Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma
Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma

Star Indian pacer Ishant Sharma has credited Virat Kohli for bringing in a change in the Indian team regarding fitness regimes and dietary measures.

Ishant Sharma praises Virat Kohli

He (Kohli) has set an example for everyone. Take the case of fat percentage – before him, I had never heard of it being spoken about in the Indian team. It was totally about skill. But now, along with skill, it is also about fitness,” said Ishant.

“So if you eat well, you stay strong in the field, maintain your fitness, your energy. After what he did for himself, totally changed the system in the Indian team.”

Ishant sharma and kohli
Ishant sharma and kohli

The Delhi speedster also revealed his self-imposed fast-food restrictions and his favourite post-workout snack.

“Nobody says don’t eat fast food, but because you are playing for the country, it is your job [to watch what you eat] and especially after crossing 30, it is better that you don’t eat fast food,” he said.

“While playing I just have a normal protein shake. If I have normal lunch then I just have water, but if I haven’t had lunch, I will add nuts, almond milk, banana and protein,” he added.

Ishant Sharma played his 100th Test during the Test series against England. His career has taken a wonderful turn since Kohli took over the captaincy. Under Kohli, Ishant has played 40 Tests picking 113 wickets at an average of 25.53.

Amit Mishra on reuniting with Ishant Sharma

Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma will be seen playing for the Delhi Capitals in the upcoming IPL 2021 edition which will be played across six cities in India- Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Chennai, and Ahmedabad.

“Ishant Sharma and I have partnered up many times for the Indian team. He has played 100 Test matches and I would like to congratulate him on this achievement and I want him to play 25-30 matches more and get to 150. He should play at least 150 Test matches. Whenever required, we tried to contribute to the side with batting as well,” Mishra said in a video posted by the franchise on Twitter.

Both the players are gearing up for the upcoming IPL 2021 edition and have been practicing in the DC camp. IPL 2021 is scheduled to begin from April 9, 2021 with the opening match between defending champions Mumbai Indians(MI) and Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) at Chennai.