India captain Virat Kohli said today that he had never claimed to be a vegan. Kolhi’s response came after he was being trolled over his egg diet, following an ‘Ask Me Anything’ session on Instagram on 31 May.
“I never claimed to be vegan. Always maintained I’m vegetarian. Take a deep breath and eat your Veggies (if you want),” Kohli wrote in Twitter.
During the ‘Ask Me Anything’ session, Kohli was answering fans’ questions ranging from the meaning of his daughter’s name to some core cricketing topics.
When a fan asked Kohli about his diet, the India captain answered, “Lots of vegetables, some eggs, 2 cups of coffee, quinoa, lots of spinach, love dosas too. But all in controlled quantities.”
Kohli had earlier claimed he had turned completely vegan and hence the presence of eggs in his diet has left fans confused. His wife, Anushka Sharma, is a vegan and Kohli himself had admitted that she played a role in this dietary transformation in his life. Other than Anushka, Kohli had also mentioned a few ‘health reasons’ behind this change during an Instagram chat with former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen.
“I had a cervical spine issue which resulted in a tingling sensation in my little finger, making it difficult for me to bat. It happened around the Centurion Test in South Africa in 2018. Moreover, my stomach became a bit acidic, my uric acid went high and my stomach started pulling calcium from the bones which actually resulted in the spine issue. Hence, I had to cut down on meat and now I feel better than ever,”Kohli had said during the chat.
Kohli will next be seen in action in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton from 18 June.
The Indian men’s team will arrive in the UK on 3 June via a charter flight with negative PCR Test. Prior to travelling, the party will have spent 14 days in a bio-secure environment in India during which regular testing will have taken place.
Upon landing, they will proceed directly to the on-site hotel at the Hampshire Bowl where they will be tested again before commencing a period of managed isolation. Regular tests will be conducted during the period of isolation.
Players’ activity will be allowed in a gradually increasing manner after each round of negative testing, moving from exercise in isolation to small group and then larger squad activity, whilst always remaining within the bio-secure venue.
The New Zealand team is already in the UK ahead of their bilateral series against England and the team will see transition from the ECB bio-secure environment into the World Test Championship Final bubble on 15 June and will be subject to regular testing prior to and post-arrival in Southampton.