The Indian National Cricket team skipper Virat Kohli is known to be very strict with fitness, and the fitness of his side has been a benchmark for the other team since he has taken over the reins of the side. However, a younger member of the squad Rishabh Pant has admitted that Kohli has not made his routine compulsory for everybody.

Meanwhile, Pant is currently on cloud nine following his scintillating outing in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. His aggressive batting has made the cricketing world debate MS Dhoni’s relevance in the limited-overs side. Although Rishabh Pant looks a lot of fitness, he received his share of criticism for being fat during the U19 side. As he tried to make a mark in Delhi cricket, Pant weighed over 80kgs. Speaking to TOI, Rishabh Pant admitted that people didn’t want to consider that it was baby fat.

That was baby fat. People didn’t want to consider that I was only 16,” he recalls with a sheepish smile.

Australia vs India 2018-19, Rishabh Pant, Harbhajan Singh
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Talking about Virat Kohli’s exacting fitness routing bring any additional pressure on him, Pant said that there is no compulsory routine. The Delhi lad also revealed Kohli asks others to follow his routine only if that suits him.

Virat bhaiya has not made anything compulsory. He says, ‘Follow my routine only if it suits you.’ It’s about knowing yourself and attaining the level of fitness the team expects,” he added.

IPL has helped me to get fame and money

Rishabh Pant is busy dealing with new-found popularity that has suddenly pitchforked him as cricket’s next big wicket-keeper after MS Dhoni and Adam Gilchrist. He admits that although IPL has got him fame and money but knows where to draw the line.

IPL has helped me get used to fame and money. Fame will come as you play more. But you have to know where you need to draw a line. Yes, I can’t go out much now, but you will have to find a way to be the same,” he concluded.