Team India captain Virat Kohli interacted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the importance of fitness routines and diet on the sidelines of Fit India Dialogue, on Thursday, which marks the first anniversary of the Fit India Movement. The conversation saw Modi interacting with Kohli on various aspects of fitness including the Yo-Yo Test.
PM Modi also wittily asked Kohli whether the chole bhature business has taken a hit in the national capital due to his fitness regime. For the uninitiated, Kohli is a vegan and mantains strict fitness regime. He grew fitter under the supervision of former India physio Shanker Basu, who gave him early tips for maintaining fitness.
“We were discussing a few minutes back, our native diet, the food from our region, I have noticed we have not had any health issues with it. From my own experience, I have seen my grandmother, she is very healthy. She eats simple home-cooked food. When I was growing up, I used to eat a lot of street food. Whenever I used to go play, I used to eat outside a lot. From a health point of view, I realised it wasn’t good,” Kohli said during the interaction.
“Physical fitness and diet, focussing on these things brought about the changes in me. Just like our sport, our lives have also gotten faster and demanding. If we are not keeping up with it, then we will be left behind.”
Kohli is a determined spirit who made his way to become one of the finest cricketers of all-time through sheer self belief and hard-work. He has made run-scoring look easy and has many records to be broken in line. Kohli was the only cricketers to make it to Forbes’ list of the top 100 highest-paid athletes in the world for the year 2020
Kohli has often showed his love for the sport through his aggression and hardly gives an inch to his opponents on the field. But off it, Kohli is a completely different personality, he likes to spend time with his family, read books, train consistently and maintain his vegan diet, and to top it all he is not fond of fame or attention.