Virat Kohli with his never-ending quest for perfection has completely brought a change in culture when it comes to the Indian cricket team. The Indian teams of the past though never short in terms of pure skills and talent in terms of the batting and bowling departments, were never the fittest of cats on the field.
But with Kohli’s never-ending quench for improving each and every department of the game when it concerns the team, has brought about a fitness revolution in the Indian cricketing culture.
Once a joke of the town, the team are now regarded as one of the best and fittest units around the globe and Kohli’s leadership has had a huge impact on that.
Kohli though being from Delhi, a food hub of the nation didn’t always have fitness as his top priority. Like most Indians, Kohli was always a foodie at heart and had to bring about a great amount of self-control and restraint in order to become one of the players with a high endurance rate.
Here we chart his journey from a butter chicken maniac, to becoming a vegan diet freak.
A chubby kid from Delhi
Amongst his favourite food were the traditional Punjabi dishes butter chicken and mutton rolls. He also loved to have a drink or two regularly at nights. But to sustain himself at the top level and take his game to the next level, Kohli soon realized in 2012 after some deep reflection that he had to sacrifice a lot of these vices.
Kohli said in an interview with The Telegraph:
“It changed in 2012. I had great tours to Australia and scored 180 against Bangladesh and went into the IPL thinking, ‘Wow, this is going to be a great season for me’. I wanted to make it my tournament and dominate the bowlers. I really struggled. My training was horrible, I ate so bad, I was up until late, I was having a drink or two regularly. It was a horrible mindset. I was 11 or 12 kg heavier than I am now, I was really chubby. I changed everything from the next morning — from what I eat to how I train.”
After attaining Nirvana when it came to his professional life, Kohli soon set about to change his ways. Gone were the delicious but unhealthy and oily traditional foods. Gone were the days of junk snacks. Gone were the days of satiating his desires to have a drink at night.
Apart from working out like an absolute madman in the gym, Kohli curtailed his inner demons when it came to his diet in order to sustain a healthy lifestyle.
His morning breakfasts began with omelets, grilled bacon and salmon. A bowl of fruits consisting of watermelon and papaya along with three to four cups of green tea became a must.
For lunch, Kohli started to follow a strict plan and generally ate grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, green vegetables and red meat.
For dinner, Kohli started to consume seafood which was either boiled or grilled.
Kohli also drinks only Evian water which is high on the mineral chart and costs around Rs 600 per litre!
Taking it to the extreme
As Kohli has now entered into his 30’s, he has taken things further into the extreme in order to prolong his professional career which will soon enter its twilight.
It was revealed a few months back before India’s tour of England that the inspirational skipper had decided to turn vegan.
Not only did Kohli decided to give up everything which was non-vegetarian, but he also bid goodbye to all forms of dairy products as well as eggs. His wife Anushka also decided to join him in terms of radically transforming her diet.
The amount of sacrifice which Virat has made and the transformation which he has undergone, has been nothing short of inspirational!