Virat Kohli is one of the fittest cricketers in the world at the moment, and it would be fair to credit the former India skipper for bringing in a fitness revolution in India. The 34-year-old, who once loved fatty, fried, and sweet food, opted for a strict diet long back and has changed the face of fitness standards on the pitch in India.
One of the key figures who helped Virat in his transition was former India conditioning coach Basu Shanker. Appearing on the RCB podcast, Shanker opened up on Virat’s passion and dedication for fitness.
Shanker revealed that Virat approached him in 2014 when he was suffering from a stiff back, following which the duo worked together and helped Virat transition into the fitness freak he is today.
“In 2014, he complained of a stiff back, and we worked together, and he got better. In 2015, he again approached me saying I should play a bigger role and train him like an individual athlete.”
“Before Virat, I trained Deepika Pallikal, and Kohli came to me saying that I should not treat him like a cricketer but an athlete. I then told him to train like an Olympic athlete and quoted tennis star Novak Djokovic to him.”
Basu concluded by praising Virat and stated that he has not seen a player with so much passion for fitness.