The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli has always been known for following a strict diet as he loves to maintain the fitness benchmark he has created for himself. He has not had a cheat day in the past four years or so, but the India captain makes it a point to have a cheat meal whenever his body requires.
In an interview with India Today, Virat said, he rewarded himself with “chicken burger, a big plate of fries and chocolate shake” after scoring 235 runs in hot and humid conditions in Mumbai during a Test match against England back in 2016.
Kohli also said it was an advice given by Shanker Basu, the then fitness trainer of the Indian cricket team. He said, “When I finished on 235, I was gone, I was cooked because during the game I don’t like to eat heavy, so I was focusing on bananas and water and a little bit of dal-chawal and so on.”
He further added, “So Basu sir (Shanker Basu) told me, ‘tonight, you can afford to eat anything you like,’ but even then I ordered – and I was eating meat that time – I ordered a chicken burger, I took off the top bun – I couldn’t stop myself – I said, okay, one piece of bread is okay, not two, but then I had a big plate of fries and then I had a chocolate shake along with that, because I knew, my body needs it. So if my body needed carbs, okay, go ahead and smash a meal, (but) not a cheat day.”
Kohli has transformed himself a lot by maintaining a strict fitness regime in the past few years. He has occasionally posted his workout videos on his official Instagram account. At 31, he remains one of the fastest runners between the wickets.
After leading India to a clean sweep in the home Test series against Bangladesh, Kohli will be next seen in action during the limited-overs series’ against the West Indies, starting from December 6.