Virat Kohli , The Run Machine

Virat Kohli, the run machine

Introduction

Virat Kohli was born in 5 November 1988 in Delhi. His nickname is Cheeku. He is an Indian Cricketer and also Captain the Indian Cricket Team. He is an right handed batsman. In 2016 Virat ranked 8th in ESPN list of World’s most famous athletes. Apart from International Cricket, Virat also Captain Royal Challengers Banglore in  Indian Premier League (IPL). He is one of the best batsman in the World. Kohli is very passionate about his game and his aggressive nature mostly favour the Indian Cricket Team.

Early Life

Virat Kohli was born into a Punjabi family in Delhi. His father was worked as a criminal lawyer and his mother is a housewife. Virat has one elder brother, Vikash and one elder sister, Bhavna. Virat started his schooling at Vishal Bharti Public School. At the age of nine, Virat joined West Delhi Cricket Academy. Rajkumar Sharma was the coach of Virat Kohli and he also played matches at Sumeet Dogra. Kohli was also very good in academics.

Virat’s father died on 18th December 2006 due to stroke. Virat said that, “I’ve seen a lot in life, losing my father at early age, that was a tough time for my whole family. My father was big support to me, I miss his presence sometimes.

International Career

Early Years

Virat Kohli played his first International ODI in August 2008 against Sri-Lanka, He made his international debut at the age of 19.His first ODI half century came in his fourth match, he score 54 runs in that match. When the Champions Trophy was postponed to 2009, Virat Kohli was picked up as a replacement for injured Shikhar Dhawan in the squad of India A for the unofficial Test against Australia A in September 2008.

After that Virat included in the squad for the ODI series against England in November 2008, due to the inclusion of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, Virat did’nt get a chance to play. Virat Kohli was selected in the four-team Emerging Players Tournament in 2009 held in Australia. Virat played as a opener  for the India Emerging Player in that tournament. He score 104 runs off 102 balls in the final against South Africa Emerging Players through which India Emerging Players won that tournament. Virat Kohli was the leading run-scorer in that tournament, he score 398 runs with the strike rate of 66.33.

Virat Kohli batted at No.4 for India in 2009 Champions Trophy by replacing injured Yuvraj Singh. Kohli won his first Man of the Match award against West Indies by scoring unbeaten 79 runs . He became the third batsman to score two centuries before the age of 22.

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Started Making Career

In the tri-series against Sri-Lanka and Zimbabwe in the 2010, Virat became the fastest Indian batsman to reach 1,000 runs in ODI cricket. Kohli made his T20 debut against Zimbabwe.  Virat’s early international career was going up and down. In 2011, Virat was named in 15 men squad in the World Cup, his performance in the World Cup was good. Kohli became captain for the first ODI of the triangular series in West Indies after the injury of MS Dhoni. In his second match as a captain, Virat scored his first century as a captain. He scored 102 runs in just 83 balls against the West Indies. In December 2014, Kohli became the Test Captain of Indian team due to the Dhoni’s injury, Virat scored 115 runs in first inning and became fourth Indian to score century in his test first test as a Captain.

In the first match of 2015 World Cup, Virat scored 107 runs in just 126 balls against Pakistan and make India win by 76 runs. He scored his 20th century in ODI and 1st century in the World Cup. In 2016 Kohli became fastest batsman to reach 7,000 runs in just 161 innings and also became fastest batsman to reach 25 centuries. And later he became the captain of Indian Cricket Team in all three formats and led the team very well. He score double centuries in test matches against West Indies, Newzealand, England and Bangladesh, became first test batsman to score double centuries in four consecutive series. Aftr defeating New Zealand, India regain top rankings in Test.

Career Statistics

Virat Kohli scored 4,616 runs in just 59 matches with the batting average of 49.63. He score 14 half centuries and 17 centuries in Test matches with the best score of 235 runs.

He scored 9,030 runs in 202 matches with the batting average of 55.74. Virat scored 45 half centuries and 32 centuries in ODI matches with the best score of 183 runs.

Virat scored 1,956 runs in just 55 matches with the batting average of 52.86. He scored 18 half centuries in T20 matches with the best score of 90 notout.

Virat Kohli’s Records

  • Fastest century by an Indian batsman in ODI (in just 52 balls).
  • Became Fastest Indian to reach 1,000 runs in ODIs.
  • Fastest Indian and third fastest batsman In the world to reach 5,000 runs in ODIs.
  • Fastest Indian and second fastest batsman to reach 6,000 rubns in ODIs.
  • Became fastest Indian and second fastest batsman to reach 7,000 runs in ODIs.
  • Fastest player to reach 8,000 runs in ODIs.
  • Became fastest Indian and second fastest batsman to score 10,15,20 and 25 centuries
  • Fastest batsman to score 30 centuries.
  • Became fastest batsman to score 1,000 runs in T20.

Awards

  • ICC ODI player of the year in 2012.
  • ICC World XI in 2012, 2014 & 2016.
  • BCCI’s Polly Umrigar Award for International Cricketer of the year from 2011-12, 2014-15, 2015-16.
  • Arjuna Award I 2013.
  • Padma Shri Award in 2017.
  • CEAT International Cricketer of the year from 2011-12, 2013-14.
  • Wisden Leading cricketer in the World in 2016.

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