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From lifting the U-19 World Cup to assuming the most important place in India’s batting line-up Virat Kohli has been stupendous in his rise to the number one spot in the World Rankings for batsmen.
The 27-year old has taken the national team’s responsibility on his shoulders over the last couple of years and has been in sizzling form even with the amount of cricket that is played nowadays.
He is as fit as an athlete can be and is electric on the field and in-between the wickets like he showed in the games against Australia and Pakistan in the recently concluded WorldT20.
And to give the fans a peak into how the star keeps up his fitness levels, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s strength and conditioning coach Shankar Basu recently opened up about his drills.
Basu has recently been included in the support staff of the Indian national team and his unique approach makes him an invaluable asset for the side.
In a team like RCB which is filled with stars like Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson to name a few, Basu managed to implement his own procedures and in the interview, he explained them for us.
He revealed that the RCB franchise use a different style to stay in shape and that they use interesting equipment that aids the growth of young budding cricketers.
He said, “For example, we use foam polymetric boxes where players can work on their jumps.”
“We have special rubberized flooring so our players feel comfortable in the gym. We have special platforms where the boys do proper weightlifting,” he added.
He also said that these techniques improve the performances over time and also prevents breakdown in the long term.
He went on to explain the method in which these drills are conducted.
He revealed that there are different groups for different levels of training with the beginner and intermediate groups given time to get used to the training procedures.
However, players like Virat Kohli, Varun Aaron, Harshal Patel and Mandeep Singh as Basu revealed, belong to the professional level and that they do the proper power, strength and lifting workouts.
He also revealed that there is healthy competition between the team-mates to move up the pecking order and that it helps the overall progress of the team.
He also said that the athletes around the world who are already accustomed to these drills will just keep up with their routine when they come here to play in the IPL.
Basu also spoke about tennis star Novak Djokovic.
He said that he asked Virat Kohli in the past to learn from Djokovic, one of the fittest athletes in the sport. But Basu revealed that Kohli has come a long way since then and that the tennis star is now a few paces below the Indian genius.
“I have always told him that Novak Djokovic should be his target. Now, I feel that Djokovic should be targeting Kohli, he definitely has some catching-up to do,” Basu added.
He was also asked about the various food habits of the players and the regulations in place to control them.
He revealed that it is important for the players to increase the intake of proteins and fat and revealed that the general foods in India have more of carbohydrates which are not good for the athletes.
“I ensure there is quality protein and fat in every meal,” he said.
He also said that they make it a point to push everyone in the team to have eggs as they provide a lot of proteins and added that eating a lot of vegetables is the right way to go for an athlete.
“A typical meal would be eggs and fruits in the morning and idly or dosa. We have a few vegetarians and we push them to have eggs for protein,” he added.