Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Have never been as fit as I am today

India's Test captain Virat Kohli has said that his outlook towards fitness changed after IPL 2012, and a healthier body has not only made him a better batsman but also an improved fielder.

"Till IPL 2012, I did not focus much on the physical aspect," he said at a promotional event in Delhi. "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 and how much I need to train.

 After that IPL, I started listening to my body. I made a lifestyle choice. 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 best in the world. So I always had that mindset but never had the physical ability."

Kohli cited an example of how improved fitness helped allay fielding apprehensions. "When you become fit, you feel you can do anything," he said. "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."

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