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Virat Kohli Biography
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The Run Machine of India or we can say King Kohli is the current skipper of the Indian national team. The right handed batsman is regarded as one of the best batsman of this generation. ESPN ranked the Delhi boy as one of the best sportsperson in this world.

Virat Kohli Family

On 5th November 1988, Virat Kohli was born in Punjabi Khatri family in Delhi. His father Prem Kohli was a criminal lawyer and mother Saroj Kohli is a housewife. Virat has also got two siblings­ – his elder brother Vikas and his elder sister Bhavana.

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Virat Kohli with his siblings (Virat Kohli family)
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Virat also has a nephew named Aarav, who is often seen supporting Virat in many IPL matches. Virat Kohli started dating Bollywood diva Anushka Sharma in 2013. After almost 4 years of dating, the couple got married on 11 December 2017 in a private ceremony in Florence, Italy.

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Virat Kohli Biography Of Childhood

Virat was enthusiastic about cricket right from his childhood. He did his schooling from Vishal Bharati Public School. After witnessing Virat’s talent his neighbours asked Virat’s father not to waste his time on Gully cricket. So Prem Kohli took nine-year-old Virat to Rajkumar Sharma, the trainer at the West Delhi Cricket Academy in 1998.

Virat Kohli with childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma
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According to Rajkumar, Virat was very enthusiastic about cricket from his childhood days. He was willing to bat at any position. It was even hard for Rajkumar to send Kohli home after the training session is over as he wouldn’t just leave.

Virat Kohli Biography Of Domestic And U19 Career

Kohli first started playing for Delhi U15 in the 2002-03 Polly Umrigar Trophy. There he became the leading run-scorer of his team, scoring 172 runs at an average of 34.40. In the 2003-04 season, Kohli became the captain of the team. He scored 390 runs in 5 innings at an average of 78, which included 2 centuries and 2 fifties.

Young Virat Kohli receiving an award from Ashish Nehra
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Kohli was then selected in the Delhi U17 team in the 2003-04 Vijay Merchant Trophy. In the 2004-05 season, Delhi U17 won the Vijay Merchant Trophy. Kohli top-scored with 757 runs from 7 matches at an average of 84.11. He also made his List A debut for Delhi against Services, but unfortunately didn’t get to bat.

Kohli was selected in the India U19 squad for the tour of England in July 2006. In September he toured Pakistan with U19 team. Later in November 2006, Kohli made his first-class debut for Delhi against Tamil Nadu. Kohli came into spotlight after he decided to play against Karnataka on the day his father died. He scored 90 in that innings and directly went to the funeral. Kohli himself believes that day changed his life forever.

Virat Kohli playing for Delhi State Team
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In April 2007, Kohli made his Twenty20 debut in the Inter-State T20 Championship. After a couple of series with the U19 team, Kohli was named the captain for the 2008 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia. He led the team to victory and individually became tournament’s third highest run-scorer with 235 runs.

Virat Kohli lifting the ICC U19 World Cup
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Virat Kohli and his men with the ICC U19 World Cup
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Virat Kohli Biography Of International Career

Kohli made his senior international debut against Sri Lanka at the age of 19. Prior to that Kohli had played only 8 List A games. Although he was dismissed for 12 in his first game, he went to score a half-century (54) in the fourth game. Kohli was also named in the Champions Trophy, which later got postponed to 2009.

In October 2008, Kohli played for Indian Board President’s XI against Australia. There he made 105 and 16* against bowlers like Brett Lee, Stuart Clark, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle and Jason Krejza. In December 2008, Kohli was given a Grade D contract, for which he was entitled to receive Rs 15 lakh.                                Virat Kohli Biography

In the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy, Kohli batted at No. 4 because of an injury to Yuvraj Singh. He scored 79* in a group match against West Indies which earned him his first Man of the Match award. In December 2009 in a series against Sri Lanka, Kohli scored his first ODI century (107 off 111 balls).

Virat Kohli during the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy
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Virat Kohli in his bowling stride
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In May-June 2010, in tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, Kohli was named vice-captain for the first time. He also made his T20I debut against Zimbabwe and scored 26*. Later in 2010 Asia Cup, Kohli batted at No. 3. However he started struggling with his form for a couple of series. In October, Kohli regained his form by scoring a century against Australia.

Kohli’s performance improved thereafter and he was named in the 15-man World Cup squad for 2011. He also jumped to No. 2 in the ICC ODI batsman rankings. Kohli began the 2011 World Cup journey with a century against Bangladesh. He played all the games in the World Cup and stitched a crucial 83-run partnership with Gautam Gambhir in the final. This partnership was crucial for India as they lifted the cup after 28 years.

