Always destined for greatness and with a full-throttle never-say-die attitude on his mature head, Virat Kohli has justified his potential with consistent performances over the years and the Indian cricket team captain looks well-set to shoulder responsibility for Team India in the coming years.
Virat Kohli Career info, Virat Kohli Stats, Virat Kohli Records
A young Virat Kohli shot to fame after leading India U-19 to a memorable victory in the U-19 World Cup in Malaysia in 2008. Kohli was fast-tracked into the Indian team in the same year after impressive performances in the domestic circuit for his home-team Delhi. Virat made his ODI debut for India on August 18, 2008 and there was no looking back for the talented Delhi lad. Initially, he was tried in various positions in the batting line-up, from opening the innings to batting in the middle-order. With a never-say-die attitude on the field along with exemplary technique, Virat Kohli has already blossomed into one of the finest batsmen that the world has seen. He has justified his potential with consistent performances over the years and the Indian cricket team captain looks well-set to shoulder the responsibility in the coming years too. Check out all the Virat Kohli stats and records here.
Virat Kohli Cricket Career
Kohli first played for Delhi Under-15 team in October 2002 in the 2002–03 Polly Umrigar Trophy and ended up as the leading run-scorer for his team in the tournament with 172 runs at an average of 34.40. In the next edition of the tournament, Virat became the captain of the Delhi U-15 team and scored 390 runs in 5 innings at an average of 78 including two centuries and two fifties. Kohli was selected in Delhi Under-17 team for 2003–04 Vijay Merchant Trophy in 2004 and went on to score 470 runs in just four matches at an average of 117.50. In the next edition of the tournament, which Kohli helped his team win the tournament and was the highest run-scorer with 757 runs from 7 matches at an average of 84.11.
In July 2006, Kohli was rewarded for his fine domestic performances with a call-up to the India Under-19 team on its tour of England. He averaged 105 in the three-match ODI series against England Under-19. Kohli continued to impress for India U-19 and went on to score heaps of runs and also bowled useful medium-pace for the team.
A fitness freak, Kohli is in a league of his own and has combined his technical proficiency with winning mentality to a great effect. An Under-19 world Cup-winning captain in 2008, Kohli attracted attention as he accumulated runs galore at junior levels. Soon after, Virat Kohli was given a chance to open the batting in the ODI series against Sri Lanka in 2008. He played some noteworthy knocks and has never looked back since. He developed a penchant for scoring runs in bulk and excelled specially in run-chases, guiding India home on numerous occasions.
Kohli holds numerous Indian batting records including the fastest ODI century, the fastest batsman to score 5,000 ODI runs and the fastest to 10 ODI centuries. In February 2018, Kohli scored his 34th ODI century and second of the series against South Africa.
Records held by Virat Kohli
- The Indian Cricket teamcaptainVirat Kohli, is the first Indian cricketer who made a century on his debut in the World Cup 2011.
- At the age of 22, Kohli made 2 ODI hundreds. After Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina, he is the third Indian cricketer to do so.
- Virat is amongst the faster cricketer, who has completed 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000 runs in ODI matches.
- Virat Kohli made his first century as a captain during the Tri- series in 2013 against West Indies.
- During the bilateral series in 2013 against Australia, Virat Kohli made two centuries.
- He is the fastest cricketer to score 25 ODI tons and the fastest to reach 7,500 ODI runs.
- Virat Kohli is the third cricketer in the world after Rickey Ponting and Don Bradman, who scored three double hundreds in the calendar year.
- Kohli is also the first Indian skipper who registered 9 test wins in the calendar year itself.
- He shares a record of 4 double hundreds with Michael Clarke, Don Bradman, and Graeme Smith.
- Virat is also one of the Indian cricketers who have aggravated more than 1000 test runs.
- He is the first Indian test skipper who scored a double century in the overseas test.
- Virat Kohli is amongst very few cricketers who have scored the highest runs in the IPL match. He made 973 runs in 16 games in the year 2016.
- He is one of the cricketers who has made four hundred in IPL.
- In international cricket, he made 19,000 runs, becoming the fastest player to do so.
- He is the first Indian cricketer who scored the highest runs while playing against Australia in the year 2020. He made 11208 runs in only 199 innings. He surpassed the MS. Dhoni’s record of 11207 runs in 330 innings.
Team India captaincy
After MS Dhoni's Test retirement in 2014, Kohli was appointed Test captain and in 2017, Kohli was named the limited-overs captain too after Dhoni stepped down from the position. Kohli is already India’s most successful captain in Test cricket – with 33 wins in 56 Test matches and his record in limited over format is also commendable with 63 wins in 92 ODIs and 26 wins in 40 T20Is.
Virat Kohli Age, Virat Kohli Family, Virat Kohli Wife, Virat Kohli ICC Rankings
Currently 32 years of age, Virat Kohli is married to Bollywood Actress Anushka Sharma. The couple married in December 2017. Their relationship started in 2013 and attracted substantial media attraction and the celebrity couple were given the nickname “Virushka”.
Virat Kohli has consistently dominated the ICC Rankings in all the 3 formats of the game and he became the first player in history to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men’s Test Player of the Year and the ICC ODI Player of the Year awards following an stupendous 2018.
Awards and Accolades
Virat Kohli was awarded the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012, 2017 and 2018. In 2017 and 2018, he was awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year). In 2018, he also got the award of ICC Test Player of the Year. He was Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2013, the Padma Shri in 2017 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2018.
Kohli was recently awarded the coveted Sir Garfield Sobers award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade (2010-2020) for his incredible record across all three formats along with ICC Men’s ODI Player of the Decade (2010-2020), Kohli opened up on his mindset, ““My only intention was to make winning contributions for the team and I just strive to do that in every game. Stats just become the byproduct of what you want to do on the field.” The Indian skipper has been prolific across all three formats in the past decade and that helped him notch all the top honours at the ICC Awards.