Former South-African pacer, Shaun Pollock has shed light on Virat Kohli’s dedication and his commitment towards cricket and narrated how the Indian skipper maintains to be on top of his game. Virat Kohli is widely regarded as one of the fittest cricketers in world cricket that there have ever been. From being a chubby young brat to becoming invincible, Virat Kohli has come a long way in his fitness journey.
The Indian skipper is currently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) leading the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) and he has shown time and again as to how he leads by example. In conditions where ven the fittest of cricketers like MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja are struggling, Virat Kohli ran 50 runs off the 90 runs that he scored against Chennai Super Kings this seasons.
This just goes on to show the insane level of training that Virat puts in order to be in shape and over muscle his opponents on the field.
Shaun Pollock Sheds Light On Virat Kohli’s Fitness Regime
In a recent interaction on Cricbuzz, former South Africa Shaun Pollock said that it was former India captain MS Dhoni who brought the intensity to the Indian team as captain. Pollock added that Kohli has taken that intensity to the next level. Explaining his point, Pollock recalled an incident that happened during the India-South Africa series, which exemplified Kohli’s dedication towards his fitness.
“When Dhoni took over the captaincy, he brought an intensity to the party. He had a very calm demeanour in his captaincy. But when he got to the crease, he would be running hard between the wickets, the way he conducted himself, the way he marshalled his troops, it was very good,” Pollock said.
“And Kohli has continued to run with it. When I go for commentating for the India-South Africa series, at times, we finish the games early, and people go to their hotels. I might go to the gym, and I often see Kohli at the gym, after the day’s play. After they have won, and they could be celebrating, but he is at the gym,” Pollock said.
MS Dhoni Set The Tone And Virat Kohli Took It To The Next Level: Shaun Pollock
Shaun Pollock further said that it was the former Indian skipper MS Dhoni who had set the right tone for team India to follow a strict fitness regime and Virat Kohli has just taken the baton forward by leading from the front.
“Dhoni was the one who set that intensity and Kohli took it to the next level,” he further added.
On Sunday, the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore faced off the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings where the latter emerged triumphant by 8 wickets. However, Chennai have been eliminated from IPL 2020 while Bangalore remain in the race for the playoffs.