Virat Kohli is probably the most sought after sportsman in the country. We all know, that he has crossed great strides both in his personal and cricket life during the time of his 8 year career in cricket. Kohli is holding rank 1 in T20s, rank 2 in ODIs and no. 4 in Test cricket. After his arduous fitness training, he is appearing in the best shape of his body.
But, Kohli was not always that much fitness charmer from the very first day of his career in cricket. So, we are more eager to know, how he developed his enthusiasm in such strict fitness regime.
The main reason behind this noticeable transformation was the conversation between him and former coach Duncan Fletcher. But, this improvised talk between them proved as a boon for the fans and Virat. In his words, Fletcher said, ” Duncan told me once that he feels cricket is the most unprofessional of professional sports”. The statement was made by him after India won the 2nd Test defeating England.
Further he added, “you can have the skill but do not think you need to train as much as a tennis player. But I realized if you want to stay on top playing three formats in this day and age you need a routine. You need a set pattern of your training, the way you eat, how healthy and fit you need to be. Being fitter made me mentally stronger. It was like a direct connection.”
Post the 2012 IPL, Kohli was blooming with his inner confidence, that he would definitely be competing well with the bowlers. But, the scenario was different and shocking.
To this, Kohli spoke, “My training was horrible, I ate so bad, I was up late, I was having a drink or two regularly. It was a horrible mindset. The season ended and I was so thankful it was over. I went home, came out of the shower one day and looked at myself in the mirror and said you can’t look like this if you want to be a professional cricketer”.
After the scenario, Kohli brought a substantial change in his diet along with his training. With spending extra hours in gym, he also eliminated wheat, glutten, cold drinks and also the deserts from his diet.
Elaborating this, he says, “For the first two months I felt I wanted to eat the bed sheet when I went to sleep because I was so hungry. I was craving taste. I was craving delicious food. But then I saw the results. I felt quick around the field. I would wake up in morning and feel like I had energy”.
After that, he introduced some other changes in his training. He explains it like, “From 2015, I changed my training again. I started lifting, snatching, cleaning and dead lifting. It was unbelievable. I saw the result. I remember running after a ball in a Test series in Sri Lanka and I felt more power in my legs. It was, like, ‘wow’. This training is addictive. The last year-and-a-half it has taken my game to another level”.
Surely, the boy who was once chubby cute, faced the challenges on his way and introduced the new levels of excellence in Indian cricket.