FULL NAME Virat Kohli
BORN November 5, 1988
HEIGHT 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
ROLE Indian Captain, Right-handed batsman, Right-arm medium bowler
RELATION(S) Anushka Sharma (Wife), Saroj Kohli (Mother)
Biography – about Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli made his debut for the senior national team against Srilanka in 2008. His performance soon made him a regular in the team and earned him a spot in the 2011 ICC World Cup. The same year he was made his Test debut. The following year he was appointed as the vice-captain of the ODI team and in 2014, he was given Test captaincy, which was Dhoni’s retirement after the Test. In 2017, Dhoni stepped down from the position of ODI captain and Virat was passed on the baton.
With his name numerous awards and records, consistent performances, has certainly put Virat Kohli in the league of one of the best batsmen, especially in limited overs cricket.
Virat Kohli : Along the Years
|2008||19||Won the 2008 U-19 World Cup|
|2008||19||ODI Debut against Sri Lanka|
|2008||19||Joined Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|2010||22||T20I Debut against Zimbabwe|
|2011||23||Won the 2011 ICC World Cup|
|2011||23||Test debut against West Indies|
|2012||24||Vice-captain of Indian ODI team|
|2012||24||ICC ODI Player of the Year|
|2013||25||No 1 batsman in ODI rankings|
|2014||26||Man of the Tournament at 2014 ICC World Twenty20|
|2014||26||Appointed Test captain|
|2015||27||Played in the 2015 ICC World Cup|
|2016||28||Man of the Tournament at 2016 ICC World Twenty20|
|2017||29||ICC Cricketer of the Year|
|2017||29||Appointed as the ODI captain|
|2018||30||Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna|
* Last update on 13 September 2019
Virat Kohli has the best Test, ODI and Twenty20 international ratings of any Indian batsman. Kohli is a chase master and one of the highest scorers in the world. He is the fastest batsman to score 10,000 and 11,000 runs in ODI cricket, achieving milestones in 205 and 222 innings respectively.
Awards and Awards
Virat Kohli awarded
ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012, 2–17 and 2018. In 2017 and 2018, he was awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year). In 2018, he also received the ICC Test Player of the Year award. He was a Wisden Leading Cricketer in the world in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He received the Arjuna Award in 2013, the Padma Shri in 2017 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2018.
Kohli started training at the West Delhi Cricket Academy in 1998. He started playing for the Delhi Under-15 team in 2002. He became the team captain for the 2003-04 Poly Umrigar Trophy. He was a part of the Delhi U-17 team in the 2003-04 Vijay Merchant Trophy. His List A debut began in 2006 against Services. The same year he was selected in India’s Under-19 team. He also made his first-class debut for Delhi against Tamil Nadu in the same year. In early 2008, Virat led the Indian I-19 team to victory in the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia.
Kohli started his IPL career on a youth contract with Royal Challengers Bangalore. He had an indifferent opening season as he managed only 165 runs in 12 innings. His performance improved over the next two seasons as he scored 246 and 307 runs in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Kohli was the only player retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 2011 season. Kohli scored 557 runs, which was second only to Chris Gayle in the 2011 season with a strike rate of 121.
He had a moderate performance the following season and scored 364 runs at an average of 28. Kohli concluded the 2013 season of the IPL as the third highest run-scorer. He scored 634 runs including six fifties at a strike rate of over 138. Kohli’s batting performance helped his team reach the playoffs in the 2015 season, as he scored 505 runs at an average of 45.90. RCB finished the next season as runners-up and Kohli broke the IPL record for most runs in a season.
He scored 973 runs including four centuries and also became the first player to reach the 4000-run milestone in the IPL. He received an Orange Cap in the 2016 season. Before the start of the 2018 season, Kohli was retained by RCB at a price of Rs 17 crore. In the 2019 season of IPL, he became the second player to reach 5000 runs in IPL.
Kohli has done his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in August 2008. He was also included in the squad for the series against England in 2008, but did not get a chance to play. He played the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy in place of injured Yuvraj Singh. Kohli scored his first ODI century against Sri Lanka in 2009. In 2010, he played all matches in the Asia Cup. During this time, Kohli was struggling with his form and was unable to play big innings. Despite his poor form, Kohli was retained in the team due to his batting skills. The series against Australia in October 2010 saw Kohli form an upward move.
