Kevin Pietersen lauded Virat Kohli for transforming Indian cricketers into dedicated athletes, highlighting Kohli’s commitment to fitness and setting a high standard for his teammates to follow.

Kevin Pietersen, former England captain, commended Virat Kohli’s stellar fitness level, which he believes has become a guiding light for young Indian cricketers. Pietersen highlighted Kohli’s standout performance during Royal Challengers Bengaluru’s recent win over Punjab Kings. Kohli’s remarkable innings of 77 runs off 49 balls played a crucial role in securing their first win of the season, especially in their debut home game at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Speaking to Star Sports, the former skipper emphasized Kohli’s passion and flair for the game, pointing out how Kohli’s dedication has transformed Indian cricketers into top-notch athletes. Pietersen also highlighted that Kohli doesn’t just talk about it; he leads by example, showcasing his commitment on the field.

“One of the things that everyone will remember and will create the greatest memories as a player will be him finishing innings and being one the greatest finishers of all time. One of the things that he has done for Indian cricket is he has turned Indian cricketers into athletes, out-and-out athletes, and while doing so, he’s not just talked the talk. He has walked the walk, and you can see that,” Pieterson said.

“When he is running between the wickets, his full commitment and his energy and his desire to be the best, and he is the best. That starts before the field, that starts with diet, that starts with the energy he puts in the gym, that starts with the sacrifices that he has made to walk the walk because when you talk the talk, you have to walk the walk. That’s what all the other players who have played under you are following you, watch you. The turnaround in Indian cricket is because of what he has done,” he added.

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On the match front, RCB opted to bowl first after winning the toss against the Kings. Their bowling unit put up a stellar show, restricting PBKS to just 176 runs. During their chase, RCB faced early setbacks losing key players like captain Faf du Plessis and Cameron Green cheaply. However, Virat Kohli stepped up, providing a much-needed boost, before Dinesh Karthik’s explosive innings of 28 runs off 10 balls sealed the deal, much to the delight of RCB’s massive fanbase.

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Last Updated on March 26, 2024

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