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Biography of Virat Kohli
- Born:- 5 November 1988 (age 28), Delhi, India
- Height:- 1.75 m
- 2015-Present:- Royal Challengers Bangalore (squad no. 18)
- Last T20I:- 1 February 2017 v England
- Awards:- ICC One Day International Player of the Year Award
- Siblings:- Bhavna Kohli, Vikash Kohli
Virat Kohli was born on 5thNovember 1988 in Delhi. He had loads of talent right from the start, a young lad deteriorated from his path in the first few years but recovered from it through proper guidance by seniors and family. A young, arrogant, and hotheaded Virat soon realized that attitude won’t make him a hero of a billion Indians. Virat Kohli made his debut in first-class cricket in 2006 at the age of 19. Two years later, Virat lifted ICC Under-19 World Cup for India beating South African team in the finals.
Virat Kohli debuted in 2008 on tour to Sri Lanka, in the later years, Kohli groomed himself as one of the most balanced players in International cricket. Virat Kohli had several affairs and scandals in the years to come, he was involved in verbal and physical conflicts with opponent players on and off the ground, he was portrayed as an angry young lad by media in the beginning.
After a triumphant World Cup campaign in 2011, Virat Kohli was completely a different person, he was humble and courteous in IPL and International cricket, his performances in the next five years were unbelievable. Virat made his way to the top of ICC ODI and T20 rankings, he became a captain of Indian Test team in 2014 after MS Dhoni decided to retire from test cricket. Virat is now a sensation of India, a role model for millions of young cricketers around the world, he is undisputedly the best player of the century in the making. He now holds number one position in T20 Internationals, number 2 in ODI cricket and number 3 batsmen in test cricket.
Overall, Virat Kohli is the most dynamic player in cricket right now, his stroke making, his way of building an inning in pressure situations and coping with a hostile bowling attack with patience and appropriate strategy is adorable and appreciable. Virat bats at number 3 position, getting him out early in the innings are one of the hardest things in cricket. Virat Kohli is so balanced that some of the best bowlers can’t find an error in his batting stance and strategy.
Domestic Career of Virat Kohli
Kohli was handed bat by his father when he was 3, the first bowler he faced was his father. Virat was groomed in gully cricket and then at the age of 9, he joined professional cricket club West Delhi Cricket Academy. Kohli excelled in cricket along with studies in the transition period. He was finally called by Delhi U-15 team for Umrigar Trophy where he ended up as the leading run-scorer in 2002. In the next season, Virat was captain of the same team for Umrigar Trophy. In the next season in 2004, Virat Kohli was promoted to Under-17 team for Vijay Merchant Trophy. He was the highest run-maker with the highest average of 117 in four matches and 84 in the tournament won by Delhi and Kohli was a man of the tournament for his brilliant batting. After an extraordinary and skillful season, Virat Kohli made his list-A debut for Delhi. In the same year, he was named in a squad for Under-19 World Cup in the coming series against England U-19 and then against Pakistan U-19.
Virat Kohli started first-class cricket in late 2006, he scored a crucial 90-run inning a day after his father’s death, his gesture was applauded by the whole India. He said that ‘I said to myself that either to sit here and cry or to chase my father’s dream.’ His mother commented that he changed a bit after that day, his skills were polished and effective day by day. He was a changed Virat from that day. T20 Cricket was one of his favorite forms at the time, he won inter-state Under-19 championship for India with the highest run average in the tournament.
Kohli was a strong contender as a captain for the next Under-19 World Cup in 2008. He led team India to victory beating Proteas in the final match. Kohli became famous after the world cup winning. He was given a chance the same year against Islanders, he got out in the first match on 12 with the Sri Lankan team winning the game. Right after the World Cup, the inaugural season of IPL was launched, and Virat Kohli received a youth player contract for the first season by Royal Challengers Bangalore for his performances in U-19 World Cup and the series following it.
