Team India’s strength and conditioning coach talks about Virat Kohli’s transformation into a phenomenal athlete
The Indian star batsman and arguably world’s best chaser, Virat Kohli, has decided to chase down a new target and is keeping no stone unturned in the process. Talking to bcci.tv, team India’s head strength and conditioning coach, Shanker Basu remarked that “Kohli is in pursuit of excellence”.
Sharing his observations about him, Basu said that the right-hander feels being the fittest player in the team is not good enough and he wants to become the best athlete in the world.
“Virat has decided to become the best athlete in the world and sky is the limit. There a lot of role models ahead of him in terms of sheer athletic abilities and he will never shy away from competition. He will grab it with both hands,” Basu said.
The Indian number three batsman has worked extremely hard on his fitness, particularly on his strength, and the results of the hard work done by him are quite visible. His running between the wickets in the middle overs helps him in keeping the bowlers at bay without playing risky shots, while he hits the sixes with similar ease as he pierces the field for boundaries.
Basu, who has worked with the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain at the national team as well as at RCB, feels that the extraordinarily fit batsman is all set to raise the bar.
“A lot of athletes will say that they are very lucky to find a coach, but I will instead say that Virat Kohli is an exceptional person, so I was very lucky to have an athlete like him. My association with him dates back to eight years through IPL,” Basu remarked.
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Giving an insight into the Indian test captain’s approach to fitness and his training routines, he further added, “Virat will never challenge you once he is convinced about your methods. I found an athlete who was ready to go through the grind and work hard consistently whenever the need arose. He is very good with his nutrition plans and discipline factors.
“He has also made a lot of lifestyle changes. Kudos to him. I was just a tool. I only introduced him to the right kind of strength work which was already building thanks to my predecessors.”
Virat Kohli is one of those athletes who doesn't rest on laurels and believe that 'perfection' can only be achieved through hard work and dedication. He recently tweeted an after training photo.