India captain Virat Kohli has become the latest cricketer who made his presence felt during an Instagram live session in these times of novel COVID-19 pandemic. With cricket not being played at any level due to the global crisis, Kohli was interviewed by former England captain Kevin Pietersen on Instagram last night.
Kohli, 31, already has plentiful batting records to his name in international cricket. Despite ruling the sport across formats, Kohli experienced a brief lean patch which he touched upon during the live session.
“The England tour in 2014 [lowest point in career]. There is a time as a batsman when you know you will fail and you will not get runs. I used to wake up and know I would fail. It was the worst I have ever felt. It was tough. I promised myself that I will never allow me to let that happen to myself.
“It happened because I was so consumed about doing well from a personal point of view. I just felt I was in England and this was Test cricket and if I score runs here then I will establish myself. I was consumed by all that crap and that led to my downward spiral,” Kohli was quoted as saying.
Indian captain reveals why he stopped eating meat
Kohli, who would have been captaining Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 13th season of the Indian Premier League had it not been for coronavirus scare, had gained limelight for a lifestyle change which he made in 2018.
Being asked about turning vegan by Pietersen, Kohli answered what made him quit eating meat and how the move has aided him in becoming a better athlete.
“Left eating meat just before the 2018 England Test series. When we went to South Africa in 2018, I got a cervical spine issue. Gave me a tingling sensation, hurting like mad. Could not sleep at night.
“My body was too acidic, creating too much uric acid. Bones got weaker, hence, stopped eating meat in the middle of England tour, have not felt better before. Never felt better waking up, never felt better recovering between Test matches.being vegetarian has completely changed. You feel lighter,your body changes,” Kohli said.