India skipper Virat Kohli transformation into a supremely fit athlete is known by all and he is often praised for putting in a lot of hard work into his training, however, the batting maestro feels, it is his responsibility to be the best version of himself when is playing for the country.
Kohli talked about his fitness transformation and other topics during an Instagram live session with the Indian football great Sunil Chhetri.
“I am doing the basic requirement that my job requires me to do,” Kohli said when Chhetri asked him about his obsession with fitness and eating the right food.
“People keep saying that he is doing this and that but I am like, I am doing what my job requires me to do. And for me to be the best version of myself, I have to do what I am doing. My hard work could be twice and thrice more than someone else because my body is of such type, where I need to follow things strictly. I think I am being respectful of the opportunities, that I have in life. I am not doing anyone a favour. I am literally living up to responsibility and giving my best every time that I go on the field.”
“If I can not give my 100 percent, every time that I go on the field, I am not being honest with the sport and If I am dishonest to the sport, I cannot sleep at night. It is as simple as that. That is why I will be like manic. People are coming to watch me on the field. It is my responsibility to be at my best, not a favour to you.”
Sunil Chhetri admitted that he has always been so impressed with this attitude of Virat Kohli and has admired him for the same.
Talking about his transformation, Kohli said he would not take credit for it and said it was Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Shankar Basu who was the man who pushed him to his limits and beyond.
“It (fitness and training) is everything for me, I would not take credit for it, for me the biggest factor for my career going in another template has to be Shankar Basu,” Kohli stated.
Elaborating, the skipper told the national football team captain, “He (Basu) was a trainer at RCB, he introduced me to lifting. I was a bit hesitant, I had some back issues, it was a totally new concept for me. But within three weeks I was amazed at the results that followed.”