VIRAT KOHLI THE JOURNEY OF THE KING OF THE MODERN CRICKET
Virat Kohli is an Indian cricketer and currently the captain of the Indian cricket team who plays in all formats for India. Virat Kohli was born in New Delhi on 5th November in 1988 in a middle-class Punjabi family. Kohli plays as a right-hand top-order batsman and a right-arm medium part-time fast bowler. Virat Kohli is considered one of the best players of the modern epoch and to play the game ever. Before Virat Kohli, there were very few players who could play in all formats precisely. He has been consistent in all three formats constantly for the last 7-8 years. Virat has taken the game to a whole different level by playing exceptionally well in red and white-ball cricket equally. Whether it is home or overseas Virat never fails to fascinate the spectators of the game. He is rarely not able to score runs on any kinda wicket. When it comes to chasing any score Virat is simply the best in the world, that’s why he is called “chase master” and “Mr.consistent”. Virat Kohli has even amazed us in the Franchise cricket league also. He has been playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL (Indian Premier League) since 2008. Virat Kohli is the highest run-scorer (5878) in IPL. He is the only cricketer in the world to have above 50 run average in all formats of the game ( ODI 59.34, Test 53.33 & T20 50.80). He has the best ODI, TEST, and T20 rating amid Indian batsmen (911, 937and 897 points).
EARLY DAYS AND DOMESTIC CAREER
Since the beginning, Kohli has liked to play cricket. When he was three years old he picked up his bat for the first time and started swinging it. His father would bowl to him in his childhood. Virat Kohli first played in the state-level tournament Polly Umrigar U15 trophy in 2002, where he was the highest run-scorer for Delhi. Virat Kohli led the Delhi side in the 2003-04 Polly Umrigar trophy. In that season Virat made 390 runs in 5 matches with an average of 78 consisting of two 100s & two 50s. In the same year (2004) he represented Delhi in the 2003-04 U17 Vijay Merchant trophy. He notched up 470 runs in four matches with an impressive average of 117.50 smashing two hundred. Virat Kohli carried out 2004-05 as the top run-getter of the tournament with 757 runs in just 7 matches with an average of 84.11 including two centuries. Virat debuted in List A cricket against Services in 2006 for Delhi but he didn’t get a chance to bat in that match. Selectors selected him in the U19 squad for the tour of England in July of the year 2006 for his consistent performance in domestic cricket. In the limited-overs series, he scored runs with an average of 101 & 49 in the test series. India won all series with ease. India U19 toured Pakistan in September 2006, there also he amazed everyone with his exceptional performance averaged 58 in the Test and 41.66 in ODI.
At the age of 18, Virat Kohli made his first class debut for Delhi against Tamilnadu in 2006 & he made 10 runs in his first match. On 18th December in 2006 Virat Kohli’s father passed away but kohli did an act of commitment. He finalized to play the match against Karnataka and made 90 runs. He went to the funeral of his dad after getting out. His father’s death changed his life completely. His father’s dream was to see him playing for India which later became his dream. Afterwards his attitude changed completely. Virat scored 257 runs in six matches in his first Ranji trophy season. Kohli was made captain of India U19 side for 2008 U19 World Cup in Malaysia. Virat was the third highest run getter of the. Tournament with 235 runs 6 matches with an average of 47. He scored an outstanding hundred against West Indies off 76 balls and got Man of the match award. He won the Man of the match award against New Zealand also by taking 2for 23 and scoring 43 runs which was crucial for India to win and get into semi finals. Eventually, Virat led India won the World Cup by defeating South Africa in the finals. His captaincy was commendable for making accurate bowling changes throughout the tournament.
