RCB Strength & Conditioning coach Shanker Basu believes that Virat Kohli has come back in better shape

Virat Kohli is all set to lead RCB in the 13th edition of the IPL and he is in much better shape after the COVID-19 compulsive lockdown.


Royal Challengers Bangalore Strength & Conditioning (S&C) coach Shanker Basu is all praises for Virat Kohli. He believes that the batsman has returned back fitter after the compulsory COVID-19 lockdown. Shanker Basu who has also worked with the national team added that it is impeccable to see him work on his fitness even after being confined indoors. Despite playing after 5 months, Kohli said “feeling light” helped him with his reactions and gave him more time on the ball.

Basu has revealed that ‘specific physical pointers’ through the lockdown has helped him attain his best weight currently.  “He has taken this break as an opportunity to work on all the pointers which needed attention from a physical point. “He had the time to be very specific with his meal plans and running intervals at home. He did not have much of a choice during the lockdown and he invested on a treadmill and worked on his endurance which is otherwise not possible during a packed calendar. He did shuttle running in his apartment, which had a little space. With all these constraints, the attitude stood out more than the workout.

Basu along with the RCB management and head coach Simon Katich decided against one plan to get back to training in UAE but incorporating individual fitness requirements. “Since most of them have arrived in decent shape physically, it’s only a matter of time [before] they are match ready. The modern cricketers are very mindful of their meal plans. Hydration, a balanced amount of protein, carbs, and good fat will do the trick. And to combat the heat – again, we have our wellness and load-monitoring system, which will be put to good use.”