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Virat Kohli is an Indian international cricketer, counted amongst the top sportsmen in India. Considered to be among the best batsmen in the present era, he also doubles up as an occasional right-arm medium pace bowler. He is known for his dependable and powerful batting style and has single-handedly won several matches for India. Virat became fascinated with cricket quite early on in his life and took to the bat when he was just three.

His parents recognized his potential and had him enrolled at the West Delhi Cricket Academy when he was nine years old. He developed into a very talented player over the ensuing years and represented his city Delhi at various age-group levels and domestic cricket. His first major success came in 2008 when he captained India Under-19s to victory at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup. Soon he was selected to play for the Indian team and established himself as a valuable middle order player.

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After having gained a reputation as an “ODI specialist”, he has proved his mettle in test cricket as well. Virat Kohli captained the Indian cricket team across all three formats, between 2013 and 2022. He is married to famous Indian actress Anushka Sharma.

Let’s take a look at his Biography.

Virat Kohli: Biography

Full NameVirat Kohli
NicknamesChickoo, King Kohli
Age33 years
GenderMale
Sport CategoryCricket
Date of BirthNovember 5, 1988
HometownDelhi, India
Height175 cm
Weight70 kg
CoachRajkumar Sharma
Achievement2012- ICC ODI Player of the year Award, 2013 – Arjuna Award, 2016,17,18- Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World, 2018- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, 2018- Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy
SpouseAnushka Sharma (Actress)
ParentFather: (late) Prem Kohli


Mother: Saroj Kohli

ChildrenDaughter: Vamika Kohli

ODI Debut18 August 2008
Test Debut20 June 2011 vs. West Indies
ICC Rankings1st in ODI, 5th in T20, 5th in Test [As of April 2021]
T 20 Debutvs Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Jun 12, 2010
Batting StyleRight-handed
Bowling StyleRight-arm medium
Teams Played forIndia, Delhi, India A (India Blues), India Emerging Players, India Red, India Red India Under-19s (Young Cricketers), India Under-19s, Indian Board President’s XI, North Zone, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation, Rest of India, Royal Challengers Bangalore loRoyal Challengers Bangalore
IPL Debutvs Kolkata Knight Riders at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Apr 18, 2008
CaptainRCB, Team India
Alma MaterVishal Bharti Public School
Playing PositionOpener
Signature

Favourites

Favorite ColorBlack & Blue
Favorite PlayerSachin Tendulkar , Chris Gayle , Roger Federer , Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Favorite SportCricket, Tennis and Football
Favorite ActressPenelope Cruz , Katrina Kaif , Anushka Sharma
Favorite ActorAamir Khan , Johnny Depp
Favorite Film DirectorRajkumar Hirani
Favorite MovieBollywood- Jo Jeeta Wahi Sikander (1992) and 3 Idiots (2009),Hollywood – Rocky 4 (1985) and Iron Man (2008)
Favorite SingerEminem , Gurdas Maan
Favorite SongChanna Mere Ya
Favorite PlaceNew Zealand
Favorite FoodSushi, and Salad
Favorite CarAston Martin
Favorite CommentatorHarsha Bhogle
Favorite BookOpen: An Autobiography By Andre Agassi

Virat Kohli: Early Life & Family

Virat Kohli was born in a Punjabi family based in Delhi. Virat Kohli father, Prem Kohli, was a criminal lawyer and his mother Saroj, is a homemaker. Virat has two older siblings, a brother – Vikash and a sister – Bhavna.

When he was hardly three years old, Virat started showing signs of a cricketing career. His father was the one to notice and encourage this talent. He took Kohli to West Delhi Cricket Academy when he was just nine. Rajkumar Sharma was his first coach there and knew right from the beginning that this lad was meant for greatness.

Along with cricket, Virat Kohli was an excellent student in academics as well. His father gave him unconditional support to chase his dreams. Unfortunately, his father couldn’t witness his legendary achievements.

When Kohli was just 19, his father passed away due to a stroke. Even then, Kohli showed up in the field the very next day and played a crucial knock for his team in the ongoing Ranji tournament.

“I still remember the night my father passed away as it was the hardest time in my life. But the call to play the morning after my father’s death came instinctively to me. I called my (Delhi) coach in the morning. I said I wanted to play because for me not completing a cricket game is a sin. That was a moment that changed me as a person. The importance this sport holds in my life is very, very high,” Kohli told NDTV.

Virat Kohli’s Wife

Cricket and Bollywood have been a match made in heaven. And it is, thus, not surprising to know that one of the country’s most successful, Virat Kohli, is married also married to a popular actress Anushka Sharma.