VIRAT KOHLI’S ODI CAREER
Virat Kohli’s ODI debut was dramatic; he was picked up for the ODI series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka on 19 August 2008 as both the openers, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were injured.19 years old Virat Kohli made only 12 runs in his first-ever ODI match as an opener. He made his first half-century in the fourth ODI of this series (54) and 37, 25& 31 in the rest of the matches. India won the series by 3-2 and it was India’s first ODI series win in Srilankan Den. Virat Kohli got a place in the next home series against England also but due to India’s regular openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, Virat didn’t get a place in playing 11. In December Virat Kohli acquired BCCI’S graded contract of INR 1.5 million. After being dropped from the ODI squad for Sri Lanka ODI series, Virat got a place in a tetra emerging tournament for India which was hosted in Australia in 2009. Virat was the top run-scorer in the series with 398 runs in 7 matches with an average of 66.93. He smashed 104 runs off 102 balls in the final of the tournament against South Africa which helped India to win the series. His phenomenal performance gifted him a place in the squad of India for ICC Champions Trophy 2009. In Champions Trophy, Virat Kohli batted at no 4 because of the injury of Yuvraj Singh. He did well there too. In a group stage match against West Indies, he scored an unbeaten 79 to assist India to chase 130. In the initial 3-4 years virat kohli couldn’t find a place in playing 11 due to big names who were performing well and were experienced. In the home series against Australia, Virat kohli was kept as reserve batsman. Viart made a comeback in the team in the home series against Sri Lanka scoring 27 and 54 in first and second ODI. in the third ODI he lost his place again due to injured Yuvraj Singh who regained his fitness. A second time Virat earned a place as Yuvi ruled out of injury from the series. Virat capitalized the opportunity really well by notching up his maiden ODI century 107 off 111 balls and fabricated a partnership of 224 runs for third wicket with in-form Gautam Gambhir who also scored his career best 150. This partnership helped India to win the series. Gautam bestowed his MOM award to Young Virat Kohli for his explosive innings. India played a tri series in Bangladesh in January 2010 luckily Sachin Tendulkar took rest for the series so Virat Kohli played all five matches for the first time in his cricketing career. He became the highest run-getter in the series with 275 runs in 5 matches with 91.55. His total run consisted of one century and two fifties. With the hundred against Bangladesh he became the one of third Indian to have two centuries in ODI before age 22 along with Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina. Virat Kohli became vice captain of India for tri series (Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka) in May 2010. Kohli scored 168 runs in this series with an average of 42. In this series, Virat Kohli became the fastest Indian batsman to score 1000 runs. In the Asia Cup which took place in the same month Kohli was not in a good form,managed to score runs with an average of 16. In Spite of not performing well, Virat was in the squad for the home Australia series. Virat scored a magnificent 118 off 121 balls to take India to 290 runs. India won the match and Virat Kohli earned the Man of the match award. This score was a big relief for Kohli as he didn’t do well in the past two series. BCCI announced a very young side for next home series against New Zealand. Virat made 105 off 104 balls in the fourth match, 63 &64 in the second and third ODI. India whitewashed New Zealand in this series under Gautam Gambhirs’s captaincy. His consistent performance helped him to be a strong contestant for India’s 2019 ODI squad. In 2010 Virat Kohli became the highest run getter for India with 995 runs in 25 ODI matches with an average of 47.40. Once again, Virat Kohli became the leading run scorer in the South African tour with 193 runs. Kohli was becoming the pillar of Indian ODI side gradually. Finally he made it to INDIA’S ODI squad for 2011 World Cup. In the very first match against Bangladesh he hit unbeaten 100 of 78 balls to take India to a mammoth total in the match. Although matches were not going well for Kohli but he made 69 against West Indies in the group stage match and crucial 35 runs in the final against Sri Lanka when Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag got out in the first two overs while chasing the 275. He produced an 83 run partnership for the third wicket with Gautam Gambhir before getting out off Dilshan’s ball. This partnership was one of the important points of the match which accommodated India to win the World Cup after 28 years since 1983. India toured West Indies post 2011 World Cup and India went there with an inexperienced team , most of the senior players were rested due to contusion. Again Kohli was the highest run getter with 199 runs in the series. Kohli was slightly catching the eyes of selectors for a permanent place in the ODI squad.
