Virat Kohli once revealed that RCB’s fitness coach Shanker Basu played a pivotal role in his drastic transformation from a chubby player in 2012 to a fitness role model in 2022. Kohli brought the fitness culture into the Indian dressing room which revolutionized Indian cricket.
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s strength and conditioning coach Shanker Basu shed some light on Virat Kohli’s workout routines and the hunger that the former India captain has to keep himself fit and chiseled. Shanker Basu claims that it’s the consistency in daily, boring routines that helps Kohli stand apart from the rest.
Kohli’s enthusiasm has not come down even that 1 percent: Shanker Basu
Shanker Basu, speaking to RCB, said Kohli’s enthusiasm when it comes to working out and hitting the gym has not gone down even by a percent. The renowned trainer, who had previously worked with the senior national team, explained Kohli’s workout routines as the RCB star was at the gym over the weekend.
“What excites me is he comes like a child even today. What I saw in him when he was 19 or 20, in fact, the enthusiasm has not come down even that 1 percent. In fact, it has only gone up. The drive and that steely resolve he has got are so inspiring,” Basu said.
“Can’t actually do the same thing over and over again. The program has to change. Every year, we need to start tweaking. Track what’s needed and evolve accordingly.
“There’s nothing much. Keep doing the simple things, boring things consistently, that’s the mantra. Eat well, sleep well and train well and repeat.”
Basu also elaborated on the work followed by Kohli, saying he gives more focus to building muscle mass, which is crucial to the star batter in a busy year, which has plenty of T20 matches, including the all-important T20 World Cup.
“Virat is mainly… we are trying to build muscle mass. T20 also requires a lot of explosive energy; force production is a byproduct. It’s a mandatory thing for him to be strong. You also have the World Cup round the corner. So obviously, it’s a long-distance call as well as a short-distance call,” Basu said.
Virat is currently going through a lean patch. But he broke some shackles with a brisk fifty against Gujarat Titans which was his first fifty-plus score of this season.
• Shanker Basu claims Virat’s enthusiasm toward fitness has not come down.
• Kohli revolutionized fitness in Indian cricket.