Team India with the 2011 World Cup
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Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina with the 2011 World Cup
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Kohli made his Test debut in Kingston in June-July 2011 against West Indies. However he scored only 4 and 15 and was caught behind by Fidel Edwards in both innings. Kohli didn’t have a good Test series as he struggled against short ball. Later he was dropped from the Test side against England. He got into the Test side later in October against the West Indies.

Despite struggling in the longest format, Kohli continued his form in the ODI format. He also garnered a reputation as “an expert of the chase”, as Kohli effectively chased down huge totals. Kohli became the highest run-getter in ODIs in 2011 with 1381 runs from 34 matches with an average of 47.62 and four centuries.                          Virat Kohli Biography

Virat Kohli during his initial Test days
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After a fine performance in the 2011-12 Commonwealth Bank series, Kohli was appointed vice-captain for the 2012 Asia Cup. There he scored his personal best of 183 off 148 against Pakistan. In the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, Kohli’s good form continued and he was named in the ‘Team of the Tournament’.                            Virat Kohli Biography

Along with that Kohli was also named in the World ODI XI by the ICC in 2012. After having a poor form in previous two Test series, Kohli scored his fourth Test century against Australia in February 2013. In June 2013, he was named in the ICC Champions Trophy and helped India secure the title. He was also featured in the ‘Team of the Tournament’.

Virat Kohli dancing after the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy win
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Virat Kohli kissing the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy
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Virat Kohli Biography Of Captaincy

In 2014 December during the Australian tour, Kohli was appointed the captain for the first time. He scored 115 in his Test captaincy debut. After the third Test of that series, MS Dhoni retired from Tests and Kohli was made the permanent captain.                        Virat Kohli Biography

During the 2015 World Cup, Kohli scored 107 off 126 balls against Pakistan in the first game. As a result he received his first Man on the Match award in a World Cup game. India bowed out in the semi-finals against Australia in 2015 World Cup.

Virat Kohli after the century against Pakistan during the 2015 World Cup
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Kohli started 2016 on a good note as he became the fastest to get 25 ODI centuries. He was instrumental in Asia Cup win and also helped India go to the semis of 2016 ICC World Twenty20. He also won the second consecutive Man of the Tournament at the World Twenty20.

Kohli then scored his first Test double century against West Indies. After that series India briefly became No. 1 Test team until Pakistan displaced them. In the next Test series against New Zealand, Kohli again scored a double century.

India once again regained the top spot in the ICC Test rankings. Kohli also became the captain the limited overs format during this period. In 2016, Kohli was named the captain of World ODI XI by ICC. In 2017, he was named the captain of World Test XI by ICC.      Virat Kohli Biography

Virat Kohli with the ICC Test mace
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Virat Kohli Biography Of ICC Tournaments

Kohli’s first mega tournament as a captain was the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. Kohli had a good tournament scoring 96* against Bangladesh in the semi-finals. However he got out in the third of the final against Pakistan. India also lost the final by 180 runs.

Virat Kohli posing with the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy
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Kohli’s next big assignment was the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Personally Kohli scored five consecutive fifty plus scores in the tournament. However in the semi-final, Kohli scored just one. India also lost the game and was knocked out of the World Cup.

Virat Kohli and Aaron Finch posing with the 2019 World Cup
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Virat Kohli Biography Of IPL

Kohli was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore on a youth contract for $30,000 in March 2008. Kohli had a miserable first season scoring just 165 runs with an average of 15.00. The second season was slightly better as he scored 246 runs at 22.36.                     Virat Kohli Biography

In the 2011 season, Kohli was made the vice-captain of the franchise. After skipper Daniel Vettori retired, Kohli became the skipper of the team during the 2013 season. Personally he has been the team’s star batsman, but unfortunately he hasn’t been able to lead his team to the trophy even once.

Virat Kohli during his initial IPL days
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In the 2016 season, Kohli top scored with 973 runs at 81.08 and received the Orange Cap. During his biography launch, ‘Driven: The Virat Kohli Story’, Kohli announced that he would play for RCB permanently. Before the 2018 season, Kohli was retained for a price of Rs 17 crore.