His good performance against the New Zealand cricket team in the following series made him a strong contender for the 2011 World Cup squad. He was the Indian run scorer in ODIs in 2010. During the series against South Africa in 2011, Kohli was named in the squad for the 2011 World Cup. He played every match in India’s World Cup winning campaign and also scored a century in the tournament and was also instrumental in the final match of the World Cup.
Kohli’s consistent performance continued after the World Cup and scored runs. He was appointed as the team’s vice-captain for the 2012 Asia Cup. Kohli ended the tournament with 357 runs at an average of 119 runs. In 2012, Kohli was named in the World One-day XI by the ICC due to his performance. In 2013, Kohli was part of the squad for the ICC Champions Trophy. Kohli batted well in the tournament winning campaign across India and was made part of the tournament team by the ICC.
In the seven-match ODI series against Australia in 2013, Kohli hit the fastest century in an ODI. He scored a century in only 52 balls. Kohli’s innings helped India chase a target of 360 runs, the second most successful run chase in ODI cricket.
At the end of the tournament, he topped the ICC ODI batsman rankings. Kohli scored more runs in the subsequent series against South Africa and New Zealand. He scored 1054 runs in ODI runs in 2014 and became the second player in the world to score more than 1,000 ODI runs in four consecutive calendar years after Sourav Ganguly.
In 2015, Kohli’s performance took a dip as he failed to cross the single-digit mark in any of the four points in the tri-nation ODI series between India, England and Australia. Kohli failed to impress in the 2015 World Cup and failed to score other than his century against the Pakistan cricket team in the first match of the World Cup. Kohli had a good start in 2016 as he scored two back-to-back half-centuries against Australia. During this series, he also became the fastest batsman to cross the 7000-run mark. For his performance in 2016, Kohli was named captain of the ICC World ODI XI.
Virat Kohli also played his good form for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. He reached the 8000-run mark during the tournament, but failed to help his team secure the trophy when he was dismissed for just five in the final against Pakistan. Kolhi continued his good run in 2017 as he hit hit centuries in consecutive series against the West Indies and Sri Lanka. He ended the calendar year with 2818 international runs, the highest tally by an Indian player.
In South Africa in 2018, Kohli scored 558 runs in 6 ODIs, setting the record for the most runs in a bilateral ODI series. In the same year, Kohli became the fastest player to score 10,000 ODI runs. In the 2019 World Cup, Kohli set himself two more records, the fastest batsman to score 1111 ODI runs and the fastest cricketer to score 20,000 runs in international cricket.
Kohli has done his Test debut in 2011 against the West Indies. Kohli failed to impress in that series as he managed to score 76 runs in five innings. When West Indies toured India, Kolhi was involved in the playing eleven of the final match and helped his team avoid a follow-on, with a half-century in the first innings. Kohli was included in India’s Test squad for the tour of Australia in December 2011.
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His performance in the first two Tests of the series was poor as he struggled defensively. He started regaining some of his form in the third Test and scored his first Test century in the final Test match of the series. India lost the series 4–0 but Kohli emerged as the highest run-scorer for the Indian team.
In the home series against Australia, Kohli averaged 56.8 and Team India completed the series sweep 4–0. Kohli’s performance plunged into the two-match Test series against the West Indies, as he was dismissed for 3 and 57. India toured South Africa in 2013 and played two Test matches. Kohli scored 119 and 96 in the first match, but failed to repeat the performance in the second Test as he scored only 46 and 11 runs.
Kohli played poorly in the Test series against England, as he scored an average of just 13.40 in 10 innings, as he was particularly troubled by the swinging ball at James Anderson’s off stump line. In the first match of India’s tour of Australia in 2014, Kohli scored a century in the first match. In the Boxing Day match, Kohli was India’s highest scorer in both innings. Kohli also scored a century when the Indian team toured Sri Lanka in 2015. In the 2016 West Indies tour, Kohli scored 200 runs in the first Test of the series and helped India win the match by an innings and 92 runs.
