Virat to become the World’s Best Athlete!

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Virat to become the world’s best Athlete!

If there was a list of the most amazing cricketers throughout the glove, Virat Kohli is certainly one of the biggest names. But who says that he his happy with this? 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”.

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Courtesy: Virat Kohli’s Facebook

More that what billions of fans of Indian Cricket have witnessed him from 2007, the year of 2016 is certainly inspiring for him!

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According to Kohli, he had himself felt the changes in his level of fitness after his daily sessions of weight lifting came up. Indeed, he started lifting weights regularly just before the WT20 Championships. He has come a long way since then, and a testimony to that was his marvelous showing in the latest IPL, where he smashed 38 sixes, 15 more than IPL 8. In a day and age where athletes around the world, like Usain Bolt & Novak Djokovic, are redefining fitness levels, India can be proud to say Virat Kohli is already up there with the best.

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Virat Kohli with his fitness coach / Image courtesy: BCCI

Indeed, there is something more which gives the people something to cheer. Excerpts from a BCCI interview with Shanker Basu, Team India’s head strength and conditioning coach Shanker Basu, who has overseen Kohli’s inspiring transformation:

Well, when he was asked that how he will be going for the people. “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.” “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 excellent with his nutrition plans and discipline factors.”

Elaborating on Kohli’s approach to fitness:

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. When I joined the Indian team full time, I was able to spend more quality time on a daily basis. That probably was the icing on the cake as about 90 percent of the work was done by him, and I just provided the finishing touch.

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On what the initial fitness targets were:

All that we wanted to do was to keep him injury-free. He had a few concerns, and we talked about that. I told him to let’s progress in a slow, gradual but still a very certain way and he was all game. All I taught him was technique as I am a stickler for technique. Once he mastered the technique, it was a game, set, and match. Once he learned the movement, it was easy for me to teach him explosive moves about his sport and that converged with his extraordinary discipline and hunger for excellence.

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Almost 1000 runs in one IPL! / Source: BCCI

On Kohli’s increasing his strength:

Kohli once said that he has to tweak his game as he cannot hit sixes like others. This IPL, he hit 38 sixes which is the most this season and 15 more than his last season’s tally. There is a definite surge in his power. In September, we got an assessment of his muscle mass. At the end of the season, we wanted to see if there was a change and what we noticed was his muscle mass had increased dramatically. In the last six months, he has put a lot of time in developing his strength, mass, and power.

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