Virat Kohli

ViratKohli 33 yrs


Born:Nov 5, 1988Delhi
batting style
Right Handed
bowling style
Right-arm medium

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Batting Career


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Teams Played For

India, Delhi, India Red, India U19, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Board Presidents XI, North Zone, Indians, India A

Virat's Bio

A modern legend of the game, Virat Kohli is definitely the most versatile batsman currently and by the time he brings the curtain down on his career, Kohli might well become the greatest ever batsman to have graced the game. Despite emerging as a child prodigy who led India to a U 19 World Cup win back in 2008. Kohli wasn’t quite gifted like his idol Sachin Tendulkar. However, his hardwork and dedication helped him achieve what he has today. 

Emerging as a chubby and flamboyant youngster, Kohli was often touted as an arrogant young kid. He was in a totally different mould unlike the culture in the Indian cricket team before. He was aggressive and even in his early days, he never backed away from indulging himself in needling the oppositions. Just like Rahul Dravid told in an interview, “Needling the opposition gets the best out of him but it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.” 

Born in 1988 in Delhi to a Punjabi family, Kohli was interested in cricket from a very early age. He used to hold a cricket bat as a 3-year kid and would ask his father to bowl at him. Kohli’s father admitted him to an academy where he trained under the watchful guidance of Rajkumar Sharma. Recalling Kohli’s early days, Rajkumar Sharma said that Kohli oozed class from an early age. 

“He oozed talent. It was so difficult to keep him quiet. He was a natural in whatever he did and I was most impressed with his attitude. He was ready to bat at any spot, and I had to literally push him home after the training sessions. He just wouldn’t leave,” Rajkumar Sharma had said in an interview. 

Kohli went on to play for the Delhi U 15 team in October 2002 and was part of the 2002-03 Polly Umrigar Trophy. He finished as the leading run-getter for his team and was appointed as the captain in the next season. He smashed 390 runs in just 5 matches including two centuries and two half-centuries. He kept churning out runs on a consistent basis and in the 2003-04 Vijay Merchant Trophy, Kohli was at his staggering best scoring 470 runs in just 4 matches. 

Following his consistent run, Kohli was awarded a place in the India U 19 squad for the tour of England in July 2006. India won the series and Kohli emerged as a promising talent and earned accolades from the then Indian manager Lalchand Rajput. The same year Kohli made his first-class debut for Delhi against Tamil Nadu in November. A month later, Kohli had to deal with a big personal loss after the death of his father but he decided to play a day after his father’s death and went onto score a match-saving 90 against Karnataka. 

In February March 2008, Kohli was appointed as the skipper of the Indian U 19 team for the 2008 World Cup. Kohli not only impressed with the bat led India to a sensational victory. Batting at No 3, Kohli scored 235 runs in 6 matches at an average of 47 which included a century against West Indies. Following his heroics in the junior World Cup, Kohli bagged an IPL contract with the Royal Challengers Bangalore and was bought at his base price.

He was soon drafted into the senior Indian side when he was included in the squad for the ODI series in Sri Lanka. Regular openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag had sustained injuries and Kohli played as a makeshift opener scoring a solitary fifty in his 5 outings. The youngster took some time to settle himself in a side loaded with superstars. 

He smashed his maiden international century in 2009 in an ODI against Sri Lanka in Kolkata. Along with Gautam Gambhir, Kohli shared a sensational stand and helped India win the match from a precarious situation. Gambhir showed a great gesture by awarding his Man of the Match Award to Kohli. 

Kohli made his World Cup debut in 2011 and joined an elite list of cricketers with a hundred on World Cup debut in the opener against Bangladesh. Two years after making his ODI debut, Kohli was finally handed over the Test debut against the Caribbeans in 2011. In the next series in Australia, Kohli’s technique was questioned after two disappointing outings in the first two games. However the skipper MS Dhoni persisted with him and the result was there for everyone to see in the next two matches. He smashed 75 and 44 in the next Test in Perth and followed it up with a maiden Test century in Adelaide when most of the other experienced batsmen failed. 

Kohli’s breakthrough ODI knock came in 2012 when he thrashed the Sri Lankan bowlers all around the park in Hobart and helped India chase down a stiff target of 321 in just the 38th over. Lasith Malinga received some special treatment from Kohli as