Wildly Regarded as the greatest batsman of the modern generation, Virat Kohli has been the most consistent batter for India. He has been an impressive infield since he marked his presence in the Under -19 World Cup in 2008 where he led India to glory. Since, Sachin Tendulkar decided to retire from the Indian team, Virat was the one India looked to in times of hardship. He never disappointed his fans and has been doing the same for the past 14 years for the country. With multiple awards and records in recent years, Virat Kohli has emerged as the best batsman in the world at present.
Virat Kohli Early Life and Education
Virat Kohli, (born 5 November in Delhi, India) is a right-hand Indian Batter. Kohli began his cricketing journey in 1998. He and his brother used to attend cricket camp in West Delhi where coach Rajkumar Sharma used to train over 250 kids. Virat was one of the youngest in the academy. He played in various tournaments in his early days.
Virat Kohli International Debut
Virat Kohli Test Debut – 20 June, 2011 against West Indies.
Virat Kohli ODI Debut – 18 August, 2008 against Sri Lanka.
Virat Kohli T20I Debut – 12 June, 2010 against Zimbabwe.
Virat Kohli Career
Virat Kohli Domestic Career
Virat started playing in Under-15 for Delhi in 2002. A year after he played in the Delhi Under-17 team. He made his first-class debut in the year 2006 against Tamil Nadu. Virat played over 270 List A matches in his career. In the same year, he got selected for the Indian Under-19 squad. In 2008, he made his debut for India in
Under-19 when he played against England followed by the tour of Pakistan where his average was 58 in test matches and over 41 in ODIs.
he was made captain of the young Indian Under-19 team, and he led his team from the front to win his first ICC trophy i.e. Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia.
Virat Kohli International Career
Virat made in debut on August 18, 2008, on the tour of Sri Lanka. On that tour, Virat hit his maiden half-century in the 4th game that later turned out as a match and series-winning knock. In 2009, the regular opener of the Indian team at that time Gautam Gambhir got injured providing the opportunity for Virat’s selection in the team. In the series against Sri Lanka in 2009, he scored his maiden ODI century and was rewarded with his first Man of the Match award. 2010 was considered the turning point of Virat’s career. He finished the year with 995 runs and was the leading run-scorer in the world in 2010. Later he was picked up in the squad for Cricket World Cup 2011 where he played some crucial knocks and helped India in lifting the trophy after 27 years.
Virat made his T20I debut in 2010 against Zimbabwe. In the same year, Kohli was named as the Vice-Captain for the tri-series against Sri- Lanka, and Zimbabwe.
In 2011, Virat made his debut in the tests against West Indies. Later, in a home series against Australia, he emerged as the top scorer of the series and helped India to a series win of 4-0.
In 2014, due to an injury to MS Dhoni, he was appointed as captain of the Indian team. In his captaincy, India whitewashed Sri Lanka in 5 match series.
A year after Kohli was made full-time captain for all three formats.
In 2017, he led India to win the ICC Champions trophy as a captain. In 2017 and 2018, he was named the captain of World Test X1 and World ODI X1 by ICC.
In 2019, he became the most successful Indian Test captain. In 2020, Virat became the fastest cricketer to score 12,000 runs.
He is also considered as Fabulous 4 with Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, and Joe Root. He remained number 1 in ODI and Test ranking in the world for many years.
Virat Kohli captained India in 4 ICC events in his career. 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, 2021 ICC World Test Championship Final, 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World cup. Virat stepped down as captain in 2021 from all three formats of the game.
Virat Kohli IPL Career
Virat Kohli is one of those rare players who are the part of the same IPL team since the beginning. He was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008 and has been the most important player of the franchise. He was made captain of RCB in 2013.
In 2021, he decided to step down as the captain of the franchise. Presently, Virat is the only player to score more than 6000 runs in IPL. He has scored 6283 runs in 207 matches with 5 centuries and 42 half-centuries.
Virat Kohli Stats
In ODIs, Virat has played 260 matches and scored 12,311 runs with 43 centuries and 64 half-centuries.
In Tests, Virat has played 101 matches and scored 8043 runs with 27 centuries and 28 half-centuries.
In T20Is, Kohli has played 97 matches and scored 3296 runs with 30 half-centuries.
Virat Kohli Records
· Fastest Century by an Indian Cricketer in ODIs.
· Fastest Indian to reach 1000, 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000, 10,000 runs in ODIs.
· Fastest batter to reach 35 centuries in the world.
· Fastest batter to score 17,000 International runs.
· Most runs in a calendar year by an Indian batter (2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016, 2017, 2018).
· Most successful Test Captain in the world.
Virat Kohli Awards
· ICC Cricketer of the year in 2017
· ICC ODI player of the year in 2012, 2017.
· ICC ODI Captain of the year in 2016,2017.
· Arjun Award in 2013
· Padma Shri in 2017
· Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2018.
Decisive Moment of career
Virat lost his father in 2006 due to a stroke. This setback later turned out to be the decisive moment of Virat’s career. He scored crucial 90 runs for his Delhi team in the Ranji Trophy match against Karnataka after his father’s death the previous day.
Virat Kohli family
Virat’s father Prem Kohli was a criminal lawyer and his mother Saroj Kohli is a homemaker. He has two siblings in the family a brother Vikas Kohli and a sister Bhawna Kohli. Virat is married to a popular Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in 2017. The celebrity couple was blessed with a baby girl in 2021 who is named Vamika after the Goddess Durga.
Virat Kohli Full Name: Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli Nickname: Chikoo
Virat Kohli Height: 175 cm
Virat Kohli Birthplace: Delhi, India
Virat Kohli Date of Birth: 5th November 1988
Virat Kohli Age: 33 years
Virat Kohli Nationality: Indian
Virat Kohli Religion: Hinduism
Virat Kohli School: Vishal Bharti Public School, Delhi
Virat Kohli Marital Status: Married
Virat Kohli Favorite Cricketer: Sachin Tendulkar
Virat Kohli Jersey Number: 18
Virat Kohli Batting style: Right-hand bat
Virat Kohli Favorite Shot: Cover Drive
Virat Kohli Hobbies: Travelling, Dancing
Virat Kohli Networth: $112 Million
- What was the decisive moment in Virat Kohli’s life?
Virat lost his father in 2006 due to a stroke that turned out to be the decisive moment in his life.
2. Who is Virat Kohli’s Wife?
Virat married a popular Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in 2017.
3. Who is Virat’s coach?
Virat Kohli was trained by coach Rajkumar Sharma in his early days in West Delhi.
4. Is Virat Kohli still captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL?
Virat stepped down as RCB’s captain after the 14th edition of the league. He was made captain of RCB in 2013.
5. When did Virat Kohli win his first ICC tournament?
Virat won his first ICC tournament in 2008 where he led India to victory in ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia.
6. In how many ICC events did Virat Kohli lead India?
Virat Kohli captained India in 4 ICC events in his career. 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, 2021 ICC World Test Championship Final, 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World cup. He also led the Indian Under-19 team to win ICC World Cup in 2008.