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Without a shirt, Virat Kohli looks like Bruce Lee: Kapil Dev

India Today logo India Today 03-08-2016

Kapil Dev is clearly enamoured by Virat Kohli. Days after backing India's Test skipper to break Brian Lara's long-standing record of 400 not out, the iconic all-rounder compared Kohli to Bruce Lee, the legendary martial artist and actor from Hong Kong.

Kohli, who has been in phenomenal form this year across all formats, recently revealed how he started focusing on his fitness after the Indian Premier League four years back.

The results were quick to follow.

By the end of 2015, Kohli was already one of the most dangerous batsmen in world cricket. And in eight months this year, Kohli has established himself as the best in the business after hammering two hundreds in the ODI series against Australia, before shifting his attention to the T20 format, where he amassed runs against the Aussies and stood out with some sterling performances in the Asia Cup and the World T20.

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Kapil, India's first World Cup-winning captain, felt Kohli has been able to scale those magical peaks this year because of his steadfast dedication to fitness.

"Kohli is very careful and works very hard. I just saw a photograph of Kohli without a shirt and he looked like Bruce Lee," Kapil told indiatoday.in. "You want to raise your own bar for the kind of body you want to have."

Kohli already has 37 international hundreds (25 in ODIs and 12 in Tests). After blasting 973 runs, including four hundreds in the IPL, he overcame the fatigue of a packed T20 calendar to smash his maiden first class double hundred in the West Indies.

Shankar Basu, Kohli's fitness trainer, said the Delhi run machine wants to be the best athlete in the world. He can rest assured that his ward is well on his way to greatness. 

Kohli's recent consistency has left experts stunned - the flamboyant batsman has seven hundreds this year against complex bowling attacks in varied conditions but his mantra for success has been simple: "Eat, sleep, practice, repeat!"

Here's hoping Kohli's Bruce Lee acts never die!

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