Team India captain Virat Kohli has proved his might in all the three formats of cricket. The ace cricketer is known to stand strong at the crease and deliver powerful shots without getting tired!
But have you ever wondered what’s the secret behind Kohli’s consistent performance?
Captain Kohli revealed the secret behind his fitness during a recent chat with football captain Sunil Chhetri.
According to Kohli, the credit for his fitness goes to Shankar Basu, the former strength and conditioning coach of team India.
Crediting the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s trainer for showing him the right way, Kohli said, “Keeping fit and training is everything to me. I would not take credit for it, for me, the biggest factor for my career going in another template has to be Shankar Basu.”
Kohli further added, “He was a trainer at RCB and introduced me to lifting. At first, I was a bit hesitant because I had back issues. It was a totally new concept for me, but I could see the results after 3 weeks.”
Kohli, who is among the top cricketers in today’s time, also said, “After that, he worked with me on my diet, I started paying attention to what was happening with my body, that’s when I realised that because of my genes, I have to work twice or thrice on my body, I am doing the basic thing which my career requires me to do.”
Speaking more about training, the cricketer said, “Till the time I am playing the sport, I will be a maniac, if you are playing for the country, you have to work hard, if you cannot do that, then you should step away.”
It is to be noted that Kohli inspired other players to opt for weight training as well. The training proved to be helpful for players like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, and Ishant Sharma. Currently, India boasts of the best bowling lineup in the game.
You can check out the whole conversation between Virat Kohli and Sunil Chhetri here: