Virat Kohli’s obsession with fitness has transformed Team India: Yuvraj Singh


Yuvraj Singh has arguably been one of India’s greatest match-winners in limited-overs cricket. The stylish left-hand batsman was the major force behind India’s biggest success in modern era; 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup.
A fighter in the true sense, Yuvraj even beat cancer to continue his dream of playing cricket. The 36-year-old last played for India against West Indies in 2017. The fire, however, is still burning and Yuvraj, who has been out of national reckoning for eight months, said he has no plans to retire.
“I don’t want to leave the game with any regret, thinking I should have played for some more years,” Yuvraj told Sportstar Live.
“I want to go when I feel it is the right time to go, when I feel I have done my best and I could not have done any more than this.
“I am still playing because I am enjoying playing cricket, not just because I have to play for India or I have to play the IPL. The motivation is definitely to play for India. I feel two or three IPLs are left in me,” added the cricketer.
When asked about his plans after cricket, Yuvraj revealed that he would one day want to take up coaching.
“Coaching is in my mind. I would identify underprivileged kids and focus on their sport and education. Education is as important as sport. You need to focus on both. Sport should not come at the cost of education.
The Punjab cricketer also shared that working for his foundation that helps people suffering from cancer is also a part of his retirement plans.
“Cancer (YouWeCan Foundation) is going to be my area of work in the future. I love supporting young kids, I like interacting with the younger generation.”
Speaking about Virat Kohli’s captaincy, the southpaw said that the skipper’s obsession with fitness has rubbed off on other team members and that he’s taking the team in the right direction.”He’s (Virat Kohli) very different from MSD, who is calm and composed. Virat is a bit aggressive. The results have shown that he is doing very well as captain,” said the 36-year-old.
“The team has transformed under Virat. Being so fit himself, he emphasises on fitness. The players now are much fitter than the previous generation because the game too has become more demanding. Virat is taking the team in the right direction with his fitness and diet discipline, keeping in mind the 2019 World Cup.”
Yuvraj is currently busy playing for Punjab in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. In the 2018 IPL auction, the southpaw was picked by Kings XI Punjab for his base price of INR 2 crore.