Virat Kohli revealed that it was after the 2012 edition of IPL that he started giving more time to improve his fitness levels. Virat has had a great cricket season in the past six months. Starting from Australia series where he exceled in all formats of the game till the IPL 2016, he has been in one hell of a form.
Speaking at an event on Tuesday in Delhi, Virat recalled how he started to put more attention on his fitness level. He said, “It was after the IPL in 2012. Till then I did not focus much on the physical aspect. I never got into the minute details of fitness, things like what I need to eat from morning to night, how much I need to work out, how much I need to train. After that IPL, I started listening to my body.”
India’s Test captain who will have a tough challenge ahead of him when India tours the West Indie in July, said that he wanted to be the best in world. He said, “I made a lifestyle choice (back in 2012). I wanted to explore a new side of my body to take me to the next level because I never wanted to be average. I wanted to be the best in the world. So I always had that mindset but never had the physical ability (before 2012).”
Virat also revealed how reaching the supreme fitness levels has improved him in becoming an agile fielder. He recalled, “When you become fit, you feel you can do anything. I will give you one example. I was never a quick fielder. I was never willing to field in every position. But after becoming fitter, lighter and stronger, I overcame all those doubts I had (about fielding). Now it (staying fit, eating right) has become second nature to me.”
With a tough cricket season ahead of him, Virat would only want to stay as fit as he has been in the past one year.