“I like to be myself, and I don’t pretend. I let my work speak for myself. I am what I am.”Virat Kohli (The face of Indian Cricket)
The level of self-assurance this statement proves that our further journey in this piece would revolve around one of the most aggressive yet composed Indian cricketer, Virat Kohli. His journey from being a teenage prodigy to one of the world’s best batsmen has been quite interesting as well as inspiring.
At one point Kohli was kept as a reserved batsman amongst the Indian cricket team players but from there this legend has magically reached new heights. He is one of the most popular personalities on the top fantasy cricket sites that lets cricket fans earn lucrative rewards by participating in the actionable sport by building virtual teams loaded with their favorite players.
And, Kohli personifies “Fun and Excitement” that are the two primary driving forces of the fantasy cricket landscape. Why not walk through his voyage and cherish our minds by exploring some of his best professional accomplishments?
How Was Virat’s Early Life? What About His Family Background And Initial Cricketing Journey?
Viratwas born to a Delihite Punjabi family on 5th November 1988 as their youngest child. His father Prem Kohli worked as a criminal lawyer who passed away when he was a teenager and his mother Saroj Kohli is a homemaker. He has two elder siblings, a sister Bhavna and a brother Vikas.
He has done his schooling till the 12th standard from Vishal Bharti Public School Delhi. When Kohli was merely a three years kid he used to swing the cricket bat and urged his father to bowl. So, Chiku’s passion for the game was evident from his early childhood and with sheer determination and hard work he has successfully created a brand name for him in the niche!
At the age of nine, Virat Kohli was enrolled at the West Delhi Cricket Academy by his father and here his cricketing acumen got polished. He played for Delhi at the domestic level as well as in different age-group matches. Former Ranji Trophy player Rajkumar Sharma was Kohli’s coach at that time. He is responsible for training him in his early years, molding his acumen and teaching him the skills of the game.
What Was The First Major Breakthrough of Virat’s Professional Life?
Virat played for Delhi U-15 team for Polly Umrigar Trophy (2002-03) where he emerged as the leading run-scorer and hence became the skipper for the squad in the next title. He played for Delhi U-17 team for Vijay Merchant Trophy (2003-04) and again smashed 470 runs in just four matches. The team won the title in the subsequent year with Kohli being the leading run-getter.
The year 2006 marked his debut in the team India U-19 squad when they were touring England and showcased the finest technical acumen that impressed the coach Lalchand Rajput. The super-star showed his commitment towards the game when he played for Tamil Nadu and scored 90 runs against Karnataka one day after his father’s demise and attended the funeral once he got knocked out.
This personal tragedy made Kohli a mature person overnight and his whole attitude towards the game changed. He said, that day, his approach for the game changed from then onwards. He had to play for his country and live that dream that his dad had, for him.
In 2007, he debuted the Twenty20 format and performed flawlessly for his squad in the Inter-State T20 Championship. His innings in 2007 for the Indian U-19 team against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in a triangular series was praised a lot. The year 2008 brought more good luck for Virat as he was the skipper of the victorious Indian U-19 team in the Cricket World Cup that was held in Malaysia. He was named as the third-highest run-scorer of the tournament.
The batting genius was selected in theODI Indian cricket team in 2008 only for a tour to Sri Lanka and played throughout the series as a makeshift opener for the squad. In 2009, Kohli performed excellently against West Indies in ICC Champions Trophy and scored an unbeaten 79 to grab his first Man of The Match award. The same year he made his debut ODI century against Sri Lanka by smashing 107 runs off 111 deliveries.
Virat Kohli was included in the World Cup 2011 team and became the first Indian batsman to hit a century in World Cup debut. Also, he played phenomenally in the finals against the Sri Lankan team and the Indian squad lifted the title and made the nation proud. Kohli played his first Test at Kingston in 2011 against the West Indian cricket team. He didn’t perform well and as a result, he was dropped from the team. However, he was recalled in the same year.
