Virat Kohli, given his superlative performances in the past few years, is considered one of the best batsmen for India. In addition, he has evolved into one of the fittest player in the circuit with his hard work and determination. Recently, former India coach Dav Whatmore said Kohli being keener to get fitter was his biggest step towards self-improvement. A talented batsman recognised at a very tender age, Kohli is known to have given up his favourite food to cut down on calorie intake and is now regarded as one of the most athletic fielders. Whatmore also praised the Indian captain for his ability to work on his weaknesses promptly. READ: Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers will be back from next match, hints Shane Watson!
Whatmore has been closely observing Kohli since his U-19 days. Talking about how Kohli has changed as a cricketer, Whatmore revealed to The Times of India, “I see no difference in his [Kohli’s] approach then and now. He is always physical, aggressive and leads from the front. Where he turned the corner was his conscious decision to reduce weight. By doing that he made a massive statement; you are telling everyone that I am doing everything on my part to ensure my performances go up. Earlier, the opposition teams would plan to get him outside the off-stump. In England, Virat didn’t have a good series (in 2014). But now when I see him play through the off-side, the bat comes down straight and the face of the bat is hitting the ball. He has been able to conquer the grey areas in his batting and the result is there for all of us to see. Virat has become a phenomenal player.”
Contrary to MS Dhoni, Kohli is known to be an aggressive captain. But Whatmore feels that too will change with time. “He is still growing and learning in the job. I think essentially you are what you are and it is not an easy job. I think he will improve as a leader with time,” he added.