Ishant Sharma feels it’s skipper Virat Kohli, who raised the bar in phrases of health as gamers now preserve tight exercise regimes and comply with strict dietary routine.
In an interplay with ESPNCricinfo, the 32-year-old went on to debate how the Indian skipper evokes his teammates to take care of match health by intrdoucing new parameters.
“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,” mentioned 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,” the seamer added.
The red-ball specialist, who just lately grew to become the third Indian pacer to complete 300 Test wickets in the collection in opposition to England, additionally gave his supporters a peek into his meals habits and revealed why a cricketer ought to chorus from consuming quick meals.
“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 mentioned.
“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, who turned vegetarian two-and-a-half years in the past, just lately performed his one hundredth Test and below Kohli’s captainship the 32-year-old has featured in 40 Tests in which he has scalped 113 wickets at a mean of 25.53.