Virat Kohli has come a long way from being a chubby cricketer. And in the process, he has inspired a few other cricketers to transform themselves. Among them is Saurashtra Ranji cricketer Sheldon Jackson, who took inspiration from the Indian captain, and is now reaping benefits from his transformation.
In an awe-inspiring story, Sheldon Jackson reveals, how he took inspiration from one of the fittest cricketer on the international circuit — Virat Kohli.
The Virat story inspired me: Sheldon Jackson
Sheldon Jackson is the new cricketer on the domestic circuit with a six-pack. But his transformation story begin in 2013 during a short stint with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“It was actually the Virat story that inspired me. With the exemplary skills that he has, if he still thought he needed to get fitter then we are nothing in front of him,” Jackson was quoted as saying by PTI.
Sheldon Jackson explains his transformation regime
Sheldon Jackson did not go to a specialist coach. Most of them were normal gym trainers. He cut short the habit of eating junk food and it benefited him a lot.
“The people who helped me were normal gym trainers. My friends, who used to work out with me in Ahmedabad, they used to see that I was working hard but not getting the results. Till last year I used to eat anything, all possible junk, but they (gym trainers) were the ones who taught me to eat well to perform. It has benefited me hugely in my recovery and strength,” said Jackson.
“I thought cricket was a skill game but I was totally wrong. Cricket is a skill game which needs a lot of fitness because if you are fit, you can perform well under pressure, especially when your body is tired,” he pointed out.