BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli tells Prime Minister Narendra Modi that like everyone he, too, gets tired, but then if the lifestyle is good and if one is keeping a watch on the diet, sleep patter and recovery routine, they he can remain fit. On Thursday, the Prime Minister interacted with Kohli and several fitness icons including actor-model Milind Soman as part of the ‘Fit India Dialogue’ to promote fitness and health.
PM Modi also asked Kohli about Yo-Yo test and the Indian captain said that the test is setting benchmark to help the team achieve its goals. Kohli also said that India’s Yo-Yo test scores are on the lower side when compared to the global standard and the team is working towards getting there, sooner than later.
“Sir, Yo-Yo test is very important from fitness point of view. When you’re looking at the global level, our team’s level is still a little below the mark. But we are looking to take that higher, it’s a basic requirement,” Kohli said.
Then he said how T20 and ODI matches get over within a day. But for a Test match, a player needs to get back and look fresh again the next day. Therefore, fitness is important and Kohli takes the initiative and runs first for the test. There’s a condition also. Even he fails the test, he will not be available for selection.
Kohli then goes on to praise the fast bowlers of Indian cricket team. He says they are the best in the world and they have to give their best on third and fourth day of a Test match and therefore, body fitness is important. “We always had the skill, but in crucial moments, our performances used to dip. The opposition team used to win. These days, thanks to our fitness, we are able to capitalize on the crucial moments of the game. The results are coming because of this,” Kohli said.