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Virat Kohli attributes former coach for biggest transition in his career

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 18 May 2020, 12:13 IST

Indian run machine Virat Kohli’s remarkable physical transformation in the year 2013 is up to this time discussed. And while Kholi in the past has attributed extreme workout and diet change for his spectacular turnaround career wise with regards to fitness, the Indian skipper stated that India’s former strength and conditioning coach Shanker Basu had a crucial part to play.

“It (fitness and training) is everything for me. The biggest transition in my career came in 2015 because of Mr. Shanker Basu. I would not take credit for it, for me the biggest factor for my career going in another template has to be him,” Kohli told captain of the Indian football team Sunil Chhetri during a chat on Instagram.


Virat Kohli talked about how he met Basu the first time at Royal Challengers Bangalore and even though he was a bit disinclined at the begining, on keeping to his coach’s counsel, the Indian skipper kept going with his training and never turned around.

“He (Basu) was a trainer at RCB, he introduced me to lifting. I was a bit hesitant; I had some back issues; it was a totally new concept for me. But within three weeks I was amazed at the results that followed,” Kohli said.

“After that, he worked with me on my diet, I started paying attention to what was happening with my body, that’s when I realised that because of my genes, I have to work twice or thrice on my body, I am doing the basic thing which my career requires me to do.”

The 31-year-old is one of the fittest cticketers today, and it was only after the outstanding change that he became the best batsman in the world. He is the reason behind India’s fitness and fielding shift, and for this reason, when Kohli says he trains like a man possessed, believe it to be true.

“Till the time I am playing the sport, I will be a maniac, if you are playing for the country, you have to work hard, if you cannot do that, then you should step away,” Kohli said.

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First published: 18 May 2020, 12:13 IST
 
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