The Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli is not just known for his attitude and cricketing skills but also for his fitness. He is considered as one of the fittest athletes of the world and it won’t be wrong to say that he has created new standards of fitness for the young cricketers.
However, this young cricketer is a fan of another great athlete as far as fitness is concerned and he is none other than the 36-yr old Tennis player Roger Federer.
Just recently, Roger won the ATP Rotterdam title in Netherlands which resulted in getting him to the number one spot once again in the ATP World Rankings. He also got his sixth Laureus Awards at the Laureus World Sports Awards 2018, the maximum received by any athlete.
Virat was speaking at a promotional event for the famous watch brand Tissot when he said,
“Roger Federer is my ultimate favourite. When he plays it’s so beautiful. He has a family now, priorities set, he takes time out of the game without worrying about opinions and criticism of people and then he comes in and wins Grand Slams at 36, he is defying all the logic and that’s something I totally love.”
“I hate following the norm and he is someone who is breaking barriers on a daily basis and I have huge respect for him.”
The Indian cricket team is playing Nidahas Trophy 2018 in Sri Lanka but Virat and other five players – MS Dhoni, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav have been rested, keeping in mind the England tour of July.
He also talked about the much required break as he said,
“Physically I had a few niggles, I am just getting over those. The workload has started to disagree with me a little bit. I have to be very careful about how I go forward with my body, my mind, my cricket. Times like these are very, very important. I am totally enjoying it; I do not even have an inch of me missing out on anything because my body really needed this.”
Virat also said that he may be very quick on the field but he may be an irritating person at home as he doesn’t like to move at all,
“I can sit and not move for hours. For all the energy that I may show on the field, when I get time at home, I can be a total vegetable. I can be very annoying because I do not move at all.”
Is Roger Federer your favourite athlete too?