Kohli goes down the ground, Kohli goes out of the ground”. Whenever someone listens to this iconic line from Harsha Bhogle, Goosebumps are guaranteed. A man with 75 centuries in international cricket, just behind Sachin Tendulkar.
A man who never gave up and is the best batsman in the world, a man who is compared with the legends like Ricky Ponting, Don Bradman, and Sachin Tendulkar, and who has even surpassed many legends in terms of records. Here we are talking about the former Indian captain, the run machine, the GOAT, the king of cricket – Virat Kohli.
- Full Name: Virat Kohli
- Nickname: Cheeku
- Date of Birth: 5th November 1988
- Age: 34 years (as of 2022)
- Birthplace: Delhi, India
- Nationality: Indian
- Height: 1.75m
- Zodiac Sign: Scorpio
- Batting Style: Right-handed
- Bowling Style: Right Arm Medium
- Jersey No.: 18
- Favorite Cricketer: Sachin Tendulkar, Herschelle Gibbs
- Social Media Profile: virat.kohli (Instagram)
Teams Virat Kohli Played with
India, Delhi, Royal Challengers Bangalore, India U-19, India Red, Board President’s XI, North Zone, India A, Asia XI, India Blue, Rest of India, India Red, Oil & Natural Gas Corporation, India Emerging Players.
Virat Kohli Early Life and Education
The run machine was born on 5th November 1988 in Delhi, India in a Punjabi family. He had a keen interest in cricket from the very small age of 3 years. He always picked up the bat and asked his father to ball. His father saw the passion and determination of his child for cricket and decided to enroll him in a professional cricket academy as it was required to have proper skills and technique for playing at a higher level and not just in Gully.
He lived in Uttam Nagar (West Delhi) part of Delhi. He was not very fond of studying and was a below-average student. He studied at Vishal Bharti Public School initially and then moved to Saviour Convent School during his ninth-grade education. Once Virat scored 3/100 marks in his maths exam.
Virat Kohli Debut and Best Innings
Debut: Virat Kohli was named in the Indian ODI squad for the first time for a series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. On 18th August 2008, he made his debut in international cricket against Sri Lanka in Dambulla. While the Indian team batting first Virat Kohli got a chance to open with his Delhi teammate Gautam Gambhir. He scored just 12 runs off 22 balls including a boundary and got out by Nuwan Kulasekara. However, India lost the match by 8 wickets.
- Virat Kohli has played many match-winning innings but among all of them, his 183 runs knock against Pakistan in the 2012 Asia Cup was the best.
- He played his first T20I match in Harare on June 12, 2010, against Zimbabwe. While batting at no.5 Virat scored an unbeaten 26 runs of 21 balls including 3 boundaries and a six. He remained not out and India won the match by 6 wickets.
- His greatest T20 knock would be against Australia in the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup where he chased a total of 161 runs while scoring 82 not out of 51 balls including 9 fours and 2 sixes. India won the match by 6 wickets and Virat Kohli was given the man of the match.
- Another special T20I knock would be against Pakistan in the 2022 ICC T20 World Cup where he chased a total of 160 runs and scored 82 not out of 53 balls. He ranks this inning as his personal best. This inning is special as it was the return of Virat Kohli 2.0
- The run machine played his first test match on 20th June 2011 in Kingston against West Indies, scoring 4 runs in the first innings and 15 runs in the second innings.
Virat Kohli Cricket Career and Stats
Virat Kohli is a brand. He started his cricket career in the early stage of his life. His father saw the passion and determination in his son. Soon Virat was sent to the West Delhi Cricket Academy (WDCA). Soon he was selected for the Delhi U-15 team.
He practiced and trained in the academy and used to play matches at the Sumeet Dogra Academy located at Vasundhara Enclave. In 2005 Kohli was appointed as the captain of the Delhi U-15 team. At the end of the year, Kohli was selected for the Delhi U-17 team in the Vijay Merchant Trophy. He played 4 matches and scored a total of 470 runs, with his highest score being 251* runs. Later he was appointed as the captain of the India U-19 team.
He led India U-19 in the 2008 World Cup hosted by Malaysia. India -19 won the 2008 World Cup and Virat Kohli scored 235 runs in 6 games at an average of 47 being the third-highest run scorer of the tournament. His century against West Indies U-19 was recorded by ESPN as the “innings of the tournament.” He scored 100 runs off 74 balls. Virat Kohli was named in the Indian ODI squad for the first time for a series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. On 18th August 2008, he made his debut in international cricket against Sri Lanka in Dambulla. He scored just 12 runs off 22 balls including a boundary and got out by Nuwan Kulasekara. However, India lost the match by 8 wickets.