Virat Kohli with the Orange Cap
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Virat Kohli Biography Of Records

  • Joint most consecutive 50+ scores in World Cup history with five such scores in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
  • First cricketer to be awarded the top three ICC awards (Cricketer of the year, Test cricketer of the year and ODI cricketer of the year) in a single year.
  • Fastest century by an Indian cricketer in ODIs (52 balls).
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Milestones

  • Fastest Indian to reach 1,000 runs in ODIs.
  • Fastest Indian and third fastest in the world to reach 5,000 runs in ODIs.
  • Fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to reach 6,000 and 7,000 runs in ODIs.
  • Fastest player in the world to reach 8,000, 9,000, 10,000 and 11,000 runs in ODIs.
  • Fastest Indian to reach 10 centuries in ODIs.
  • Fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to reach 15, 20 and 25 centuries in ODIs.
  • Fastest in the world to reach 30, 35 and 40 centuries in ODIs.
  • Second fastest in the world to reach 1,000 runs in T20Is.
  • Fastest in the world to reach 15,000 international runs.
  • Joint fastest batsman with Hashim Amla to reach 50 centuries across all forms of international cricket (348 innings).
  • Only batsman in history to average more than 50 in Tests, ODIs and T20Is simultaneously; also possesses the highest combined average across all formats among Test players who have played in at least two formats.
  • Highest historic rating points in the ICC rankings by an Indian batsman in Tests (937 points), ODIs (911 points) and T20Is (897 points) – achieved on 23 August 2018, 16 February 2018 and 7 September 2014 respectively.
  • Fastest batsman, in terms of innings, to score 17,000 runs in international cricket (363).
  • Fastest batsman, in terms of innings, to score 20,000 runs in international cricket (417).
  • Crossed 900 ratings points in the ICC rankings in both Tests and ODIs – one amongst five batsmen to have done so and only the second batsman after AB de Villiers to do it simultaneously.
  • First batsman to score 500 runs in a bilateral ODI series.
  • Fastest in the world to score 2,000 runs in terms of innings in T20Is (56).
  • First Indian cricketer to score three successive centuries in ODIs.
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Most runs in a calendar year / series

  • Most ODI runs in 2017 and 2018 by any cricketer.
  • Most Test runs in 2018 by any cricketer.
  • Most ODI runs in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016 by an Indian cricketer.
  • Most Test runs in 2012, 2015 and 2016 by an Indian cricketer.
  • Most combined international runs scored in a year by an Indian cricketer – 2818 international runs in 2017.
  • Most runs scored by an Indian cricketer in a three-match Test series – 610 runs against Sri Lanka in 2017.
  • Most runs in a bilateral ODI series by any cricketer – 558 runs against South Africa in 2018.
  • Most runs by an Indian batsman in a calendar year in overseas Tests – 1138 in 2018.
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Captaincy Records

  • Most consecutive wins in Test series (9) as a captain from 2015–2017 (equal with Ricky Ponting from 2005–2008).
  • 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.
  • First Indian Test captain to score a double century overseas.
  • First Indian Test captain to score two or more double centuries.
  • Fastest captain to score 1000 ODI runs.
  • First ever batsman to score double centuries in four consecutive Test series.
  • Fastest captain to score 2000 ODI runs.
  • First Indian captain to score a hundred and a duck in the same Test.
  • First captain to score 10 international hundreds in a calendar year.
  • Most Test centuries as a captain of India (12).
  • Most double centuries by a captain in Tests (6).
  • Most centuries (11) by a captain in a calendar year (2017).
  • Most runs as captain of India in Tests.
  • Most ODI centuries as a captain of India (13).
  • First Test captain to score centuries in each game of a three-match Test series.
  • Fastest captain to score 3000 ODI runs.
  • First captain to score three successive centuries in ODIs.
  • First Indian and Asian captain to win at least one Test in South Africa, England and Australia.
  • Fastest captain to score 9,000 runs in international cricket.
  • Fastest captain to score 4000 ODI runs.
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Virat Kohli Biography Of Awards

National Honours

  • 2013 – Arjuna Award
  • 2017 – Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award.
  • 2018 – Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
Virat Kohli receiving the Arjuna Award
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Virat Kohli receiving the Padma Shri Award
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Virat Kohli receiving the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
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Other Honours

  • Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) : 2017, 2018
  • ICC ODI Player of the Year: 2012, 2017, 2018
  • ICC Test Player of the Year : 2018
  • ICC ODI Team of the Year : 2012, 2014, 2016 (captain), 2017 (captain), 2018 (captain)
  • ICC Test Team of the Year : 2017 (captain), 2018 (captain)
  • Polly Umrigar Award for International Cricketer of the Year : 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
  • Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World : 2016, 2017, 2018
  • CEAT International Cricketer of the Year : 2011–12, 2013–14, 2018-19
  • Barmy Army – International Player of Year: 2017, 2018
Virat Kohli on the cover page of the Wisden Almanac
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