The two had first on the sets of a commercial advertisement shoot back in 2013 and it was here that the sparks were fired.

It was followed by both the parties visiting each others’ workplaces. Kohli would visit the sets where Anushka was shooting, while Anushka was spotted cheering for Virat from the stands in IPL games.

The reports of their affair were confirmed by Kohli himself, who blew a kiss with his bat during one of the matches with Anushka in the stands.

The two never publicly talked about it. After dating for over four years, the duo finally got married on 11 December 2017 in picturesque Florence, Italy.

It was a private ceremony with just close family members and friends. The celebrity couple is widely known by the nickname “Virushka”.

The Indian captain has credited his wife for the emotional strength and maturity in his behavior that he has learned from her. Virat and Anushka are one of the most recognisable and followed couples in the country.

In fact, big brands like Manyawar, Google Duo, etc have even built marketing campaigns with the 2 stars with many popular TV advertisements.

Daughter

The celebrity couple were blessed with a baby girl on January 11, 2021. Virat Kohli and Anushka named their kid as Vamika after the Indian Goddess Durga.

Virat Kohli: Career

DOMESTIC CAREER

Virat’s List A debut came on February 18, 2006, when he played for Delhi against Services. Though he didn’t get to bat in that inning, Delhi won the match comfortably by 233 runs. Virat went on to feature in over 273 List A matches.

Kohli’s Ranji Trophy debut came on November 23, 2006, against Tamil Nadu. The world got to see the youngster’s grit and commitment towards cricket in December when he decided to play for Delhi against Karnataka despite his father’s death the previous day. And despite the tragic incident, he went on to score a crucial 90 runs.

This incident was a turning point in Kohli’s life. “Overnight he became a much more matured person. He took every match seriously. He hated being on the bench. It’s as if his life hinged totally on cricket after that day,” his mother revealed later.

He went on to debut for the India Under-19 squad on the English tour that year. It was followed by a tour to Pakistan, where he returned home with an average of 58 in Test and 41.66 in ODIs.

The following season, he was a part of the Gautam Gambhir-led Delhi squad that won the Ranji Trophy in 2007-08 season.

2008 U-19 World Cup

Having performed well in the U-19 as well as the title-winning Delhi side, Virat was given the captain’s armband to lead India U-19 side at the 2008 U-19 World Cup in Malaysia.

And that turned out to be an instrumental decision. Kohli would go on to lead the young squad to the title with a 12-run victory over England in the finals.

On a personal front, he scored a total of 165 runs in the group stage, including a century against West Indies.

In the semi-finals against New Zealand, with the team struggling at 40/2, he weaved a crucial partnership with Shreevats Goswami and hit a crucial knock of 43. India would go on to win the game by 3 wickets. Kohli has rightfully adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’.

While Virat Kohli got the better of Kane Williamson, the U-19 Kiwi captain, their paths would cross again a decade later at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. And this time, it was Williamson who had the last laugh…

Virat Kohli: The Debut

As Virat Kohli played his teen life’s finest cricket in Malaysia, a group of men sitting in BCCI’s HQ in Mumbai were keenly watching his moves. This was the Indian Cricket selection committee, headed by K Srikkanth.

Srikkanth and his men were looking for a revival of the famed but ageing Indian batting lineup. With the coronation of MS Dhoni as the captain of the team in 2008, the process only accelerated. In Kohli, selectors envisioned a reliable batsman that would hold together the team’s rather fragile middle-order.

And with two main men – Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag – out injured, they wasted little time in getting him on board. Virat made his debut on August 18 2008, on the tour to Sri Lanka. He scored 12-runs then.

After a relatively dry spell of three games, Kohli seized the opportunity in the fourth game by hitting a match-winning, or perhaps series win ning knock of 54 runs. India ultimately won the series 3-2.

Despite coming in and out of the senior team, Kohli was making his mark. This was rewarded by his selection in the 4-team Emerging Players Tournament held between July and August 2009 in Australia.

In the seven games that he played, the 19-year-old scored a massive 398 runs at an average of 66.33, thus ending up as the leading run-scorer in the tournament. Kohli also proved that he was arguably the best batting prodigy in the world at that moment.

Kohli singled out the tournament as the “turning point” of his career. “That boosted my confidence tremendously. I just became so much more mentally stronger. I have now learned to bat in pressure conditions.

From that time, I have just been concentrating on my game and not thinking about other things,” he said at a press conference in 2010.

The Rise

An injury to Gautam Gambhir provided another lucky recall for Kohli, again for a series against Sri Lanka. In the following tournaments including 2009 Champions Trophy and series against Australia.