His best ODI innings was against Pakistan in Mirpur, Bangladesh in the 2012 Asia Cup. While chasing a mammoth total of 330 runs and against a terrifying fast bowling lineup, Virat Kohli stepped up and announced his in international cricket. He scored 183 runs from 148 balls including 22 boundaries and a six and chased down the target in just 47.5 overs. India won the match by 6 wickets and undoubtedly Virat was given the man of the match.
He played his first T20I match in Harare on June 12, 2010, against Zimbabwe. While batting at no.5 Virat scored an unbeaten 26 runs of 21 balls including 3 boundaries and a six. He remained not out and India won the match by 6 wickets.
Virat played his first test match on 20th June 2011 in Kingston against West Indies, scoring 4 runs in the first innings and 15 runs in the second innings where India managed to win the match by 63 runs. Virat has scored 7 double-hundreds in test cricket with 254 being the highest which he scored against South Africa in 2019.
He is playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League since 2008. He is the highest run scorer of the IPL and recently crossed the 7000 runs milestone in the IPL. Virat Kohli along with Jos Butler have the second most no. of centuries by a player in the IPL- 5.
Virat Kohli Records
- Most Player of the Series award. – 20 (combined all 3 formats)
- Most runs in an inning by a captain – 254 (Test match)
- Hundred and duck in a match (Test Match)
- Most runs in a calendar year – 1460 (ODI)
- Hundreds in consecutive innings – 3 (ODI)
- Fastest to score – 8000,9000,10000,11000,12000 runs (ODI)
- Highest career batting average – 52.73 (T20I)
- The first player to score 7000 runs (IPL)
- Most runs in a single season of the IPL – 973
- Most double centuries by an Indian in test cricket – 7
Virat Kohli Awards and Achievements
- Virat Kohli won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) in 2017, 2018.
- He was the ICC ODI Player of the Year: 2012, 2017.
- He was in the ICC Test Team of the Year: 2017 (captain).
- He won the prestigious Padma Shri Award in 2017.
- He was in the ICC ODI Team of the Year: 2012, 2014, 2016 (captain), 2017 (Captain)
- He won the prestigious Arjuna Award in 2013
- He won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2018.
- He has won the Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Decade (2010-2020)
Virat Kohli’s Net Worth and Brand Endorsements
Virat Kohli’s net worth is expected to be around US $127 million. However, it is just an assumption and the figure might change in real. He earns INR 7 Crore annually as part of the A+ category in the BCCI’s contract list. He also earns INR 15cr from the IPL.
Virat Kohli Brand Endorsements
- Too Yum
- Rage Coffee
- American Tourister
Virat Kohli Family
- Father: Prem Kohli
- Mother: Saroj Kohli
- Sister: Bhawna Kohli
- Brother: Vikas Kohli
- Wife: Anushka Sharma
Virat was born in a Punjabi Hindu family. His father – Prem Kohli was a criminal lawyer and his mother was a housewife. He also has
an older brother Vikas and an older sister Bhawna. His father supported him throughout his journey. He enrolled him in the professional cricket academy. On 18th December 2006, Virat’s father dies due to a cerebral attack at midnight. Virat was so broken as he loved his father the most. He was playing a match and the next day went again to play performed for his team. This instance shows everyone how strong and mature was Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli and his beloved wife Anushka Sharma first met during an ad shoot for a shampoo. Since Anushka Sharma was a famous actress at that time, Virat Kohli looked nervous and hesitated to talk with her. Soon the couple fell in love and started dating. On 11th December 2017, the couple married each other in Italy. They both shared their wedding pictures and were looking too adorable. The couple gave birth to their daughter – Vamika on Jan 11th, 2021.
Statements On Virat Kohli Given by Cricketers
- Steve Smith – “Kohli is a modern-day great, who can dominate any bowling attack in any condition.”
- Brian Lara – “Virat is a unique player, with a rare blend of aggression and technique. He is a true champion in every sense of the word.”
- Sachin Tendulkar – “He is a special player, with an incredible passion for the game. He has a great hunger to score runs and win matches for his team.”
FAQs About Virat Kohli
1. When did Virat Kohli make his debut in international cricket?
Virat Kohli made his debut in international cricket on August 18, 2008, in an ODI against Sri Lanka in Dambulla.
2. What is Virat Kohli’s net worth?
Virat Kohli’s net worth is expected to be around US $127 million. However, it is just an assumption and the figure might change in real.
3. What is Virat Kohli’s nickname?
Virat Kohli has several nicknames, however, most of people call him Cheeku.
4. What is Virat Kohli’s favorite food?
Virat Kohli’s favorite food is Sushi and Chole Bhature
5. What is the highest score of Virat Kohli in ODI’s?
Virat Kohli’s highest score in ODI is 183 against Pakistan in the 2012 Asia Cup.