In 2011 the cricketing wizard made his presence felt in the Indian test squad when playing against the Aussies. The team lost the series but Kohli was India’s top scorer. In 2012, Asia Cup, Virat was named as the team’s vice-captain and scored 183 against Pakistan while chasing and broke Brian Lara’s record of the highest individual score of 156. Also, he made 100 runs in just 52 deliveries against the Australian cricket team in 2013. That was the fastest century by an Indian batsman in ODI format.
The year 2014 witnessed Kohli being made the team India skipper for the test format and scored 692 runs in four test matches that made him the highest Indian run-getter for Australian test series. In 2015, Virat saw a slump in his form but very soon he regained his form and earned the recognition of being the first batsman in the world to score 1,000 runs in T20. His remarkable innings helped the Indian squad reach the semifinals of the T20 World Cup 2016.
Virat Kohli performed excellently in subsequent years and as a result, he was named as the Indian team’s captain for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Although, the India national cricket team couldn’t lift the trophy Kohli scored five successive half-centuries in the tournament. Observing his caliber and technical acumen his fans are expecting a lot from him in the coming years and so are we! Fingers crossed!
How Many Records Mr. Kohli Has Earned To Date? What About His Stats?
Kohli has been an aggressive batsman from the beginning and his passion helped him in making many records. But before exploring his accomplishments let’s look at his stats to date:
I. He has played a total of 84 tests and scored 7202 runs off 12457 deliveries. Kohli’s highest score was 254* against South Africa. His batting average in test cricket is 54.97. He has made 27 centuries and 22 half-centuries.
II. In ODI Virat has played 242 matches and scored 11609 in just 12445 balls with the help of 43 centuries and 55 half-centuries. His highest score is 183 against Pakistan and his ODI average is 59.84.
III. Kohli has played 75 Twenty20 matches to date and scored 2633 runs off 1907 deliveries. His highest score is 94* against the West Indian cricket team. He has made 24 half-centuries in this format and has an excellent average of 52.66.
a. Kohli is the fastest batsman to score 10,000 runs in ODI cricket and by breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record.
b. As a result of his phenomenal contributions to Indian cricket, he won the Arjuna Award in 2013.
c. In 2011–12 and 2014–15 seasons, Kohli was named the BCCI ‘s international cricketer of the year. Also, he grabbed the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in the year 2012.
d. Forbes named Virat as the most valuable athlete brand and ESPN recognized him as one of the world’s most famous athletes.
e. This legendary batsman holds the record of being blessed with the highest ICC rating points 922 and is the most successful Indian skipper to date with a success rate of 75.89%.
f. Kohli is the only captain to score most ODI runs (1460) in a year (2017).
g. Virat is the first player to score 3 consecutive centuries against two opposite teams.
h. He is the first skipper to score six ODI centuries in a year.
i. Kohli holds the record of making most double centuries among Indian cricket team players list.
j. Virat has made the maximum 150 plus scores as a Test skipper.
Currently, Kohli is leading the Royal Challengers Bangalore team in the Indian Premier League. All eyes of the fans are glued on him as he will be the guiding angel for the squad in the Twenty20 World Cup next year. Seeing the team’s average performance the legend is all set to pump-up the players and revitalize their game so that they can put their best foot forward. He is considered as the face of the modern cricket who is capable to deliver blazing performances to make the fans go crazy.
Being an intense and passionate player Kohli has always been a hot favorite in the MPL fantasy cricket teams. People adore him and love to cherry-pick his profile to build strong and powerful virtual teams that could let them earn real money!
Virat is an ambitious and aggressive cricketer who is blessed with talent and passion for the game. His skills have made some of the impossible chases look seamless. Since his debut in international cricket till date, he has matured as a cricketer. He has transitioned to a calm leader while his style of playing is aggressive. We expect a lot from this young cricket star and wish him all the very best for the next season.