India’s test skipper and the superstar batsman, Virat Kohli shared the secret behind his recent unbelievable batting performances with the bat.
He was literally unstoppable during the recent concluded edition of Indian Premier League and before that during World T20 event in India. At the moment, the young Indian star is looking in his best shape and the world is wondering if it is the best of him or the best is yet to come.
Kohli told the world about his mantra for success and it is his off the field fitness activities that give him immense success on the field and set him apart from all of his contemporaries.
Virat Kohli told NDTV, “How staying healthy helped me [in cricket] was that being physically active and healthy helps you think better, helps you make better decisions,”
He added, “It is not the thing that many people understand but that is the fact. Why do we train just before we go for a game because it releases positive endorphins inside your body, it helps you think better, it helps you feel good about yourself, it helps you feel positive.”
The 27-year old believes that having a lethargic routine and not getting into physical activities brings the negativity, “You know when you are just lying around and you are not doing anything, it is an invitation for negativity. All you can think about is things that are not going well with you.”
The youngest to reach 7,000 runs revealed that it was IPL 2012 when he realized that he needs to bring a change in himself and concentrate on his fitness more, “In the middle of 2012, just after the IPL I realised that I need to make changes in my physical condition and in my fitness levels because I never wanted to be an average player,” he said. “I understood that if I want to be among the best in the world, I need to be as fit as I possibly can be.”
Kohli, who averages above 50 in ODIs shared his background, “And that was a lifestyle choice because I wasn’t a healthy eater before that obviously coming from a Punjabi family background,” he explained. “You know while growing up what you eat; parathas with butter is the kind of stuff I have grown up on.”
Arguably, the world’s best batsman at the moment told that staying fit helps you perform and it has been fruitful for the man himself.
“It started to become more about food, more about the physical aspect of things,” he said. “It has gotten me results that I never thought were possible for me honestly. And it gave me more belief mentally because I knew I am fit enough to execute. It was the perfect balance that I was able to strike.”