INDIA’S Next ODI series was against England in England in July-August. Virat Kohli once again proved his ability by scoring 70 and 107 in the first and final ODI match. He was the only player in the series to hit a century. Virat Kohli kept scoring runs in the next ODI series against England with 270 runs in 5 matches including a 112 & 86. He was getting good at chasing in ODI. He made the most runs (243) in the series against West Indies in November 2011 with an average of 60.11 along with 117 0ff 123 balls while chasing 271. For the consecutive 2 years Virat Kohli scored most runs for India in ODI with 1381 runs in 34 matches (47.62 average). In the Triangular Commonwealth Bank series Kohli shined again with 373 runs with an average of 53.28. Against Sri Lanka, Kohli scored 133 off 86 balls while chasing 321. He smoked the Lankan bowlers all around the park and especially Lasith Malinga who is considered toughest bowler to smash 24 runs in an over. Kohli ended as the top run scorer for India.
Virat Kohli showcased his exceptional batting in the 2012 Asia cup. He was the leading run scorer of the tournament with 357 runs (avg 119). He scored his career best 183 runs off 148 balls against Pakistan in the last group stage match. His century helped India to chase down 330 runs. He smashed the century with the help of 22 fours and one six. 183 is the highest individual score in ASIA Cup history.
Virat again included two centuries in his personal stat book in the next ODI series against Sri Lanka in July-August 2012. He notched up 128 in Colombo and 106 in Hambantota. Virat Kohli achieved the Man of the series award for his jaw dropping batting throughout the series. Virat Kohli sealed a place in the 2013 Champions Trophy which was held in England for his great run with the bat. He made 34, 22 and unbeaten 22 in the group stage against South Africa, West indies and Pakistan separately. In the semi finals he surged with 58 not out against Sri Lanka at Cardiff. The champions Trophy final was decreased to 20 overs due to constant rain. Kohli shined with 43 runs in the final and eventually India ended up winning the Champions Trophy 2013 under MS DHONI’S leadership.
FIRST ODI SERIES AS CAPTAIN
2013 Triangular Sri Lanka- West Indies series was Virat Kohli’s first series as captain as captain MS Dhoni injured himself in the first match. Despite Kohli’s 61, India lost the match. In the next match Virat Kohli scored his first ODI ton as captain 102 from 83 balls. Virat captained India completely in the next series against Zimbabwe. He summed up 187 runs in the series including 115 runs off 108 balls in the first ODI at Harare. India whitewashed Zimbabwe with 5-0.
CONSISTENCY AT IT’S BEST IN ODI
The next series was with Australia of 7 matches. Virat demonstrated the sparkle of his bat again. In the opening match he notched up 61 runs and struck the fastest century by an Indian in just 52 balls in Jaipur. He shared 186 runs partnership of second wicket with Rohit sharma in just 17.2 overs. His excellent innings of 100 helped India to win the match where the target was 360. He again smacked a hundred (115 0ff 61 balls) in Nagpur in the sixth ODI. At the completion of this series Virat Kohli reached to no 1 ranking in ICC ODI ranking for the first time.
2014 India’s home series against Sri Lanka was captain Virat Kohli’s second series as captain. In the first four matches of the series he made 22,49,53 & 63 respectively. But kohli is a player you can’t keep quiet for a long time. He made a superb century 139 off 126 balls at Ranchi in the 5th ODI and chased down 289 runs. At the end of the series, Virat Kohli became the fastest player to make 6000 ODI runs. He scored 1000 runs for four years in a row in ODI with 1054 runs with an average of 58.55. He was the second player after former captain Sourav Ganguly to achieve the feat.
Before the 2015 cricket World Cup, Virat’s bat didn’t speak in the tri series in Australia. But still he was one of the main players of India for the World Cup campaign. In the first group match of the 2015 World Cup against Pakistan, Virat came back in form with 107 0ff 126 balls which assisted India to set a target of 301. This century was Virat Kohli’s 20th in his career. In other group matches he scored 46, 33, 33*,44* and 38 against South Africa, UAE, WEST INDIES, IRELAND AND ZIMBABWE respectively. In the quarter final Kohli managed to score 3 runs only although India won the match and reached the semi-finals. Kohli’s poor run continued there too, he made only 9 before getting out against Mitchell Johnson off a short pitch delivery. India lost the semi finals and was knocked out of the tournament. Virat had one bad series after the world cup 2015 against Bangladesh in Bangladesh in june 2015. South Africa traveled to India in june 2015. Virat Kohli illustrated a good display of batting with an average of 49 in the series including 77 & 138 in fourth ODI. Although India lost the series by 2-3.