Virat Kohli International Career
Kohli was named in the30-man squad for Champions Trophy in Pakistan later moved to South Africa in 2009. Kohli, however, made it to final eleven for Sri Lanka tour. He hardly made an impact when he made his debut. His first ODI half-century came in the fourth match, he had a string of the 30s in the coming matches with India winning the 5-match ODI series. Virat Kohli stats and records in domestic cricket were above the mark and enough for him to get selected in the team. Kohli was a permanent player of Delhi team, he played Nissar Cup, Board President’s XI, and in Ranji Trophy. He warmed the bench in ODI series against England, at the same time, he was rewarded a Grade D contract by BCCI in 2008. Kohli had a chance to make his place permanent in ODI squad when Gautam Gambhir was injured for tri-series in 2009. The number-4 position was vacant for him, he batted at that position for the season. Another injury of Yuvraj Singh gave Virat Kohli another chance in the rescheduled Champions Trophy in 2009. He scored 79 not out against West Indies that earned him his first man of the match award in ODIs. In the next one and a half year, Kohli served as a reserve batsman for Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir. His first ODI century came off 111 balls in a fourth ODI against Australia. In 2010, his first notable performance came against Bangladesh in a tri-series when he scored a 91-run inning at a crucial stage when team India was struggling to chase a big target. That tri-nation series changed the career of Virat Kohli, he was phenomenal in every match of the series. He was the leading run-scorer at the end of the tournament with an average of 91.66, after the triangular series, Kohli was praised for his stylish batting and handling pressure situations.
An Era of Greatness
In mid-2010, Kohli was made vice-captain of team India on tour to Zimbabwe, Kohli had a good run in the tri-series though India was knocked out of the tournament with four defeats. Kohli became the fastest Indian to reach 1000 runs in ODIs, he had a rough patch in coming series until his third century and the second one against Australia, his second man of the match award against Australia. Later in a series against New Zealand, he hits another century and second in a row, he averaged 47 in the year 2010 stepping into the World Cup as an in-form batsman. He jumped to the second position in ICC ODI rankings with runs flowing to his side before the World Cup.
Virat Kohli ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
World Cup was held in sub-continent with similar conditions and grounds. Kohli was one of the most watched batsmen in ICC CWC 2011 in India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. Kohli was the first choice for MS Dhoni in all the matches, he played all the matches of the World Cup 2011. He started the World Cup campaign with a century against Bangladesh, in the middle stages of the tournament, Kohli’s performances were not up to the mark. He got his form back in a match against West Indies with a half century, he scored 35 in the final match. His partnership in the final match against Sri Lanka was match-defining as wickets fell early in the innings.
Post World Cup Career & Records
Virat was a T20 and ODI specialist until World Cup 2011, he was considered for Test team for West Indies tour in the summers of 2011. Kohli was given test cap in the first Test match against West Indies. After a successful ODI series for Virat, his first test match was not successfully followed by the series where he scored 76 runs in five innings altogether. He was dropped from the Test squad but recalled as a replacement for Yuvraj. He didn’t get a chance in any match of the series. His ODI and T20 form continued to get better by every passing day. In a home series against England, Kohli amassed 270 runs in a 5-match series won by India 5-0. He was as good as Picasso in chasing the targets, he was termed as one of the best pressure handlers in ODI cricket by his seniors. Kohli had four ODI centuries in the calendar year 2011.
Kohli was back in test cricket but this time with a controversy when he taunted back Australian crowd raising a middle finger to them. Kohli’s lost form came back after that controversial test, he scored 44 and 75 in the next test, his maiden century in Test cricket came against Australia in a losing cause as India was humiliated with a 4-0 defeat.
In a CB series, Kohli again had a string of the fifties followed by a century in a historical and one of the quickest run-chases against Sri Lanka. In Asia Cup 2012, Kohli scored 183, his highest ODI score and highest one against Pakistan in One Day Internationals. In ICC T20 World Cup 2012, he had an average of 46 in Twenty 20 Internationals, highest by any player in the tournament.
In 2014, Kohli’s man of the match performances and centuries in ODI and Tests continued as he captained India while Dhoni was rested for the series against Sri Lanka whitewashed by India 5-0. He became the fastest player to reach 6,000 runs in ODIs, other records kept by Kevin Petersen. He also became the second cricketer to score 1000 runs in four consecutive years in One Day Internationals.
Captain Virat Kohli
Kohli lost his form in ODIs as he succeeded in Test Cricket, he became a full-time Test captain of India after Dhoni announced his retirement from Test cricket. Before that, Kohli was made interim test captain in place of injured Dhoni and scored 115 on his captaincy debut against Australia, Kohli scored a century in the second innings as batting order collapsed. After the third match, Dhoni retired, and Kohli was the full-time captain of the team, he scored another century, his third consecutive one as a test batsman.
