Virat Kohli and fitness are synonymous to each other. However, there was also a time when ‘fitness freak’ Kohli was a complete foodie. Virat Kohli’s former U-19 teammate Pradeep Sangwan has recently revealed the eating habits of ‘young’ Virat Kohli.
Sangwan recalled how during the junior cricket days, Kohli used to love eating street food like Chicken roll, korma roll etc. He recounted an incident from South Africa where Kohli dragged Sangwan to come with him to enjoy some ‘Mutton rolls’ despite knowing the fact that the location where they were going to, was dangerous. The duo was chased by some random guys while eating the food there, but thankfully they made it to their destination safely.
“He [Kohli] had been my room partner for seven-eight years in junior cricket. He used to love food, street food especially. He was a foodie, korma rolls, chicken rolls were his favourite. We were in South Africa with India under 19 team, and someone told him that you get nice mutton roll at some place, but it’s not in a secure neighbourhood. Our driver too told us that food is nice but recently some fight took place around there and someone chopped someone’s hand there. I got scared, but he said, ‘chal yaar, wahan chalenge’ (let’s go dude, we’ll go there) and he took me there too. We ate and few random guys chased us, but we just drove our car back and only stopped after reaching our place.”, Sangwan wrote in an Indian Express Column.
In 2012, Virat came with a plan- Pradeep Sangwan
Sangwan mentioned that 2012 was the turning point of Virat Kohli’s career where he became extremely disciplined about his fitness routines. He added that Kohli focussed on losing weight to level up his game on the field.
“But in 2012 he came with a plan where he began look after his fitness. He began to follow a strict diet. He was determined to lose his weight, and wanted to shed few kilos. He wanted to be a good fielder, he was a safe fielder then too but in terms of reflexes, he felt he was not upto the mark. He wanted to be the best fielder. He liked to bat for hours in the nets and then he would go do some more knocking.”, wrote Sangwan.