Kohli had an awesome start of 2016 as India went to Australia to play limited over series. He made 91 and 51 in the first two matches of the series. In the next two matches Virat scored 117 and 106. In spite of his good performance India’s accomplishment was not enough as a unit so as a result they lost the series by 1-4.
Virat Kohli captained India in 2017 championship Trophy. It was Virat Kohli’s first ICC tournament as captain. Virat scored 258 runs in the tournament which consisted of unbeaten 96 against Bangladesh in the semi final. Virat was part of India’s top order collapse in the final against Pakistan. He scored only 5 runs in the match. India lost the final by 180 runs while chasing the target of 339 runs. During the tournament, Virat kohli became the fastest batsman to score 8000 runs in just 175 innings.
Post 2017 ICC Championship trophy Kohli performed consistently against New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies. During the New Zealand series, Virat Kohli became the only batsman to score 8888 runs (highest), 31 100s with an average of 55.55 in 200 ODI matches.
COMPLETE OVERSEAS DOMINATION IN ODI
2018 was a dream year for king kohli. In the tour of South Africa, Virat kohli scored 558 runs in 6 matches. Kohli scored three tons in this series including the highest score of 160*. 558 runs are the highest run by a batsman in a bilateral ODI series. By winning the series (5-1) Virat Kohli was the first captain to win a bilateral ODI series in South Africa. In the West Indies tour Virat Kohli made 453 runs in just 5 matches with an average of 151 including two centuries. He hit the bowlers of West Indies all over the park. During this series, Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman to make 10k ODI runs in just 205 innings surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record of fastest to score 10k runs in 259 innings. By this series, Virat Kohli had the best batting average (59) among 10k run scorers.
India played the 2019 World Cup under Virat Kohli’s leadership. It was Virat Kohli’s second ICC tournament as captain. Virat scored 443 runs in the tournament. He made 5 fifty plus scores in a row. In the ongoing tournament, Virat Kohli became the fastest batsman to score 11000 runs in just 223 innings. In the semi final Virat got out for one run only , INDIA also lost the match to New Zealand. Virat Kohli has hit 43 tons & 58 half centuries in 248 ODI matches and scored 11867 runs with an average of 59.34 so far.
VIRAT KOHLI’S TEST CAREER
Virat Kohli made his test debut on 20th june in 2011 against West Indies at Kingston. In this match he scored only 4 & 15 runs in 1st and 2nd innings respectively. He hadn’t had a good debut series, only managed to accumulate 76 runs in the series. As a result he was not selected in the test squad for the tour of England in july-August in 2011. But later replaced Yuvraj Singh in the test squad as he was ruled out due to injury. Kohli didn’t get a place in playing 11 throughout the series. But again in november 2011, Virat Kohli got a place in India’s test squad for the West Indies home series as he did well in the previous ODI series against England. He played only one match at Eden gardens and performed well by making 52 and 63 in the match. The next series was way more challenging than the tour of Kangaroo Land. Virat started the test series with duck and 11 runs in the first match. Second match was also similar for Virat as he was struggling to score because their wicket was different than it used to be to him, bouncy and grassy.
But Virat didn’t let the team down in the third match scoring fighting 44 and 75 at Perth against a fierce Australian bowling line up. Virat Kohli hit his maiden Test century (116) at Adelaide and illustrated his worth. Virat ended the series as the highest run scorer for India 300 runs in four matches with an average of 75. India’s next test series was against New Zealand in India. Virat was in very good form in that series too. Virat scored 58 runs off 107 balls in the first test. And in second match scored his second test hundred (103) in the first innings and 51* in the second innings. Virat kohli grabbed his second Man of the match award in test cricket. England toured India in November 2011. They gave India a big shock by winning the test series (2-1) for the first time in 28 years.
