Virat Kohli shares his ‘secret’ fitness mantra

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Virat Kohli is arguably the best batsman in world cricket, across all three formats. He has been the most consistent batsman in the last 2 years or so. Virat Kohli is very old-fashioned in his approach when it comes to practicing.  He works very hard on his fitness and never comprises with his routine.

Kohli credited RCB and Team India’s Strength and Conditioning coach Mr. Shankar Basu for introducing him to weight-lifting. He said, “Fitness regime is pretty simple. There is a big role of our trainer, Mr. Basu, who also trains the RCB team, and is the Indian team trainer.”

Kohli added, “He introduced me to weight-lifting, and that has made me realise what actually one needs to do. It’s a thing that one needs to get a knowledge of. I don’t do upper body. I only work on my legs for explosive power. He [Basu] makes me do a crazy number of squats, close to a 100 in a sessi

“It is a conscious effort, to be very honest. It is more like ‘Eat, sleep, train, repeat’. If you want to be consistent, you need to be boring with your training, your food and your batting habits,”

Kohli also said,“You cannot take the sport for granted. During the last match [against Mumbai Indians] I told Dan [Daniel Vettori, the Royal Challengers head coach] that I felt like I could hit every ball of the first over from Tim Southee for a six. But I stopped myself because I don’t want to disrespect the sport. I want to build my innings in the same way every time I go in to bat.”