Virat Kohli: Biography
Cricket is considered to be the most popular and one of the important sports in India. And as an Indian, it is our favourite pass time to watch, analyse and enjoy both the game and its players. There is no doubt about that.While talking about the players, they are right now considered no less than any top notch celebrities in the whole wide world. With their huge fame and popularity, high source of income and a top class lifestyle,
The cricket players are currently ruling the world in multiple fields that you can think of.One among such popular cricketers from our own country is Virat Kohli.Virat Kohli is considered as one of the best cricketers and most consistent batsman in the modern world. Be it for his passion for cricket, his lifestyle, philanthropies, or his personal records, Kohli has been in the limelight for a long time. And why would he not? Apart from being a cricketer, there is much more to his story which I am sure you would obviously like to know about.So, let us read ahead.
Virat Kohli is an Indian cricket player, who plays for Delhi in domestic cricket platforms, represents the Indian National cricket team as a captain in the international stage, and captains Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL).He basically is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium bowler. Apart from that, he is also known to be a "sharp" fielder. Virat Kohli was the captain of India Under-19 and led the team to its victory at the Under-19 World Cup in 2008, Malaysia.
There onwards, he was appointed as the vice-captain of the ODI team in 2012, and as the captain in 2014 after Dhoni's test retirement. Gradually he became the limited-overs captain in 2017 after Dhoni stepped down. He was also appointed as the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore cricket team in Indian premier league in 2013, which he continues to assume.
Virat Kohli is considered to have a batting style that is naturally aggressive. With strong technical skills, he is known to possess the capacity to bat under pressure with a wide range of shots.He is praised for his confidence, commitment, focus and work ethics by his teammates, coaches and peers alike.Virat Kohli is sometimes considered to be the successor of Sachin Tendulkar, for having a similar batting style as him.
Even Sir Vivian Richards acknowledged his style of playing by reminiscing his own times.Brian Lara regarded Kohli as one of the best batsmen in the world, alongside England captain Joe Root, during ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour in New York.Due to his spectacular performance on field, Virat Kohli is popularly named as the 'run machine', 'chase master' and 'King Kohli' by his followers.
Date of birth of Virat Kohli was on 5th November of 1987, making him 32 years of age as of now. He is considered to be very fit and healthy. height of Virat kohli 5 feet 9 inches (that is 1.75 metres) in length. He loves working out and maintaining his outlook on and off field.
Virat Kohli with family:
Virat & Anushka
Virat Kohli was born in Delhi into a Hindu Punjabi family. His father late Prem Kohli was a criminal lawyer and his mother Saroj Kohli is a housewife. He has an older brother named Vikas, and an older sister named Bhavna.He started taking professional cricket training from an early age of nine.Kohli was also good at academics beside sports, which earned him praises from his teachers.
He was immensely praised for his dedication towards cricket during his father's death, because he decided to complete his match and then move forward for the funeral.Kohli started a relationship with the renowned actress Anushka Sharma in 2013. Prior to that, he was also known to have dated quite a few indigenous actresses and models, but none of them lasted long.
The couple eventually married in December 2017 in Italy. And they became parents to a baby girl in early January 2021, whom they named Vamika.Virat Kohli identifies himself as a vegetarian, and not a vegan, in order to deal with his health complexities and lead a healthy lifestyle.Kohli is also known for his contribution and involvement in several charities in and around the country. He started his own foundation in 2013 called the Virat Kohli Foundation (VKF), which aims to help underprivileged children and conduct events for the same.
He mentioned football to be his second favourite sport, and has invested in co-owning the Goa FC for Indian Super League.Apart from that, he has also co-owned teams from the "International Premier Tennis League" and "Pro Wrestling League."
He has also been a part of multiple endorsements in and around the world, promoting various brands and by being their brand ambassador. Some of them being— Puma, Audi, MRF, Tissot, Colgate-Palmolive, Manyavar, Fair and Lovely, Pepsi, Flying Machine, Boost Health Drink, Toyota, Nike, etc.
Even after having all the accomplishments and achievements in his name, Virat has been in the limelight for being "brash." The controversies generated due to the media portraying him as the perpetrator of any issue, since he is known to be quite aggressive on the field.
His favourite stadium is the Adelaide Oval in Australia.
He likes eating Sushi, Lamb Chops, Salmon, and green salads the most.
His hobbies include: Cooking, Playing, Travelling, Acting, Workout.
His favourite luxury car is Audi R8.
Some of his favourite sportspersons are MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, AB De Villiers, Roger Federer and Shane Warne.
His favourite Cricket Commentator is Harsha Bhogle.
Some of his favourite actors are Aamir Khan, Robert Downey Jr. and Johnny Depp.
And a few of his favourite actresses are Aishwarya Rai, Penelope Cruz, Katrina Kaif. Interesting to see that he didn't mention Anushka in it.
Some of his favourite movies are Iron Man, Southpaw, 3 Idiots, Border, and Rocky 4.
Some of his favourite TV shows are Narcos, Breaking Bad and Homeland.
His favourite Book is "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramhansa Yogananda.