Kohli couldn’t score many runs in the series apart from 103 off 295 balls in Nagpur in the final test which resulted as a draw match. The competition was on in the next series again as the best test side traveled to India for a four match test series and few limited over matches. In the first test match at Chennai Virat scored 107 runs and India also won the match. Kohli averaged 56.80 in the series. India became the first team to whitewash Australia (4-0) in more than 40 years. Kohli sealed the number 4 spot after the retirement series of great Sachin Tendulkar in 2013 against West Indies. 2013-2014 test series was Virat Kohli’s first test series in South Africa. Kohli started batting at no 4 and smashed 119 and 96 at Johannesburg in the first test against the contemporary best bowling line up consisting of Dale steyn, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander. Everyone appreciated Kohli’s innings as he demonstrated great temperament and skill in the match. This century was the first century by an Asian batsman at that venue since 1998. He scored 46 & 11 in the second test. Unfortunately India lost the series by 1-0. Every player goes through several lean phases in their career, as does Virat Kohli. 2014 England tour was Virat Kohli’s worst time in his cricketing career. He was lacking confidence in his batting in the English conditions. He made runs with an average of 13.40 in ten innings. His top score of the test series was 39. Every tough situation brings the best from a human being. Same went for Kohli. Kohli worked really hard on his batting techniques. All the hard work of Virat kohli reflected in the India tour of Australia 2014-15. Virat captained India in the absence of injured MS Dhoni and scored 115 in the first inning and 141 in the second innings. Although his tons went in vain as India’s batting collapsed after kohli’s dismissal. According to Australian commentators Kohli’s 141 was the best fourth innings batting they had ever seen. In the second test Kohli’s bat didn’t speak as he only managed to gather 11 &1 runs. Virat made a great comeback in the third test at Melbourne by scoring 169 & 54. Kohli was the last man standing for India and helped India to tie the match. At the end of the boxing day test at Melbourne MS Dhoni retired from test cricket and Kohli was given the responsibility of India’s captainship. Kohli continued his great run in the fourth test also scoring 147& 46. Virat finished the series with 692 runs in four matches which is most by any Indian visiting Australia. After this series India played the next series against South Africa at home. Under Virat Kohli’s leadership India whitewashed South Africa by 3-0. Kohli made 200 runs with an average of 33.33. India didn’t play the longest format for almost one year as T20 World cup 2016 was nearby. After the T20 World Cup 2016 India arrived in the West Indies for a long tour. He hit a double century (200) at Antigua which was his first in international Cricket. It was also the first double hundred for an Indian captain in foreign soil. India became no 1 side in the test by superseding Pakistan. Virat was in terrific form in the next few series also. Against New Zealand at home Virat scored another double century (211) at Indore in the third test match. India whitewashed New Zealand (3-0) and retained the no 1 position. Virat scored double centuries in the next two test series also 204 & 235 against Bangladesh and England respectively. With these four consecutive double centuries he became the first player in the world to score 4 double hundred in four consecutive series by breaking records of Rahul Dravid and Sir Don Bradman. Virat scored two more double centuries against Sri Lanka in the home series in November 2017. He scored 213 in Nagpur and 243 at his homeground in Delhi. Virat ended the series with 610 runs in three matches. He became the first captain in the history of test cricket to score six double centuries along with this Virat Kohli had the most runs in a three match test series amid Indian batsmen. India won the series by 1-0 and with the win India became the second team in the history of test cricket to win nine consecutive test series. For his sensational performance, Virat was named the captain of ICC TEST and ODI XI of 2017. On 4th March 2020, Kohli played his last match against New Zeland as a test before lockdown.
OVERSEAS DOMINATION IN TEST
India traveled South Africa in 2018 but this team with a complete and probably with best bowling lineup who could hurt proteas badly. In the first test Virat only notched up 28&5. India lost the test by 72 runs, Indian batsmen couldn’t handle the heat of the South African bowling line up. In the second test at Centurion Virat gave a perfect reply with 153 runs on a tough wicket to bat. But as a batting unit India failed to do well which resulted in a loss. The whole team performed exceptionally in the last test where Virat scored 44 and 54. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar , Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami ripped through African batting lineup sharing 17 wickets among them, India won by 63 runs.
