Indian cricket legend Virat Kohli has joined an increasingly lengthy list of elite athletes who have embraced plant-based diets whilst performing at the top of their game.
Kohli, the captain of India’s national team, had considered changing to a vegan diet for years before taking the plunge in the summer of 2018. Like many athletes who have made the same change, removing meat, dairy, eggs and seafood from their diet, Kohli has begun to thrive – a source told the Times of India that Kohli is ‘feeling stronger than ever’, has improved digestion, better temperament and does not miss any of the food from his former diet.
The cricket icon, who was described as a “chubby-faced youngster with a special fondness for biryani”, is one of India’s all-time sporting heroes who is widely regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world. The Dehli-born cricketer has represented his country at a number of age groups, showing his leadership qualities from a young age as he captained India to victory over Malaysia in the 1008 Under 19s World Cup. His many personal honours since then have seen Kohli receive the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) in 2017; Wisden Leanding Cricketer in the World (in 2016, 2017) and the ICC ODI Player of the year in both 2012 and 2017.
Kohli is one of the world’s most famous athletes and, in 2018, even featured in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. He’s also well-known for his charity work as the founder of the Virat Kohli Foundation (VKF) – an organistation aimed at helping underprivileged children.
It’s fantastic to see someone of Kohli’s profile showing the world that another way is possible and that sport stars don’t need to indulge in meat or dairy to perform at the top of their game.
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