Virat Kohli is an Indian international cricketer and former captain of the India national cricket team. He plays for Delhi in domestic cricket and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League as a right-handed batsman. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Sri Lanka in August 2008 and scored his first century in that format against the same team three years later. In January 2013, Virat scored his first Test century against Australia. His most fruitful year came in 2014, when he was the leading run-scorer in both ODIs and Tests.
He holds several batting records, including the fastest ODI century, the fastest batsman to 5,000 ODI runs and the fastest to 10 ODI centuries. Virat is the only player to have scored more than 10,000 runs in ODIs and more than 1,000 runs in T20Is.
He was given the Arjuna Award by the President of India for his achievements in international cricket. And also was awarded with the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honor.
Virat has also been named as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and one of Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 lists.
Virat married Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in 2018. Off the field, Virat has endorsement deals with several brands including Adidas, Audi and Puma. He is also the co-owner of the Pro Kabaddi League team Bengaluru Bulls. He has been known as one of the best batsmen in the world and a role model by many cricket fans.
Early life and family
Virat Kohli was born on 5 November 1988 in Delhi to Prem and Saroj Kohli. His father was a criminal lawyer and his mother worked as a homemaker. Virat has an older brother, Vikas, and an older sister, Bhavna. Virat’s paternal grandfather, Krishan, was a first-class cricketer who played for Delhi in the 1950s. He attended Vishal Bharti Public School and Savio Convent Senior Secondary School. He later went to West Delhi Cricket Academy to train under Rajkumar Sharma.
Virat made his Ranji Trophy debut for Delhi in November 2006 against Tamil Nadu. In the Ranji Trophy in December 2009 against Karnataka he scored his first century . He finished the 2009–10 Ranji Trophy season as Delhi’s leading run-scorer with 640 runs at an average of 80.00.
However, he was once again Delhi’s leading run-scorer with 763 runs at an average of 85.88. He was also the leading run-scorer in the 2011–12 Ranji Trophy season with 952 runs at an average of 118.00.\
In January 2013, Virat was bought by the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. In his first IPL season, he scored 363 runs at an average of 36.30 and a strike rate of 136.50. Virat was the second-highest run-scorer for Royal Challengers Bangalore in that season behind Chris Gayle. In the 2014 IPL season, Virat was once again the second-highest run-scorer for his team with 504 runs at an average of 56.00. Virat was also the leading run-scorer in the 2015 IPL season with 539 runs at an average of 48.09.
Virat made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in August 2008 and scored 12 runs. He scored his first century in ODIs in December 2010 against Sri Lanka. He also holds the record for the fastest century in ODIs, scoring a century off just 52 balls against Australia in October 2013.
Virat is also the fastest batsman to reach 5,000 ODI runs and 10,000 ODI runs. In January 2013, Virat made his Test debut against Australia and scored 115 runs in that match. Virat has scored centuries in all Test-playing nations. Virat was the leading run-scorer in the 2016 Test series against West Indies, scoring 758 runs at an average of 125.33.
In 2017, Virat was named the captain of the India national cricket team across all formats. Under Virat’s captaincy, India won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy and the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Virat has also led India to victories in Test series against Australia, England and New Zealand. Virat has been awarded the man of the series award nine times in ODIs and four times in Tests. In January 2021, Virat became the first batsman to score a double century in an ODI match, scoring 200 not out against Sri Lanka. Virat is currently the captain of the Indian cricket team across all formats.
Records and achievements
Virat Kohli holds several records including the record for most runs in a calendar year in ODIs, most centuries in a calendar year in ODIs and most double centuries by a batsman in Test cricket.
He also holds the record for the fastest century in ODIs, fastest to 5,000 ODI runs and 10,000 ODI runs. Virat is only the second batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to score 1,000 Test runs in a calendar year on five occasions. He ranked eighth in Forbes magazine’s.