Virat Kohli’s easy 22-yard dash within the 2016 World T20 quarterfinal towards Australia, the spotless dives whereas fielding and the unbelievable catching every so often are photos that now attest to the Indian skipper’s health and starvation to carry out.
The 29-year-old’s transformative phase, which noticed him lose about “11 kg in eight months”, got here after a lean Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2012.
That yr, Kohli might solely handle 364 runs from 16 video games at a mediocre common of 28. Kohli had two fifties below his belt and no centuries to flaunt. And because the story goes, he checked out himself within the mirror and mentioned ‘you’ll be able to’t seem like this if you wish to be knowledgeable cricketer.”’
However right this moment, Kohli has been labelled as “the fittest participant within the Indian group” by Royal Challengers Bangalore group physio Evan Speechly.
“He’s, no doubt, the fittest and hardest working sportsman I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with,” Speechly advised Sportstar.
“Virat retains himself in the most effective bodily situation, and being with the Indian group, he has a prime physiotherapist and coach working with him,” he added.
Speechly, who was with Group India between October 2011 and February 2013, reckons, “working with elite athletes positively makes our job simple.”
“They by no means decide up main smooth tissue accidents like we see in “weekend warriors”, however are finely tuned athletes that pick-up niggles, not full muscle tears for instance.”