Virat Kohli: Records
Virat Kohli is known to possess a huge spectrum of accomplishments, and his career statistics can prove that. He has been involved in both domestic and international cricket throughout his career. And we are equally hopeful about this positivity from him in the future times to come.He has scored a total runs of— 7490 in Test cricket matches, 12169 in ODI cricket matches, 3159 in T20 International matches and 9739 in first class cricket matches.
Virat has scored 70 centuries in international cricket till date, among which 27 centuries are from Test matches, and the other 43 centuries are from ODI matches.His top scores in the— Test cricket career is 254, ODI cricket career is 183, T20 International career is 94 and first class cricket career is 254.
He has bowled a total number of— 163 balls in Test cricket career, 641 balls in ODI cricket career, 146 balls in T20 International career and 631 balls in first class cricket career.
There are several records achieved by Virat Kohli in the domestic as well as in the international field. They are listed below.
He made his debut in International Test cricket on 20 June 2011 against West Indies at Kingston.
He is the only player in the world to have a batting average more than 50 in all the three formats of the game.
He is the fastest player in the world to reach 15000 international runs.
He is the fastest player in the world to score 17000 international runs (363 innings).
He has the most consecutive test series wins as a captain (9)
He is the first Indian captain to score two or more double centuries in Tests.
He has the most Test tons as Indian captain (12).
Virat Kohli: ODI & T20 Records
He made his debut in ODI cricket on 18 August 2008 against Sri Lanka at Dambulla.
He is the fastest Player in India to reach 1000 ODI runs.
He is the fastest Indian and the second fastest in the world to reach 6000 and 7000 runs in the ODIs.
He is the fastest player in India and the third fastest player in the world to reach 5000 ODI runs.
He is the fastest player in the world to reach 8000, 9000, and 10000 runs in ODIs respectively.
He is the fastest Indian and the second fastest in the world to hit 10, 15, 20, and 25 ODI tons.
He is the fastest Indian to score a century in ODIs (52 balls against Australia).
He is the fastest player in the world to hit 30 and 35 centuries in ODIs.
He is the first batsman in the world to score 500 runs in a single bilateral ODI series.
He is known to have the most ODI runs by an Indian cricketer in a calendar year (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018).
He is the first Indian player to hit 3 consecutive ODI centuries.
He has the most ODI tons as Indian captain (13).
He is the fastest captain in the world to score 1000 runs in ODIs.
He is the first Indian captain to score 3 consecutive centuries in ODIs.
He is the fastest captain in the world to score 4000 and 9000 ODI runs.
He made his debut in T20 International cricket on 20 June 2011 against West Indies at Kingston.
He ranked 1st for having most runs (3159)
He ranked 1st for having the Highest career batting average (52.65)
Ranked 1st for having Most fifties (28)
Ranked 1st for having Most boundaries (285)
Ranked 3rd for being Fastest to 1000 runs (27)
Ranked 2nd for being Fastest to 2000 runs (56)
Ranked 1st for having Most "player of the series" awards (7)
Virat Kohli: Awards & Honours
These are the various national and/or international awards and honours won by Virat Kohli over the years:
He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2013.
He was honoured with the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award in 2017.
He was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2018.
He was awarded with the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Men's Cricketer of the Decade) for 2011–2020.
He was awarded with the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) in 2017, and 2018 respectively.
He was titled the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012, 2017, and 2018 respectively.
He was titled the ICC Test Player of the Year in 2018.
He was titled with the ICC ODI Team of the Year in 2012, in 2014, in 2016 as a captain, in 2017 as a captain, 2018 as a captain, and in 2019 as a captain.
He was titled with the ICC Test Team of the Year in 2017 as a captain, in 2018 as a captain, and in 2019 as a captain.
He was titled as the ICC Spirit of Cricket in 2019.
He was titled as the ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Decade for the season 2011–2020.
He was awarded with the ICC Men's Test Team of the Decade for 2011–2020 as a captain.
He was titled with the ICC Men's ODI Team of the Decade for the season 2011–2020.
He was named the ICC Men's T20I Team of the Decade for the season 2011–2020.
He was awarded the Polly Umrigar Award for International Cricketer of the Year in the sessions: 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, and 2017–18 respectively.
He was titled the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 2016, 2017, and 2018 respectively.
He was titled the CEAT International Cricketer of the Year for the sessions: 2011–12, 2013–14, and 2018–19 respectively.
He was awarded the Barmy Army– International Player of Year in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
A stand at Arun Jaitley Stadium is named the Virat Kohli Stand on 12 September 2019.
He was awarded with the People's Choice Awards India For Favourite Sportsperson in 2012
He was titled as CNN-News18 Indian of the Year in 2017
The main intention behind writing this article was to let his fans and followers know about Virat Kohli from a closer point of view, with as many details as possible about his life, career, and everything else.Virat Kohli is not just a great cricketer but also has a heart made of gold. He reached all the way up in his ladder of success, purely with his hard work and passion.
That further makes him a great source of inspiration for his fans and the younger generation who love and aim to play cricket someday. His journey so far has been outstanding, and we would hope it to be like that in the upcoming times as well.
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