Kohli, one of the fittest cricketers in the current international circuit, said it was important to pay attention to the body's demands. © AFP

Kohli, one of the fittest cricketers in the current international circuit, said it was important to pay attention to the body’s demands. © AFP

Virat Kohli revealed that he had a few niggles which prompted the management and himself to take a careful look at distributing his workload across the hectic cricketing calendar. Kohli, well known for his obsession with fitness, was rested for the ongoing triangular Twenty20 International series in Sri Lanka.

“Physically, I had a few niggles and I am just getting over those,” he said at a promotional event on Tuesday (March 13). “The workload has started to disagree (taking a toll) with me a little bit. I have to be very careful about how I go forward with my body, my mind, my cricket.”

Kohli stressed on the importance of using this downtime well and preparing for the long season ahead, including the Indian Premier League.

“Times like these are very, very important going ahead,” he said. “I am totally enjoying it. I do not even have an inch of me missing out on anything because my body really needed this. Although I am keeping a track of the games, I do not watch matches right now and feel like I want to be on the field because I have started to listen to my body.

“And when I am done with this period, obviously in the IPL I will be coming out fresh. I will be mentally in a better place on the field. I have been on the road for a long, long time. I have hardly missed any games. You need to pay respect to your body as well at times and this phase is very important to me.”

On a lighter note, Kohli revealed that he is an absolute couch potato when it comes to spending time at home.

“I can sit and not move for hours,” he quipped. “I might show a lot of energy on the field, but when I get time at home, I can be a total vegetable. I can be very annoying because I do not move at all.”

Kohli will be leading Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, with the first match for his side scheduled for April 8, against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens.