Virat Kohli’s Journey: Virat Kohli, who made a special identity in the world due to his passion for cricket, hunger to score runs and strong fitness, was born on 5 November 1988 in a Punjabi family in Delhi. Kohli has studied from Vishal Bharti Public School in Delhi. In 1998, he joined the West Delhi Cricket Academy, where Rajkumar Sharma was his coach. He was also playing for Sumeet Dogra Academy at the same time.
Since childhood, Kohli had a special passion for this game. However, due to his aggressive nature, many times in the initial days, he had to take a scolding from his coach Rajkumar Sharma. However, to turn his dream of playing for India into reality, Kohli changed his school in class 9 and started practicing in Delhi’s Paschim Vihar.
It was Kohli’s hard work that in 2002 he got an entry in the Delhi Under-15 team. Kohli had the ability to lead from the beginning and in view of this quality, he was made the captain of the team in the Polly Umrigar Trophy in 2003-04.
In 2004, seeing Kohli’s talent and consistency in performance, he got an opportunity to play in the Delhi Under-17 team in the Vijay Merchant Trophy. Kohli grabbed this opportunity with both hands and scored the most runs in the tournament. In seven matches of this tournament, Kohli scored 757 runs at an impressive average of 84.11. It included two centuries.
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90 runs inning played the day after father’s death
What was then, as if Kohli’s hopes were met and he kept writing new success stories in domestic tournaments one after the other. In the year 2006, he got an opportunity to play in first class cricket for Delhi.
In 2006 itself, the shadow of the father rose from Kohli’s head. At that time Kohli was playing domestic cricket for Delhi. However, the day after his father’s death, Kohli decided to play and made a lot of headlines by scoring 90 runs. After getting out in the match, he went straight to the funeral. He scored a total of 257 runs in 6 matches in that season at an average of 36.71.
Entry in Under-19 team in 2006
Kohli was included in the India Under-19 team during the 2006 tour of England. In this three-match series, Kohli scored runs at an average of 105 and knocked on the door of the senior team. After this, he stepped into T20 cricket and scored runs in the State T20 Championship at an average of 35.80.
While playing for the Under-19 team, Kohli proved his mettle in series against Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and was made the captain of India in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup. Virat Kohli made a lot of headlines by scoring 235 runs in six matches of this tournament and everyone started praising his talent.
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Place in Indian team in 2008
In 2008, during India’s tour of Sri Lanka, Kohli got a chance to present his skills in international cricket. At that time his age was only 19 years. However, in his first match he could score only 12 runs and the team also had to face defeat badly. At that time no one would have thought that going ahead this player would become the captain of India and would be included in the list of the greatest players of the country.
In his fourth match, Kohli scored 54 runs. In the five-match series against Sri Lanka, Kohli scored 12, 37, 25, 54 and 31 runs. Team India won 3-2 in this series. This was India’s first win on their soil against Sri Lanka.
became vice-captain in 2010
Many senior players were rested during India’s tour of Zimbabwe in 2010. Suresh Raina became the captain and Virat Kohli became the vice-captain on this tour. Kohli scored 168 runs in this series at an average of 42. Which included two half-centuries. During this series, Kohli became the fastest Indian batsman to complete 1000 runs in ODIs.
A blast on the tour of South Africa
Kohli continued his stellar form during India’s tour of South Africa in 2011, scoring the most runs in the series at an average of 48.25. At the end of this series, Kohli finished second in the ODI rankings.
Lasith Malinga hit six fours in an over in Australia
In the Commonwealth Bank series played between Australia, India and Sri Lanka, Kohli’s bat kept on spewing runs. First he played a brilliant innings of 77 in Perth and then 66 in Brisbane. After this, when India had to score fast to enter the final, Kohli scored 133 runs in 86 balls and gave the team the ticket to the final. During this, he also hit six fours in one over of Lasith Malinga. At that time big batsmen used to fear Malinga, but Kohli faced him boldly.
First century as captain against West Indies
Virat Kohli was constantly making a splash in limited overs cricket. During this, he was getting a lot of success in Test cricket as well. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni got injured in the series against West Indies and Kohli was made the captain in the rest of the series. In his second match as captain, Kohli scored a brilliant match-winning century.
Test captain in 2014
Apart from ODI cricket, Kohli was also waving the flag of success in Tests. Kohli continued to score runs in all formats of international cricket and then after Dhoni’s retirement from Tests in 2014, he was given the responsibility of leading the team in this format.
Kohli has not looked back since then and has achieved a big position in world cricket by playing one big innings after another. Under Kohli’s captaincy, the way Team India played has changed. It was Kohli who taught the team to play overseas with the spirit of victory.
Soon, Kohli became India’s most successful captain in Test cricket. Under Kohli’s captaincy, India won the Test series for the first time in Australia. Kohli has so far captained India in 67 Tests. During this, Team India has won 40 matches. Kohli is India’s most successful Test captain.
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Captaincy in limited overs in 2017
In 2017, MS Dhoni suddenly took the decision to step down from the captaincy in ODI cricket and Kohli was appointed the captain of India in limited overs cricket as well. The burden of captaincy was never visible in Kohli’s batting and he continued to achieve new achievements in international cricket. Kohli has captained India in 95 ODI matches. During this, the team has won 65 matches. At the same time, in T20 International, Kohli captained in 50 matches and led the team to victory in 30 matches.
10,000 runs in ODIs before the age of 30
Since making his debut at the age of 19, Kohli continued to make a mark in ODI cricket. He scored consistently in all three formats. Kohli completed 10,000 runs in ODI cricket even before the age of 30. The ICC named Kohli as the captain of both the World Test XI and ODI XI for 2017.
Virat Kohli has played 98 Tests, 254 ODIs and 95 T20 Internationals for India so far. He has 27 centuries and 7854 runs in Tests. At the same time, there are 12169 runs in ODIs with 43 centuries. Apart from this, there are 3227 runs in T20 Internationals with 29 half-centuries.
Seeing many big records in his name
70 centuries in international cricket (43 in ODIs and 27 in Tests)
Records for fastest to 8000 (175 innings), 9000 (194 innings), 10000 (205 innings) and 11000 runs (222 innings) in ODI cricket
Fastest captain to score 8000 runs (137 innings) in International Cricket
First batsman to score a century in first three Test innings as captain
The only batsman to score four double centuries in four consecutive series in Test cricket
The only batsman to score more than 20000 runs in international cricket at an average of 50
Batsmen with most double centuries in Tests for India (7)
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