Virat Kohli’s march from faking intensity to redefining impossible

Kohli’s innings against Pakistan at the World T20 is a reminder of how supremely gifted athletes break through invisible mental barriers and enter the “zone”.

On 25 September, Eliud Kipchoge won this year’s edition of the Berlin Marathon, clocking in at 2:01:09.

The Kenyan smashed his own world record by 30 seconds, hit the tape a full four minutes and forty-nine seconds before second-placed compatriot Mark Korir, and equaled the legendary Haile Gebreselassie’s record of four wins at Berlin.

In that race, Kipchoge was in what we call “the zone”. We invoke the “zone” all the time—I am as guilty of this as the next hack—but it occurred to me that I have no real understanding of what that place is; no clue where it …


Prem Panicker

Prem Panicker has been a journalist for over 30 years. From daily newspapers to weekly magazines and digital news portals—he was one of the seven journalists who were part of the start-up team—he has written and edited features extensively across mediums and publications. Since quitting his job at Yahoo in 2014, he has been working as a freelance writer and editor, as well as teaching narrative journalism.