Virat Kohli is an Indian international cricketer and Current captain of the Indian National Cricket Team for all three formats. He is a right-handed top-order batsman. In the Indian Premier League, he plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Also, he is the captain of RCB since 2013.
The 30 years old is undoubtedly the best batsman in the world currently. Also, Kohli is one of the most successful captains in all three formats of cricket.
Over the last few years, the Indian captain has been hitting down records for fun. The right-hander is assuredly at the top of his powers currently, and only appears to be getting greater with each drive on the 22-yards.
Nickname: Virat Kohli is commonly known as Cheeku.
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Family Details and Early Days
Virat Kohli is born (5 Nov’ 1988) and brought up in Delhi in a Punjabi family. His father Prem Kohli is a Criminal Lawyer while her mother Saroj Kohli is a housewife. Vikas Kohli is his elder brother. And his elder sister is Bhavna. He got married to one of the very finest Bollywood Actress Anushka Sharma in December 2017 in Italy.
Virat Showed his interest in cricket when he was just three years old. His father enrolled him in the West Delhi cricket academy at the age of nine years. And from then he never looked back.
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma met during an ad shoot. They started dating in the year 2013. The couple very soon gets famous with the name “VIRUSHKA”.
They got married in Italy in a private ceremony in the year 2017. Their marriage was one of the most talked and shared news on social media. The couple is one of the most adorable and beautiful couples in the country.
In the year 2002, he was selected in Delhi under-15 team. Also, became the highest run-scorer in Polly Umrigar.
After that, he was selected the captain of the team for the 2003–04 Polly Umrigar Trophy. In the same year, he got selected in the Delhi under 17 team in the same year for Vijay Merchant Trophy. He scored 470 runs at an average of 117.50 with two centuries and helped the team to win the trophy.
Kohli’s International Cricket Career
2008 – 2009 Season
The 30 years old came into fame in the year 2008 as he led India under 19 cricket team to win the junior world cup at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Virat got a chance in the Indian national cricket team in the year 2008, as both the openers of that time Sachin Tendulkar and Virendra Sehwag were injured. In the same year, he got the grade D contract by BCCI.
Virat was selected in four-team emerging players tournament in 2009. And this tournament is referred to the turning point of his career as he scored most runs (398) in seven matches and scored 104 runs in finals that helped the team to win the series.
He got a place in India’s Squad for ICC Champions Trophy 2009. Also, got selected in Team India for the Sri Lanka tour of India 2009, and scored 107 off 111 balls in the fourth match. Virat is the Second youngest Indian cricketer (21y 49d) after Vinod Kambli (21y 0d) to score a century (107 runs) against Sri Lanka in the year 2009.
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2010 – 2011 season
In January 2010, Kohli performed really well in the tri-nation tournament as he was the highest run-scorer (275 Runs) of the series. Also, in South Africa tour of India, he scored 31 and 57 in two matches.
The same year in May – June he was the vice-captain while Suresh Raina was the captain in tri-series of India, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Although Kohli performed well with one century and two half-centuries, India lost the series.
Kohli was in bad form in Asia cup 2010 and tri-series of India, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand. And he admitted that he was under pressure to secure his place in Indian Squad while receiving the man of the match for 118 (112 balls) against Australia. And played brilliantly in ODI series against New Zealand. Also, became India’s leading run-getter (995 Runs) of the year 2010.
The year 2011 started with the South Africa tour and again Kohli managed to be the highest run-scorer in the series (195 runs in 5 matches). Also, for the first time, he was at the second position in ICC ODI rankings.
Virat Kohli secured his place in the squad of ICC cricket world cup 2011. And scored a century in the first match. Also played an important role in CWC final by sharing a partnership of 83 runs with Gautam Gambhir.
Kohli scored 199 runs in five matches ODI series against Windies in July. Also, in the same year, Kohli made his test debut against West Indies but did not perform well in first few test matches.
Similar to last year, Virat again became the highest run-scorer of the year with 1381 runs in 34 matches.
2012 – 2013 Season
In February 2012, In Commonwealth Bank Series at Hobart, he was in an excellent form. He scored 133 (186 balls) not out against the big score given by the opponent Sri Lankan team and led India to win the match easily. This inning of Kohli also was well appreciated. Although India could not make it to the finals, Virat was the leading run-scorer of the series.
Kohli was selected as vice-captain for the 2012 Asia Cup, and he well proved that he will be a great leader. The Indian team could not reach into the finals but again Virat was the leading run-scorer (357 runs) of the tournament.
Virat was awarded man of the series in ODI series against Sri Lanka for being the highest run-scorer. In T20 series against Australia Virat made his first T20 fifty and also won player of the series.
He stayed in good form in ICC world T20 2012, as he made two fifties and scored 78 against Pakistan and helped the team to win against rival Pakistan.
Simultaneously he was doing excellent in test matches. He made his fourth test series against Australia and his performance helped India to whitewash Australia in series by 4-0.
