Punjab captain and former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman Mandeep Singh said that once he joined the Bangalore-based franchise he realised that Virat Kohli’s hunger to keep scoring runs makes him different from others.
Mandeep Singh and Virat Kohli (Instagram Image)
- De Villiers told me to learn from Kohli’s hunger to score runs: Mandeep
- Virat would not stay for long hours in gym: Mandeep
- I had to increase my intensity: Mandeep Singh
India batsman and Punjab captain Mandeep Singh might have returned to his state-based IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab but memories of his days at Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is still fresh in his mind.
The 28-year-old batsman admitted that he had a ‘phenomenal’ experience at RCB in the presence of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, the backbones of the franchise.
Mandeep moved to RCB in 2015 and stayed there till 2018. During this time Mandeep’s mother wanted to see a Kohli-like fire in his son’s eyes, a fire to keep scoring run everytime he was on the crease.
“My mother, even though she does not watch or follow too much cricket wanted to see the fire in Virat Kohli’s eyes in my eyes as well. Every match he scored runs, but he still wanted to score more. He didn’t stop. He never liked getting out, I learned a lot from that season,” Mandeep recalled.
Mandeep Singh, who has represented India in 3 T20Is, said that he was also inspired by his former captain Virat Kohli’s work ethics. Virat’s intensity was what impressed Mandeep the most.
“The experience at RCB was phenomenal. I feel I am a hard-working guy but the first time I saw Virat Kohli, I realised I had to increase my intensity. He would not stay long hours in the gym, but at the end of every session, you could see that he had given it his all,” Mandeep told Sportskeeda.
Virat Kohli is believed to have brought the fitness culture in the team which was absent for decades. From Yo-Yo tests to controlled and balanced diets recommended by nutritionist, Indian cricketers follow it all these days. The same fitness has been accredited to the batting success of Virat Kohli.
Virat himself has admitted that he started feeling different from the day he listened to his body. Mandeep Singh is the first hand witness of it.
“He (Virat Kohli) has the fire to score a lot of runs. I realised from Virat that you don’t need to hit only sixes, there’s a lot more than that. He’s consistent only because of his fitness. It’s his hunger to score runs. AB told me to learn that hunger from him and not only his technique,” Mandeep Singh stated.