Afterwards a big test was awaiting for Virat Kohli, the England tour. Everyone was keen to see Virat Kohli keeping in mind the last tour. But Virat showed them who is the boss by hitting an extraordinary hundred 149 runs and 51 in the second innings. With this achievement Virat kohli replaced Steve Smith as no 1 Test batsman. In the third test Virat scored 97 &103 at Nottingham which helped India to win the match. Virat scored 593 runs in the series. But India lost the series by 1-4. If the whole team did well along with Virat the result could have been different.
Virat again stood tall in the 2018 Border-Gavaskar trophy in Australia in 2018. After getting 27 runs in the first test, Virat scored his 25th test ton at Perth (123). With this hundred Virat Kohli became the fastest India to score 25 test tons and overall second fastest after Sir Don Bradman. Virat amazed the audience in the third test also with 83 runs at Melbourne. Virat finished the series with 282 runs and became the first Indian & Asian captain to win a test series in Australia (2-1).
Virat Captain India for the 50th time in the test cricket home series against South Africa. He smashed unbeaten 254 in the second test match at pune in 2018. With this double century Virat kohli became the first Indian to score seven double hundreds and fourth overall to do so. During India’s first day night test match, Virat became the fastest captain to score 5000 test runs and also scored his 70th International century. He has scored 7240 runs in 86 tests with an average of 53.63. He has hit 27 100s & 22 50s so far in test cricket. Virat has total 70 centuries so far in his career (43 ODI &27 Test)
Virat Kohli played his first T20 International match against Zimbabwe at Harare sports club on 26th June 2010. He scored 26* in his first match. Virat’s T20 career is as illustrious as other formats of the game. When he started playing for India nobody realized that Virat would dominate the shortest format of the game too. When kohli started playing T20 cricket there would be very few T20 matches compared to Test & ODI matches.
India toured Sri Lanka in 2011-12 and played only one T20 match where, Virat scored unbeaten 69 0ff 48 balls (his first fifty) and earned the Man of the series award. Virat Kohli was a part of India’s squad for the 2012 T20 World Cup which was held by Sri Lanka. He made total 185 runs in the tournament(46.25) including two half centuries (50&78*) against Afghanistan and Pakistan respectively. He got man of the match award on both occasions. Kohli had a bad series against Pakistan in November 2012 he scored runs with an average of 18 only. Virat was given the responsibility of vice-captainship of team India in 2014 T20 World Cup. Virat Kohli had a dream tournament with the bat. He scored 319 runs with an average of 106.33 and 129.14 strike rate. He scored 5 half centuries in the series which was consisted of 77* and 77 against South Africa in the semi-finals and Sri Lanka in the finals. Although India lost the final as they set a target of 131 only. Virat achieved the Man of the man tournament award for his incredible batting throughout the series. In T20s against England in England (2014) Kohli scored 41 ball 66 which ended in a losing cause. With this half century, Kohli conquered the T20 ranking. South Africa arrived in India in 2015 where Virat scored only 41 and 1. During the first match he became the fastest batsman to score 1000 runs in the world in just 27th innings. Virat again did well in another ICC tournament 2016 T20 world cup. He was the most consistent batsman of the tournament and highest run getter(273) with an average of 136.50. His stupendous knock of 82 off 51 helped to seal India a spot in semi finals.. In the final against West Indies despite of Virat’s 47 balls 89 India lost to West Indies. Virat won back to back Man of the series award in T20 world Cup for brilliant batting.
Virat has played all the formats of the game with equal intensity and has done well in all three formats. He is the only batsman in the earth to have above 50 average across all formats. Which makes him the conqueror of the game.
