- Virat Kohli, India
- 5ft 9in (1.75 m)
- Current Team
Date of Birth: 5th November 1988
Virat Kohli Height: 5ft 9in (1.75 m)
Virat Kohli age – 30 Years
Batting Style: Right Hand
Bowling Style: Right-arm medium
Major Teams Played for: India, India U19, India Red, Delhi, and Royal Challengers Bangalore
Test Debut: Vs West Indies on 20th June 2011
ODI Debut: Vs Sri Lanka on 18th August 2008
T20I Debut: Vs Zimbabwe on 12th June 2010
Virat Kohli total centuries in all format are 64 centuries.
39 Centuries in ODI
25 Centuries in Test Cricket
He is widely considered to be one of the four great batsmen of his era, the others being Australia’s Steven Smith, England’s Joe Root and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson.
In 2012, four years after his India debut, Kohli forced the cricket world’s attention upon himself. In the fourth and final Test of a dismal Australia tour for India, who were already 3-0 down, Kohli came to the fore with a composed 116 in Adelaide. It was his maiden Test hundred, and the only century by an Indian batsman on that tour. Later, in the ODI triangular that followed, he uncorked an astonishing, unbeaten 86-ball 133 to help India chase down 321 in 36.4 overs against Sri Lanka. Soon after, he made an ODI career-best 183 against Pakistan in a chase of 331.
How His Carrer Took A Quick Growth
There is no better batsman than Kohli in chases: he says targets allow him to think clearly and pace his innings. He is unique in that he allies this clarity of thought with a classical batting technique and a supremely confident mindset. A stable head, sure footwork and firm wrists are part of Kohli’s arsenal, which helps him play an array of audacious shots.
Fluent all around the ground, Kohli is equally confident off the front and back foot. And he isn’t shy to move away from tradition and take guard a yard outside his crease, as he did on the tour of Australia in 2014-15. Having been embarrassed by James Anderson in England, he made this technical adjustment on the advice of India coach Ravi Shastri and scored four centuries including twin hundreds in Adelaide. He finished the series as the second-highest run-getter behind Smith, as Australia won 2-0.
Since then, and in no small measure helped by playing Tests at home, India has won series against South Africa, England, Australia, and New Zealand while winning away in the West Indies and twice in Sri Lanka.
The year 2016 turned out to be Kohli’s best phase, by some distance as he plundered runs across formats with the consistency reaching insane levels. He amassed over 2500 international runs at a mind-boggling average of 86.50, with seven centuries and 13 half centuries from 40 innings.
This included a ‘Man of the Tournament’ award in the 2016 World T20 where India made the semifinals. In addition to this, he also racked up a phenomenal 900 runs in the Indian T20 League with an incredible four centuries to his name. During the 2016-17 season, Kohli also became the first batsman to register a double century in four successive Test series, going past the legendary Sir Donald Bradman and Rahul Dravid, both of whom had managed it for three consecutive series.
His exploits showed the world that he can dominate in all formats simultaneously without breaking a sweat.
After a dreamy 2016-17 season, Virat carried his form to the tour of South Africa in the early part of 2018. Though India lost the series 2-1, his 153 in the second Test at Centurion proved his potential once again in alien conditions. He even took his side to series wins in the limited-overs format, which was a first for India in South Africa. Having in mind his excellent fitness and ability to adapt to all formats without any fuss, it will not come as a surprise if he ends up owning most batting records by the time he brings the curtain down on his career.
Records and Achievements
- Kholi has the fastest ODI century; is the fastest to 10 ODI centuries and 5,000 ODI runs
- He is the second batsman in the world to have scored 1,000 or more ODI runs for four consecutive calendar years
- Also, He scored most runs in a single tournament, both the World Twenty20 and the IPL
- Virat is the fastest batsman to score 1,000 runs, in which most runs are in a calendar year and most fifties in the format
- He is also the fastest Indian cricketer to reach 3,000 runs in ODIs
- Virat is the first Indian batsman to have scored two test double centuries as a captain
- He has most runs in a calendar year in ODIs for 2011
- Virat scored 183 runs, the highest score by any batsman in ODI against Pakistan
- BCCI’s Polly Umrigar Award for international cricketer of the year went to Virat for the years 2011-12 and 2014-15.
- Virat was chosen ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year 2012, and ICC World ODI XI of the year 2012 and 2014
- Also, He is a recipient of the Arjuna Award, 2013
- He was chosen CEAT International Cricketer of the Year, for years 2011-12 and 2013-14
Virat Kohli Records as Captain
- Maximum consecutive wins in Test series (9) as a captain from 2015–2017 (equal with Ricky Ponting from 2005–2008).
- Virat is the first batsman to score three centuries in his first three innings as Test captain.
- He is also the second Test captain to score centuries in his first two Test innings after Greg Chappell.
- Virat is the First Indian Test captain to score a double century overseas.
- Also, he is the First Indian Test captain to score two or more double centuries.
- Virat is the Fastest captain to score 1000 ODI runs.
- He is the First ever batsman to score double centuries in four consecutive Test series.
- Kohli is the Fastest captain to score 2000 ODI runs.
- He is the first Indian captain to score a hundred and a duck in the same Test.
- The first captain to score ten international hundreds in a calendar year.
- He scored Most Test centuries as a captain of India (12).
- Most double centuries by a captain in Tests (6).
- He has scored Most centuries (11) as a captain in a calendar year (2017).
- Virat has scored Most runs as captain of India in Tests.
- Also, he has scored Most ODI centuries as a captain of India (13).
- Kohli is the first Test captain to score centuries in each game of a three-match Test series.
- He is the fastest captain to score 3000 ODI runs.
- Also, he is the first captain to score three successive centuries in ODIs.
- Kohli holds the record of the most runs in a series by a Captain (558 vs South Africa 2017/18)
- He is the first Indian and also Asian captain to win at least one Test in South Africa, England, and Australia.
Virat Kohli Records in IPL
- Virat Kohli is currently the most expensive player in IPL history as he was retained by the RCB franchise for a whopping price of 17 crore INR during the 2018 IPL transfer window.
- Kohli along with AB de Villiers holds the record of highest partnership in IPL history (229 runs).
- Also, he holds the record for the most runs in a season in IPL (973 runs in IPL 2016).
- Virat holds the record of most numbers of centuries ( 4 in IPL 2016) scored in a single IPL season.
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