It was in the 4th ODI of the Sri Lankan series that Kohli hit his first century.  His 224-run stand with Gautam Gambhir prompted the latter to hand his ‘Man of the Match’ award to Kohli.

As he grew in performance over the next few years, Kohli started to regularly feature for India. 2010 was a path-breaking year for him. Virat finished the year with 995 runs at an average of 47.38, making him the highest run-scoring batsman.

And this was a phenomenal achievement for a 22-year-old who was still finding his place amongst established biggies. The year 2010 was really crucial in cementing Virat’s place in India’s starting XI.

ODI Career

The title ‘Chase Master Kohli’ which has been conferred to Virat Kohli is more than enough to describe his ODI career. There have been very few in the history of cricket with such god-level of consistency.

Kohli has surpassed legends like Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakarra, and Jacques Kallis in the list of most centuries by a batsman. He is threateningly close to the record of 49 ODI centuries. Kohli currently has 43 ODI centuries.

Just to refresh the memories, Kohli made his debut in ODIs against Sri Lanka on August 18, 2008.

In the Australia tour of India 2020, Virat Kohli beats Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest cricketer to score 12,000 ODI runs.

Test Career

While there has been a prolonged debate about “Smith vs Kohli: Who’s the best test batsman of this generation”, there is one thing that can never go unnoticed. Be it any format, Kohli is always the center of comparison. It’s either Kane Williamson vs Kohli or Joe Root vs Kohli if not Smith.

Such has been the impact of this champion player “Virat Kohli”. Virat stands fourth on the list of players with most double centuries in test cricket, only behind Bradman, Sangakarra, and Brian Lara.

Kohli achieved the highest ever test rating for any Indian batsman – 937 against England on 22nd August 2018. The second Indian on the list is Sunil Gavaskar with a rating of 917.

Kohli masquerades a strong test record with 26 centuries and 22 half-centuries in 82 matches.

Virat Kohli steps down as Test skipper on January 15, 2022, a day after India’s Test series lose in South Africa. Virat steps down with the fourth-most wins as captain in Test cricket, with 40 wins from 68 games. Of the other 28, 11 were draws and 17 were losses.

T20 Career

The first T20 match between Zimbabwe and India in India tour of Zimbabwe, saw Kohli make his T20 international debut. To be specific about the date, it was the 12th of June, 2010.

And Kohli had a brilliant debut! He scored crucial 26 not out from 21 balls apart from stitching an unbeaten 64 run partnership with Yusuf Pathan in the chase to see India home.

If you look at that day and compare with Kohli of today, things have changed exponentially. He is the captain of the Indian national team across all formats. He averages 50 in the T20I format itself!

On 6th December 2019, Kohli again gave evidence of his supremacy in the chase game against West Indies by scoring an unbeaten 94, his highest score in T20Is, and helping India chase down a massive total of 207 runs. This was the Men in Blue’s highest run-chase in T20I.

IPL Career

Virat represents the breed of players who have been a part of only one franchise since the inception of IPL. Mind you! It’s a rare breed. Inducted into the Royal Challengers Bangalore side in the year 2008 itself, Kohli has been the face of the franchise.

Kohli was given the responsibility of leading the side in 2013 and has been leading since. There cannot be a tournament in which Kohli doesn’t leave his mark.

In the IPL season of 2016, Kohli sent down the records shattering. He scored a whopping 973 runs in that season with 4 hundred and 7 fifties! That’s a pretty serious record.

David warner stands second in the list of most runs in an IPL season with 848 runs. Kohli, at the moment, is the only player to score 6000+ runs in IPL.

The Inspiration

The legend himself, Sir Vivian Richards said that Kohli reminds of himself. Virat Kohli has always considered Sachin Tendulkar his inspiration. He says on his website www.viratkohli.club, “He’s (Tendulkar) been my inspiration. After seeing his knocks in Sharjah, I really got inspired to do something like that for India, win games single-handedly. I used to dream of doing something like that for the country, the way he used to win us games,” he said.

“I wouldn’t sit and think that I’ve done something similar because at that time I don’t think anyone else in the team scored apart from him in those two games. Now, there are others like Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.”

