Virat Kohli spoke about his struggle to hold on to the strict regime    Getty Images
Virat Kohli spoke about his struggle to hold on to the strict regime Getty Images

Virat Kohli, with his consistent performance, charisma and style has eventually become the parameter of everything best and now enjoys a worldwide fandom. The cricketer is known to be one of the fittest players of the current time but the case was not the same forever. Once a chubby boy from Delhi, Kohli went through rigorous training and strict diet plans to attain an enviable level of on and off-field fitness. Recently in an interview, Kohli expressed how hard it was for him towards the beginning to maintain the routine. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 3rd Test at Mohali

Talking to Michael Vaughan for an interview with The Telegraph, Kohli said, I was 11 or 12kgs heavier than I am now, I was really chubby. I changed everything from the next morning from what I eat to how I train. I was in the gym for an hour-and-a-half every day. Working really hard, off gluten, off wheat, no cold drinks, no desserts, nothing. It was tough. For the first two months I felt I wanted to eat the bed sheet when I went to sleep because I was so hungry. I was craving taste. I was craving delicious food. But then I saw the results. I felt quick around the field. I would wake up in morning and feel like I had energy.”

India is one cricket-crazy nation and the cricketers here are worshiped in literal meaning. Talking about such an extraordinary experience, Kohli said, “I came out of security in the airport and there was this one guy who came up to me. I told security to calm down. He stood next to me and said show me your hands . I held them out and he touched them and it was as if a flow of current went through his body. I said bloody hell . I was so embarrassed. I think he thought I was Superman or something.”

Talking about travelling within the country, Kohli said, It takes a lot of planning. For dinner you need a police guard in front of the vehicle you are travelling in, then you need to inform people at the restaurant to keep a table in the corner, not have any people close to that table. The main thing in our country is people like to grab you and touch you and feel if you are real or not. I promise you. I clearly remember after a World T20 game in Mohali against Australia this year. I felt people were reacting in a different way towards me, they looked at me as if I was walking in a circular light or something.

When I go away from India I go for a walk alone for an hour. You do get recognised in countries that play cricket but they will wave and walk off. That is nice. That is fine to not have someone barge into your space. In India it can be difficult to control it. So when you go to play Australia or South Africa I usually do not make plans with anyone. I just walk around to get a feel of what it is like to just walk down the street. It is amazing. It is the best thing ever. I just put my music on, walk and go nowhere in particular. It is best thing in the world to be able to spend some time alone with myself.