England opener Dom Sibley loses 12kgs during the lockdown period

England opener Dom Sibley loses 12kgs during the lockdown period

Dom Sibley revealed that though it feels different physically, there has been no change in his batting skills.

Dom Sibley
Dom Sibley, before and now. (Photo by Getty Images)

England’s opening batsman Dom Sibley recently revealed that he lost two stones (almost 12 kg) during the lockdown after being inspired by his senior teammates of the England cricket team. The cricketer saw the hard work his colleagues put in to keep themselves in perfect shape. This motivated Dom to lose some calories and be physically fit.

Sibley made the international debut for the England Test team in November 2019 against New Zealand. The right-hander played 6 matches in New Zealand and South Africa averaging over 40. He also smashed his maiden century in Cape Town against South Africa. Dom was scheduled to play for the English team during the Test series against Sri Lanka. However, the series was abandoned in the wake of the rising number of coronavirus cases in the world.

I have lost 12 Kgs: Dom Sibley

Talking about his weight loss journey, Dom Sibley revealed that though it feels different physically, there has been no change in his batting skills. He also added that he extracted motivation for being fit by seeing some of the senior players’ physique and stamina.

“I’ve been working quite hard in lockdown and I feel a lot fitter. Because of social distancing, we haven’t been able to do stuff like skin folds but on the scales, I’ve lost 12kg. I don’t feel much different, to be honest. People have said I look different, which is nice, but in terms of batting it’s a case of doing what I’ve always tried to go – try to bat long periods, and hopefully being a bit fitter will help me do that.” Sibley said from the Ageas Bowl as quoted by standard.co.uk.

“Being in Sri Lanka for the first time in my career I felt a little bit self-conscious about my physique and my weight, just seeing how fit some of the senior guys are and how impressive they are in training. I just remember sitting on the plane thinking I need to do something, especially during lockdown when we couldn’t improve anything cricket-related. It was an opportunity for me to improve that side of my game and I’m glad to have been able to stick to it.”

England is expected to face West Indies for a three-match Test series starting from July 8. Dom believes that losing the two stones would benefit him in the series as a batsman. It would help him to get a few extra runs and to perform with the best of his ability.