Honours & Awards

AWARD NAMEAWARD CATEGORYRECEIPT YEARRECEIPT FIELD
Arjuna AwardNational Sports Award2013Sports
Padma ShriCivilian Award2017Arts
Rajiv Gandhi Khel RatnaNational Sports Award2018Civil Service

Virat Kohli Records

Fastest century

  • Fastest century by an Indian cricketer in ODIs (52 balls)

Milestones

  • Fastest Indian to reach 1000, 5000, 6000, 7000, 8000, 9000, and 10,000 runs in ODIs
  • Fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to reach 10, 15, 20, and 25 centuries in ODIs
  • The only batsman in history to average more than 50 in Tests, ODIs, and T20Is simultaneously
  • Fastest in the world to reach 30 and 35 centuries in ODIs
  • Second fastest in the world to reach 1,000 runs in T20Is
  • First Indian cricketer to score three successive centuries in ODIs
  • Fastest in the world to reach 15,000 international runs
  • Fastest batsman to score 17,000 runs in international cricket (363 innings)
  • Kohli beats Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest cricketer to score 12,000 ODI runs.
  • First batsman to reach 6000 runs in IPL tournament
  • Kohli scored 23000 runs from playing 490 international matches with a 50+ average – the only player to score 20000+ runs with a 50+ average.
  • Virat Kohli becomes the first Indian cricketer to cross 10,000 T20 runs.
  • Virat Kohli becomes the first-ever player to be part of 50 wins in each of the three formats.
  • In the 2nd Test match of IND vs NZ 2021 series, India beat New Zealand by 372 runs under Virat Kohli’s captaincy which is the biggest win in terms of runs in the Indian test history.

Most runs in a calendar year/series

  • Most ODI runs in a calendar year by an Indian cricketer – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Highest combined international runs scored in a year by an Indian cricketer – 2818 international runs in 2017
  • Second Highest century by an Indian
  • Most Test runs in 2018 by any cricketer
  • Most ODI runs in 2018 by any cricketer

Kohli Batting Stats

MInnNORunsHSAvgSR100200504s6s
Test9916810796225450.3955.682772889624
ODI258249391229318358.5493.01430641150126
T20I95872532279452.05137.91002929091
IPL20719931628311337.4129.955042546210

Kohli Bowling Stats

MInnWktsBBIBBMEconAvgSR5W10W
Test991100/00/02.880000
ODI2584841/151/156.22166.25160.2500
T20I951241/131/138.1449.536.500
IPL2072642/252/258.89262.7500

Virat Kohli: Net Worth

Net Worth (2022)$112 Million
Net Worth In Indian Rupees840 Crore INR
ProfessionCricketer
Monthly Income And Salary4 Crore +
Yearly Income48 Crore +
Income SourceCricket, Advertisement
Last Updated2022

TRIVIA

  • Kohli first played for Delhi Under-15 team in October 2002 in the 2002–03 Polly Umrigar Trophy
  • He represented the city’s cricket team at various age-group levels before making his first-class debut in 2006.
  • In July 2006, Kohli was selected in the India Under-19squad on its tour of England.
  • He made his international debut, at the age of 19, in the first ODI of the tour and was dismissed for 12
  • In August 2008, he was included in the Indian ODI squad for the tour of Sri Lanka and the Champions Trophy in Pakistan
  • In the first match of the World Cup against Pakistan at Adelaide, Virat Kohli hit 107 in 126 balls, sharing 100-plus partnerships with both Dhawan and Suresh Raina, to help India set a total of 300 and win the match by 76 runs
  • Virat is regarded as one of the best limited-overs batsmen in the world, especially while chasing
  • In March 2008, Virat Kohli was bought on a youth contract by the Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore for $30,000.
  • In 2011 season, Virat Kohli was the only player retained by the Royal Challengers franchise. He was made vice-captain of the team
  • Football is his second favourite sport
  • In November 2014, Kohli and Anjana Reddy Universal Sportsbiz (USPL) launched a youth fashion brand WROGN
  • In 2015, Virat Kohli invested Rs.90 crore (US$13 million) to start a chain of gyms and fitness centres across the country

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Frequently Asked Questions:

As far as Test cricket is concerned, Kohli once again leads the charts with 7,962 runs in 99 Tests, compared to Babar's 2,461 runs in 37 Test matches. Furthermore, Kohli is also the fastest player to score 7,000 runs in the longest format having done so in just 81 matches.

Yes, he has already passed his prime.

Pakistan captain Babar Azam on Thursday broke Virat Kohli's record to become the fastest batsman to score 2500 runs in the T20Is during his team's semifinal match against Australia in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup.

Virat Kohli scored his last international century on 22nd November 2019. Kohli scored his last test century on 22nd November 2019 at Eden Gardens against Bangladesh and the last ODI century on 14th August 2019 at Queen's Park Oval against West Indies.

Kohli made zero centuries across formats in international cricket in his debut year. He played five matches and recorded a highest score of 54. But the century never happened until 2009.

Virat Kohli showed glimpses of returning to form, scoring his first half-century of the season in the previous encounter against Gujarat Titans. However, the 33-year-old showed glimpses of returning to form, scoring his first half-century of the season in the previous encounter against Gujarat Titans.

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