In ICC champions trophy 2013, Virat was outstanding, he scored 144 against Sri Lanka, 34 against South Africa, 22 against Pakistan, 58 not out against Sri Lanka in semifinals, and 43 in 34 balls against England in finals which helped Indian team to win the trophy.
Till December 2013, he has made 5 test centuries, and 17 ODI centuries.
2014 – 2015 Season
In 2014, in 5 matches ODI series against New Zealand, he was the captain of the side as Dhoni was injured, and scored 291 runs but Indian team lost the series by 4-0. And in test series against New Zealand, he scored 214 runs in two tests.
Due to injury, Dhoni was out of the squad of the Asia cup 2014 and Virat was the captain of the side. India was defeated by Pakistan and Sri Lanka and ruled out of the tournament.
In ICC World T20 Kohli was appointed as vice-captain, he became the most run-scorer in a single World T20 tournament with 319 runs.
2016 – 2017 Season
The year 2018 started with the South Africa tour. The Indian team lost the Test series but Virat was the highest run-scorer of the series(286 runs in 3 tests matches at an average of 47.67). India won the 6 matches ODI series by 5-1 and Virat again managed to be a top run-scorer (558 at an avg of 93). In t20I series in the same tour, he scored 27 runs in two matches.
In India tour of England 2018, Virat was again top scorer in Test series with 593 runs at an avg of 59.3 and scored 2 centuries and 3 half-centuries and in ODI series he scored 191 in 3 matches at an avg of 63.67 but Indian team lost both Test and ODI series. India won the ODI series by 2-1 and Virat scored 110 at an avg of 36.66.
In October 2018, Windies tour of India, he scored 184 runs in two innings in test series. In 5 matches ODI series, in the second ODI Virat reached to another milestone by overtaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record to became the fastest batsman in the world to reach 10,000 ODI runs in 205 innings. Also, he was the highest run-scorer in the ODI series with 453 runs and made 3 centuries. Virat rested in the T20 series.
In the India tour of Australia 2018 -19, the T20I series was tied 1-1, Virat scored 65 runs in two matches. For the very first time in history, the Indian team won A Test series in Australia by 2-1 and Virat scored 282 runs in seven innings. Retaining Border-Gavaskar Trophy and winning test series in Australia is a significant achievement for Virat Kohli and its crew. In 3 matches ODI series, he scored 153 runs in 3 innings. Also became the most run-scorer in the year 2018.
2019 Season and ICC World Cup
India tour of New Zealand 2019 was considered as preparatory matches for both the countries for ICC cricket world cup 2019, Kohli scored 148 runs in 3 matches and rested for last three matches and T20 series.
In the Australia tour of India 2019, Australia won the T20I series by 2-0, Virat scored 96 runs in two innings. And this is the first T20I series lost for Indian cricket team under the captaincy of Virat Kohli at home.
Virat Kohli IPL Career Details
Virat Kohli is playing for Royal Challengers Banglore since 2008. Previously, Daniel Vettori was the captain of the RCB but in the year 2013 after the retirement of Vettori Virat was appointed as the captain.
IPL 2008, Season 1
Virat Kohli was bought by RCB for $30,000. The first season of Indian Premier League was not that good for him as he ended the tournament with a total score of 165 runs in 12 innings with an average of 15.00 and with SR 105.09.
IPL 2009, Season 2
The second season of Indian Premier League was slightly better for Kohli. As he ended with a total of 246 runs. Also, RCB went into the finals.
IPL 2010, Season 3
In the third season of the IPL Virat Kohli was the third-highest run-scorer of his team and ended the tournament with a total of 307 runs.
IPL 2011, Season 4
In the fourth season of Indian Premier League Kohli was the second-highest run-scorer of the tournament with a total of 557 runs with an average of 46.41 and strike rate 121.
IPL 2012, Season 5
In the fifth season of IPL Kohli ended the tournament with a total of 364 runs with an average of 28.
IPL 2013, Season 6
After the retirement of Daniel Vettori, Virat Kohli was appointed as the captain of the team RCB in 2013. In the sixth season of IPL Virat was the third-highest run-scorer of the tournament with a total of 634 runs with an average of 45.28 and strike rate 138.
IPL 2014, Season 7
In the seventh season of IPL Kohli ended the tournament with a total of 359 runs with an average of 27.61.
IPL 2015, Season 8
In the eighth season of IPL Kohli ended the tournament with a total of 505 runs with an average of 45.90.
IPL 2016, Season 9
In the ninth season of IPL Kohli ended the tournament as the highest run-scorer of the season and won the orange cap for a total of 973 runs with an average of 81.08. Also, he broke the record of highest runs in an IPL season.
IPL 2017, Season 10
Due to injury Kohli played only available few matches in the tenth season of the Indian Premier League and scored only 308 from 10 matches.
IPL 2018, Season 11
In the eleventh season of the IPL Kohli’s salary was INR 17 crore. He scored 530 runs with an average of 48.18.