VIRAT KOHLI IPL CAREER
Virat Kohli was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the inaugural season of IPL(2008) for USD 30000. He scored only 165 runs in 12 matches in the first season of IPL. RCB didn’t do well as a unit. He came back better in the next season and made 246 runs in the whole season. RCB was the runners of IPL 2009. After every season Virat started getting better, in 2010 he scored 307 runs with a strike rate of 144.16. In the fourth season of IPL RCB retained only one player that was Virat Kohli. Virat batted really well throughout the 2011 season and scored 557 runs with an average of 46.41 and captained RCB in a few matches in the absence of skipper Daniel Vettori. RCB finished the tournament as runners once again after the 2009 IPL. Kohli’s 2012 season was a bit bad compared to 2011 he managed to notch up 364 runs with an average of 28. Kohli led RCB in the 2013 season and RCB finished the tournament at the fifth position. He scored 634 runs with a strike rate of 138. He was the third highest run getter of the tournament. In next season virat scored only 359 runs and his side finished at seventh position. Virat led his team to the playoffs in 2015 IPL season. His total runs were 505 with an average of 45.90.
2015 IPL season was the dream IPl season for Virat Kohli. Royal Challengers Bangalore finished the season at the second position. Virat scored 973 runs in 16 innings, he broke Chris Gayle’s 733 runs record in a season (2012). Virat’s 976 runs in a season is still a record. He scored 4 centuries in the 2016 season which is still a record most centuries in a single edition of IPL. Virat couldn’t play all matches in 2017 due to shoulder injury. He scored 308 runs in 10 matches. RCB finished the season at the bottom of the table.
RCB retained Virat Kohli for USD 2.4 million. He scored 530 runs in IPL 2018. In 2019 he made 419 runs. In the 2019 season, Virat Kohli became the second player to score 5000 runs in IPL.
In the 13th season of IPL Virat scored 466 runs. RCB got knocked out in the first playoff against Sunrisers Hyderabad. RCB’S middle order was not consistent throughout the season which led him to the elimination.
VIRAT KOHLI’S STATS
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Virat Kohli’s age is 32 years old as of 2020.
Virat Kohli’s birthday is on November 5.
Virat Kohli’s height is 5.8 ft.
Virat Kohli’s wife name is Anushka Sharma.
Virat Kohli’s brother name is Vikas Kohli
VIRAT KOHLI FAMILY DETAILS
Virat’s father Prem Kohli was a criminal lawyer by profession. He used to take him to the ground when he was young. His mother’s name is Saroj Kohli. She is a housewife. Virat has two siblings (Vabna Kohli and Vikas Kohli). Virat has married Indian actress Anushka Sharma on 11 December 2017 in a private ceremony in Florence, Italy. England Women’s team cricketer Danielle Wyatt proposed Virat Kohli in 2017.
Virat’s wife Anushka is pregnant and he announced it on August 2020.
VIRAT KOHLI NET WORTH
Virat Kohli’s estimated net worth is US$119 million.
VIRAT KOHLI’S ADDRESS
Earlier Virat Kohli was living in Paschim Vihar‘s posh area Meera Bagh.
- Meera Bagh, Paschim Vihar, Delhi metro green line (used to live earlier)
- DLF City, Phase -1, Block-C, Gurgaon
- 35th floor of the Omkar ‘1973’ in Worli, Mumbai, India
VIRAT KOHLI SOCIAL PROFILE
Virat Kohli Instagram profile has 82.8 million followers.
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VIRAT KOHLI EDUCATION
He was 12th pass from Vishal Bharti Public School, Delhi.
VIRAT KOHLI AWARDS
ICC Cricketer of the year ( 2017 and 2018)
Wisden leading cricketer of the year (2016,2017 &2018)
ICC ODI cricketer of the year (2012, 2017 &2018)
ICC Spirit of Cricket award (2019)
ICC Test player of the year (2018)
Ceat International Cricketer of the Cricketer (2011-12,2014-15,2015-2016,2016-17,2017-18).
Barmy army International Cricketer of the year (2017& 2018)
He was bestowed “ARJUNA AWARD” in 2013.
Virat got “PADMA SHRI” award in 2017 which is INDIA’S fourth highest civilian award
Virat Kohli was honored with” RAJIV GANDHI KHEL RATNA AWARD” in 2018.
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