Virat Kohli and David Warner have been the two standout players in the IPL 2016 with the bat, scoring 433 and 386 runs, respectively. The duo has exchanged texts, expressing their desire to retain the orange cap for IPL 2016. The Australian batsman is in awe of Virat Kohli's fitness regime, and praised him for his training sessions.
Though fans around the world might have only seen him on the cricket field, hitting those exquisite boundaries along the green carpet, they are not aware of the hard work that goes behind the scenes. Warner, who has seen him train, believes he has a very strict fitness regime, and is one of the hardest trainers as well.
"He has exceptional knowledge of cricket – and he is probably one of the hardest trainers that I have ever seen in the game. He's always down in the gym and I think he does about three hours of training every day. His fitness regimen is really incredible – he does stretching, yoga, power-lifting and then, cricket training. On top of that, there is the weight of the nation as well as the captaincy upon him," the Times of India quoted Warner as saying.
No wonder, Kohli is one of the fastest runners between the wickets as he turns ones into twos, and twos into threes. Fielders have to be on toes when Kohli is at the batting crease.
It is such work ethics that has also helped him become one of the best batsmen in the world cricket at present. Kohli has been scoring consistently for India in all formats of the game. The Delhi batsman has been superb for India and has won a number of matches in the last couple of years.
Kohli has scored 7,212 runs in 171 ODIs, 1,641 runs from 43 T20s and 2,994 runs from 41 Tests, and the Australian believes the current India Test captain will play more than 100 matches in the longer format of the game.
"He does have exceptional talent and he has been going for a long time. He has over a 100 one-day internationals now and he is going to play over a 100 Test matches too," Warner said.