Virat Kohli on fitness: Initially I wanted to look good, now it's part of my

Virat Kohli has redefined fitness as far as the Indian cricket is concerned. The levels of fitness he has achieved, have now become a professional requirement for any young cricketer.

But initially, that wasn’t the reason why he started such a strong fitness regime.

“I will not say something which is inaccurate. I will not say that ‘I never thought that fitness will make me look good,’ because at some stage everyone thinks that way,” Kohli told India Today at the launch of his new footwear collection ‘One Eight Select’.

But just like he redefined his cricket after a slump in form in the early part of his career, the Indian captain made it a point that it will be his high fitness that will push his cricket to a different level.

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“Eventually, you realise that it does so much good to you in terms of your mental state, in terms of how you feel and how much more you can do.

“It is not confined to just sport because even in a work scenario as well, if you are fit, you will be able to work more and achieve more. You will be able to be more productive because if you lack energy you will not be as productive as you should be.

“So I think it is taking care of your holistic development which includes physical and mental states, because mentally you cannot boost yourself if you are physically not strong as your body will not respond. Your body needs to be fit for your mind to think something and body to follow,” the Indian captain said.

While it has become a routine for Kohli, he insists maintaining high fitness has now become a part of his life style, and will stay with him even after he is done with professional cricket.

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“Now, I don’t do fitness to look good but to stay fit and obviously, I have professional requirements as well. But even after that (cricket), I don’t think it will change and will become a life style,” Kohli insists.

The Indian launched his formal footwear brand One Eight Select, and promises more innovations in future.

“One Eight Select is an effort towards the formal segment of my style, which is to provide people with the attire that I would like to wear. Not just garments but shoes and socks that can be paired with any form of garments. The idea was to keep it affordable and stylish. Its an exciting start,” said Kohli.