Virat Kohli’s transformation as one of the best batsmen in the world right now is as amazing as his remarkable improvement in fitness. Although athletic from his early days, the current India skipper arrived at the international stage with a chubby face but has now transformed into probably the fittest cricketer in the world.
Such was Kohli’s desperation to get fit that he gave up on his favorite foods. Rajkumar Sharma, Kohli’s childhood coach, had revealed earlier this year how the Indian batting star gave up butter chicken and rolls to set a ‘benchmark as captain’.
“Kohli once told me, if I don’t set the benchmark as captain, who else will? Even as the world looks on in wonder, I know the boy behind the man. He used to gorge on butter chicken, rolls and all sorts of fast food. But today, it finds no place in his diet,” Sharma had told Cricket Next.
“In fact, he is so particular about his diet, that even when he comes over to my place, he won’t have packaged fruit juices. You either give him fresh juice or you don’t. Carbohydrates are a strict no-no and there are no off days in his routine anymore,” he had added.
And along with a strict diet, Kohli also follows a tough workout regime to maintain his well-sculpt body. The Twitter handle of BCCI has recently posted a video showing Kohli’s intense fitness routine. The 28-year old batting star can be seen sweating it out during an intense cardio session before an incredible weight training.
Here is the video posted by BCCI:
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 22, 2017
Meanwhile, head coach Ravi Shastri has made it clear that he wants Team India to be the best fielding XI in the 2019 World Cup and also said that fitness is at the top of the list of priorities.
“When the time comes for India to field a side for the 2019 50-over World Cup, we should have the best fielding XI in the world walking out,” Shastri told the Times of India earlier this month. “Only the fittest of the lot will survive and thrive going forward and that’s right up there in the list of priorities.”