How do you think Virat trains himself amidst such a tight schedule? He practises everything in his mind over and over again and then slogs it out in the nets. He analyses which delivery troubles him and then practises the same repeatedly till he masters it. Passion is something that will not let an individual go to sleep. Virat exemplifies that passion.
Virat probably has one of the fittest bodies in Indian cricket at the moment and has an enormous number of female fans. The prowess that he exhibits in the field is a result of the tough fitness regime that he follows. In fact, Virat’s ability to run quickly and convert the ones into twos and twos into threes has even inspired Australian women’s team all-rounder Alex Blackwell. According to her:
"I will be looking to practice good cricket shots in front of the wicket, looking to turn ones into twos. Perhaps I gain some inspiration from Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni and the way they have approached the middle overs, that’s my job to make sure to turn ones into twos and put pressure on the outfielders."
Was attaining this level of fitness easy? Definitely not. In fact, according to Virat, it was extremely difficult to follow such a strict diet considering he is a huge fan of homemade food.
"For the first two months I felt I wanted to eat the bed sheet when I went to sleep because I was so hungry. I was craving taste. I was craving delicious food. But then I saw the results. I felt quick around the field. I would wake up in the morning and feel like I had energy."
Virat’s diet consists of fish and lamb chops which he absolutely relishes at local restaurants wherever he is on tour. In addition to this, he tries avoiding junk food and prefers drinking only mineral water. Clearly, Virat is extremely cautious about his eating habits. In fact, his approach to fitness can be gauged from the following quote:
"It is a conscious effort, to be very honest. It is more like ‘Eat, sleep, train, repeat.’ If you want to be consistent, you need to be boring with your training, your food and your batting habits."
He also focuses more on lower body exercises to stay fit. This in turn provides him the extra stamina while converting the ones to twos in the cricket field. The fitness regime seems to have done wonders for this Delhi lad as he has gained the strength needed to hit those massive sixes which he is nowadays known for.
"I don’t do upper body. I only work on my legs for explosive power."
Virat believes in hitting the gym five days a week. This works as it enables his body to also get proper focus. To keep his fitness level at its peak, he understands he cannot skip the regime. Normally, he focuses on working out at least two hours at the gym whenever he is at home. In addition to this, he also focuses on playing other outdoor games which are also a great way to exercise. He also uses high-end equipment like high-altitude mask (to make his lungs work harder and improve stamina) and technoshaper (which helps in keeping abdomen in shape) as part of his fitness regime.
For the first two months I felt I wanted to eat the bed sheet when I went to sleep because I was so hungry. I was craving taste. I was craving delicious food. But then I saw the results. I felt quick around the field. I would wake up in the morning and feel like I had energy.
According to psychiatrist John Ratey, ‘Exercise is the single best thing you can do for your brain in terms of mood, memory and learning.’ Virgin group CEO Richard Branson believes that following his fitness regime provides him with four hours of additional productivity in a day.
There are several advantages of following a strict fitness regime like Virat:
1. Helps in staying focused: Unless one maintains proper health, there can never be proper focus at work or any other aspect of life.
2. Protects against diseases: It is extremely important to eat well to have immunity from diseases.
3. Generates extra stamina: Proper diet helps boost additional stamina needed to perform a few extra activities in a day.
Excerpted from WINNING LIKE VIRAT THINK & SUCCEED LIKE KOHLI by ABHIRUP BHATTACHARYA; Rupa; 0195; Pages 128