sharma

Sharma won himself considerable fame after showcasing his brute pace in the 2008 CB series. However, he came a cropper where a picture of him going wild at a Sydney carousel while sipping on a booze went viral.

In the same snap, he was seen with India’s leading first bowler, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was forcing down the drink his throat.

In fact in that same picture another Indian found himself being snapped and that was Suresh Raina.

The picture drew flak from various nooks and crannies of the world. However, say what you might but when the numbers beside your name say 267 Test wickets, you know it is going to die down like a gossip.

5. Yuvraj Singh

In a mind-boggling allegation, Yuvraj’s sister in law, Akansha Sharma stated that India’s hard-hitter was a drug addict. However, Yuvi’s father turned down this allegation as baseless.

Though Yuvi got away with the preceding allegation, his tryst with drinks never came to a halt unless he found himself battling for his life with cancer.

There were several incidents where Yuvi was found dabbling with drinks, however, after his battle with cancer was won, he bade adieu to alcohol and smoking once and for all.

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Written by Rohit Ganguly

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