He scored another double century against New Zealand later that year. In the next two series against Bangladesh and England, Kohli managed to score a double century and became the first batsman to score a double century in four consecutive series. In the 2018 Test match series against the South Africa cricket team, Kolhi was not able to repeat his surprising form from 2017 and was an average series. In the Test series against Kohli, he made his first century on English soil and became equal. 1 Test batsman position in ICC rankings.
Kohli has done his T20I debut in 2010 against Zimbabwe. Kohli made his first T20 fifty against Sri Lanka in 2012. Kohli scored consecutive runs in T20 as he scored 185 runs, including two half-centuries in 5 matches in the 2012 World T20. For his outstanding batting, Kohli was named in the ‘Team of the Tournament’ for the 2012 T20 World Cup.
In the next T20 World Cup in 2014, Kohli remained in the top order and considered his best T20 innings in the semi-finals of the tournament. He scored 72 runs in 44 balls and helped India reach the final by achieving the target of 173 runs. He scored a total of 319 runs in the tournament, the most by an individual batsman in a single World Twenty20 tournament. He was awarded the Man of the Tournament award and was also included in the tournament team by the ICC.
During India’s tour of South Africa in 2015, Kohli crossed the 1,00-run mark in T20I cricket and became the fastest batsman to do so. Kohli was scheduled to appear in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 and India scored an unbeaten 82 from 51 balls against Australia.
He finished the tournament with 273 runs in 5 matches and gave him his second consecutive Man of the Tournament award in the World Twenty20.
After his good performances against England and Pakistan in the Under-19 stage, Kohli was appointed as the captain of the Under-19 team for the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. His all-round performance in the semi-final against New Zealand was instrumental in winning the match. Kohli’s bravery was changed for the entire tournament in the Indian National Team.
Kohli was named the vice-captain for the first team for the tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in 2010. He was again appointed vice-captain in 2012 for the Asia Cup in Bangladesh. Kohli was seen by the board and selectors as the future captain by that time. Kohli’s first ODI as captain was in the first ODI of the tri-series in the West Indies.
Kohli scored his first century in his second match as captain. Kohli was appointed as the captain for an entire series for the first time in 2013 against Zimbabwe. Kohli was appointed captain for the 2014 Asia Cup due to MS Dhoni’s injury. After Dhoni’s return, Kohli was named the vice-captain for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. Under Kohli’s captaincy, India defeated Sri Lanka in a five-match ODI series.
Kohli was made Test captain for the first time in December 2014 against Australia. Kohli scored a century on his Test captaincy debut and became the fourth Indian to do so. After Dhoni’s retirement from Test cricket, Kohli was appointed as the full-time Test captain. In the series against Australia, Kohli became the first batsman in Test cricket history to score three centuries in his first three innings as a Test captain.
It was Kohli’s first win as a Test captain against Sri Lanka in 2015. In 2019, Kohli became the most successful Indian Test captain after winning his 28th Test match as a captain. The 2017 Champions Trophy was Kohli’s first ICC tournament as a captain. For his outstanding performance in 2017, Kolhi was named captain of both the World Test XI and the ODI XI by the ICC.
With a 5–1 ODI series win against South Africa, Kohli became the first Indian captain to win an ODI series in South Africa. Also in 2018, Kohli was named as the captain of both the World Test XI and ODI XI by the ICC.
In the 2011 season, Kohli was named vice-captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore and captained the team in a few matches in the absence of Daniel Vettori. After Vettori’s retirement at the end of the 2012 season, Kohli was appointed as the captain of the team for the 2013 season. Kohli managed to take his team to the finals in the 2016 season but failed to lift the trophy.
Virat Kohli’s father, Prem Kohli, worked as a criminal lawyer and his mother, Saroj Kohli, is a housewife. He has two elder siblings, brother, Vikas and sister, Bhavna. Kohli’s father ensured that Virat received proper training in cricket and supported cricket as a child. Virat lost his father in 2006 due to a stroke. Kohli tied the knot with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in 2017.