If you are a cricket fan, you surely would be a fan of Virat Kohli. Virat Kohli is a famous figure in the cricketing world and belongs to India. He was a former captain of the Indian cricket team and Royal challenger Bangalore, the cricket franchise team of IPL. He is a talented, legendary batsman who has shown his skill from time to time. He has outshined his name in the world of cricket by achieving so many milestones and records at a very young age and has won so many sporting honours and awards.
Early Life And Career
Virat Kohli was born in 1988 in Delhi, India. He started his cricket journey by being admitted to West Delhi Cricket Academy. Kohli took coaching for many years under several coaches, and finally, he played his first-ever professional cricket tournament in 2002 in the Delhi Under-15 team. After that, he played many games at a very young age, and he performed well in all the matches to get into first-class cricket.
He made his first-class debut when he was 18 against Tamil Nadu. Unfortunately, he faced one of the saddest moments of his life when his dad died while he was playing one of the first-class matches. He then went to scoring ninety runs the next day of the match. After that came his first major break when he was selected in the Indian Under 19 team to go and play U 19 world cup, he captained the young Indian team to win the world cup, where he came into the spotlight of the cricketing world.
After showing great performance in U-19 tournaments, he was soon picked up by the IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore for $30 000 on a youth contract. He also captained RCB for eight years, but RCB couldn’t win any trophy. The first two seasons of IPL were not that good for Virat Kohli, but then in the third season, he showed his potential by finishing the third-highest run-scorer of the tournament. Thus since then, he kept on increasing his skill and performed well in following IPL and is one of the most successful batsmen players in the IPL.
In 2016 he made all-time high 973 runs in a single IPL season, a record for any batsman. So far, he is the only batsman to cross the 6000 total runs in IPL history. He has played 207 IPL matches and has scored over 6200 runs with an average of 37.49, including five centuries and 42 half-centuries. As you know, despite his performance RCB team was unable to win a trophy even once, so following the IPL 2022, he decided to step down as captain of RCB.
More About His Limited Overs Career
Virat Kohli has very strong skills and is a technical batsman and usually bats at number three for his team. He is considered the best batsman of limited over in cricketing history. He has set many records in ODI cricket and is one of the youngest batsmen to reach the ten thousand runs milestone. He has been the number one player in ODI, Test, and T-20 cricket. He was also the key player of the Indian team when they won the World Cup in 2011. From a young talented player, he then went on to captain India in the next two world cups in 2015 and 2019. He has a very outstanding career in cricket despite many falls in his career in the past.
About His Personal Life
Virat Kohli married the famous Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma in 2017. Besides his career, he is also considered an intelligent businessman as he has been successful in creating several great brands and turning his investment into profitable businesses. Now, if you want to talk about the awards and honours he got during his career, then the list can be too long to discuss in one go, as he has been awarded Arjuna Award, Padma Shri, and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. These are all India’s highest honours. He has also been named ICC ODI player in 2014,2012, 2017, and 2018. In addition, he has won so many awards, such as ICC player of the decade, team of the decade, the spirit of the decade, and so on.
Thus, you can get the idea by looking at these awards that he is a phenomenal player who has helped his country win so many tournaments and matches with his excellence. He also has opened several NGOs with the help of his foundation which works for underprivileged children. Thus he is quite active and believes in Philanthropy work too.