Daring, tough and fiercely talented, the stylish right-handed batsman of Indian Cricket Team, Virat Kohli has emerged as one of the most pack-leading faces of the India cricket’s current generation. With a firm bottom hand grip and the ability to smash the balls landing in a particular area in the ground, Kohli has curved a niche of his own Indian cricket career.
Scoring centuries, chasing targets, breaking records and leading team to new heights has nailed his cricket career successfully. There are many stars, superstars and then there is Virat Kohli. He is regarded as one of the best players in the world and has earned respect and millions of fans through his brilliant skills in all formats.
Born and raised in Delhi, Kohli represented his city’s cricket team in various age group level before making his debut in 2006. The right-handed batsman rose to fame when he captained India’s victorious World Cup Under-19 side in Malaysia in 2008.
Virat Kohli, appointed as vice-captain of the Indian ODI Team in the year 2012, and he was declared as captain for the team in the absence of regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
After Dhoni’s retirement, Kohli has handed-over the Test captaincy.
Kohli holds numerous Indian batting records, which includes:
- Fastest ODI century.
- Batsman to score 5,000 ODI runs.
- Fastest Ten ODI centuries.
- First Indian batsman to score two Test Double Centuries as a captain.
His cheekiness, self-assured attitude are also loved by millions of cricket fans in India. From a small kid who played for the local cricket teams to Indian Cricket team cricket, Virat Kohli from the age 8 to 28 he had a long and inspiring journey.
Veeru Tweeted on Virat Kohli Birthday
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 5, 2016
Along with amazing innings, he has also bagged some of the prestigious awards.
- In 2013, he was awarded famous Arjuna Award in recognition of his achievements in the Indian cricket.
- In the year 2012, he got ICC ODI Player of the Year.
- Kohli owned BCCI International Cricketer of the year for the 2011-12 and 2014-15 seasons.
Milestones of Virat Kohli Cricket Career
- In the year 2009 from July-August, Kohli selected as the Emerging Players Tournament that was being played against Australia amongst four teams. He was the leading scorer with 398 runs and with a batting average of 66.33. His century in the final match helped the team to win the Tournament. Virat himself mentioned that this tournament is the turning point of his career.
- In 2009 ICC Champions Trophy, he played as a substitute to Yuvraj Singh. He found huge success in the Tri-nation series in 2010 against Bangladesh. He scored second ODI Century making him the second batsman to score 2 ODI centuries before his 22nd birthday. Kohli finished the tournament with the highest score with an average of 91.66.
Kohli manages to reach 1000 ODI runs and become the fastest Indian batsman.
- In the ODI series in late at 2010 at his hometown, Virat once again made vice-captain where the team was led by Suresh Raina. With his fabulous innings, he ended the year as an India’s highest scorer of the calendar year.
- In January 2011, as per the ICC Rankings Kohli reached rank no.2 and he was named for the ICC World Cup. He had made an unbeaten century in the first match. His performance in the final match has made a very crucial to win, and India brought World Cup home for the first time since 1983.
- Virat Kohli made his Test debut in West Indies later that year in which he seemed to struggle at first. He scored his Maiden Test century against Australia.
- Kohli has an impressive strike rate of 132.99 in T20 International matches.
- He declared as the Player of the Tournament for 2016 T20 Worldcup.
- ICC made him as a caption for T20 World XI Team.
With his charming looks and different hairstyles, he has an enormous female fan following. Virat Kohli was in an entirely high-profile relationship with Bollywood Actress Anushka Sharma.
Suresh Raina Tweeted on Virat Kohli Birthday
— Suresh Raina™ (@RainaDiary) November 5, 2016
He has a total of four tattoos, two on his right (Zodiac sign and tribal design) hand and two on his left hand (Samurai with sword and Chinese symbol of faith). As he turned only just 28 years today, here we wished a great Happy Birthday to stylish right-handed batsman Virat Kohli.