In Cricket World Cup 2015, Kohli had another successful match against Pakistan and another century lining up. Later in the tournament, Kohli’s performances were disappointing as he departed early in the innings with low average. Kohli was the fastest player in T20 cricket to reach 1000 runs milestone
Virat Kohli is a natural stroke maker, he is of aggressive nature as his defensive technique never paid him on foreign tours as described in the biography of Virat Kohli. His batting average while having is extraordinary 63 as compared to his first-innings 41 average.
IPL Career of Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli started his IPL season with a youth contract in 2008, he was retained by RCB in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, Virat was a third-highest run scorer of the tournament. He was made vice-captain in 2011 by Royal Challengers Bangalore. After 2013 season, Kohli is still captaining RCB, and he had been a brilliant captain for his franchise. In 2016 season of IPL, Kohli became highest run-scorer in IPL history scoring four centuries in IPL 2016. His team lost in the final as he completed 4000 runs in T20 format.
Virat Kohli Stats & Records and Career Achievements
Virat has been scoring tons since 2008, he is an extraordinarycricketer. Viv Richards once said that Virat Kohli is ‘already legendary.’ He is believed to likely break every batting record made by Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar as he advanced in his career. Here are some of the notable International records made by Virat Kohli. His best record is averaging 50 runs in all the three formats of cricket.
Virat Kohli is the Fastest Indian cricketer to reach 1,000 runs, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000 runs in World Cricket. He is the fastest player in the world to reach 7000 runs in One Day Internationals. Virat is also the fast Indian to score 10 centuries, 15 centuries, and 20 centuries. He is fastest in the world to touch 25-century milestone in ODIs. Kohli surpassed India’s all-time greatest batsmen scoring most ODI runs from 2010-2014. Virat made a unique world record recently by scoring three double centuries in three successive Test series as a captain.
Virat Kohli was ICC and BCCI ODI player of the year in 2012, he received Arjuna Award in 2013 for his ODI performances. He scored highest runs in a T20i tournament in 2014 T20 World Cup.
Scandals & Controversies
Virat Kohli was part of several controversies and scandals in his career. His biggest scandal was his love affair with Indian Model and actress Anushka Sharma. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma was caught on media dating in St. Lucia.
Kohli once raised his middle finger to the Australian crowd after being taunted by some people in the crowd. He was involved in some on-ground face-offs, once in IPL with Gautam Gambhir, another incident took place in a match against England facing Ben Stokes. He once conveyed an absurd verbal response to Bangladesh’s Rubel Hasan. After an Indian Premier League match when Virat Kohli was walking back to the dressing room, he was mocked by a fan, the incident occurred when Kohli walked back and threatened the fan for his words.
Endorsements and Assets
Kohli earns over INR 100 crores from endorsements, he owns most expensive bat in the world prepared by MRF. Kohli is attached as a brand ambassador of more than 15 brands. Some of the famous brands are Fair and Lovely, Pepsi Co, Audi, Boost energy drink, Tissot, Smaash, TVS Motors, Nitesh Estates, MRF Tyres, Colgate, Adidas, and Clear for men.
Virat Kohli is co-owner of ISL team FC Goa, he bought the team in 2014 as he said that he is a great fan of Football. Virat Kohli also owns UAE Royals in the International Premier Tennis League, he is also the co-owner of Bengaluru Yodhas, a wrestling franchise in the Pro Wrestling League in India.
Kohli also started a fashion brand partnered with Anjana Reddy, Kohli is also a shareholder in the company and sports ambassador for the company. Kohli is the richest cricketer in the World with multiple businesses running successfully. Kohli is also the founder of Chisel network of gyms and fitness centers all over India. Kohli is also the founder of Children clothing brand Stepathlon Kids.
Virat Kohli Family & Personal Life
Virat Kohli family lives in Delhi, his father Prem Kohli was a lawyer. He has a brother Vikash Kohli and a sister Bhavna Kohli. Kohli’s mother’s name is Saroj Kohli. Virat Kohli was financially unstable after his father’s death before he was selected in the national side.