Recently, the India skipper Virat Kohli has put up a tremendous show in every format of the cricket. He has been consistent throughout the ODIs, Test and T20 series. Although the cricketer is yet to mark his maiden century in international T20 cricket, he has outdone himself in Test format.
Given his current form in the game, it is only fair to see him at the top of the Test records table in cricket. In the first-ever day/night Test of India, Kohli batted exceptionally and scored his maiden pink-ball century. India won the ninth Test match against Bangladesh who couldn’t maintain a balance in their batting in front of the Indian pace bowling attacks.
India clean-swept Bangladesh cricketers in the recently concluded two-match home Test series. And by the end of the seventh Test match in the ICC World Test Championship 2019-21, Kohli-led squad was throned to the top of the points table of this tournament. India has recently shown an impeccable fight in both batting and bowling. However, talking about Kohli’s individual performance in the game, his tactics have certainly sharpened, evolved over the course of time.
Kohli reveals what he gifted himself after his double ton in Test
Meanwhile, his personal form with the bat has always been the show-stopper. Owing to his colossal batting in the game, Kohli scored his seventh double ton in Test career while outdoing his own previous records. This double-century came in the second Test of the three-match Test series against South Africa. Throughout that series, India dominated South Africa, in both bat and ball, and swooped the series from under the Proteas players by 3-0.
In the recent chat show on India Today, Kohli revealed to the host Boria Majumdar what he treated himself with after his double knock in the Test cricket.
“On tour, during games, I reward myself if I’ve gotten big runs,” Kohli said in a chat with India Today. “I’ll give you an example when I got 235 against England in Mumbai, which was hot and humid, so day [three], evening, I did not touch anything, I focused on my regular diet, and I was already batting on, I think, 100-plus overnight.
It is only fair to treat yourself to push your limits even further. In fact, the Australian run-machine Steve Smith once gifted himself a chocolate bar after scoring a hundred. Similarly, three years ago, when Kohli made 235 against England in Mumbai, Kohli gifted himself with a chicken burger with just half of a bun attached.
“And then the next day when I finished on 235, I was gone, I was cooked because during the game I don’t like to eat heavy, so I was focusing on bananas and water and a little bit of dal-chawal and so on.
So Basu sir (Shanker Basu, then India’s fitness trainer) told me, ‘tonight, you can afford to eat anything you like,’ but even then I ordered – and I was eating meat that time – I ordered a chicken burger, I took off the top bun – I couldn’t stop myself – I said, okay, one piece of bread is okay, not two.
But then I had a big plate of fries, and then I had a chocolate shake along with that, because I knew, my body needs it,” he concluded.