Virat is rated as one of the finest batsmen on earth. He was named the run machine and is the quickest batsman in ODI cricket. Here’s a brief sneak peek of his biography and career achievements.
Full Name: Virat Kohli
Age: 33 years
Bat Style: Right-handed
Teams: India, India blue, India A, Asia XI, Board president’s XI, India Red, Rest of India, Royal challengers Bangalore, North zone, India under-19, Delhi, and Indians
Bowl Style: Right-arm medium
Virat was born in 1988 on 5th November, in Delhi, India. He is a right-handed-top-order batsman and is perceived as one of the greatest batsmen. Currently, he is the captain of the India national team. Now, he is playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. However, he has been captaining this team since 2013 to date.
Since October 2017, he has been listed as the greatest ODI batsman globally. Similarly, he is also placed second in the Test ranking with 886 points. He has the best Test rank of 937 points, an ODI rating of 911, and a T201 rating of 897 points. The average of all the three cricket formats makes him the best-ever batsman in India.
He has led India under-19s to clinch a win in the under -19 world cup, Malaysia, in 2008. After a few months, he debuted for ODI on 18th August 2008, versus Sri Lanka at Dambulla at age 19. The Test was on 20th June 2011, versus West Indies at Kingston. And the T201 on 12th June 2010 versus Zimbabwe at Harare.
Virat has had several records under his belt. In 2011 on his world cup debut, he became the first Indian to score a century. He is also the third Indian to make two ODI hundreds by the age of 22 after Suresh and Sachin. In Addition, he is also the fastest Indian to complete 1000, 3000, 4000, and 5000 runs in ODI cricket.
Kohli has also had success in the T201 format, clinching the man of the competition in 2014 and 2016. In 2014 when Mahendra retired, he was given the captaincy of the ODI team. As 2017 began, he became the limited-overs captain as Mahendra retired. He has the most significant number of centuries in runs in the world. He also possesses a record of 205 and 222 innings in ODI cricket.
Kohli has received several awards; here is a list of some of them –
- ICC Cricketer of the year in 2017, 2018-Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy
- ICC Test Player of the Year 2018
- ICC One Day International Player of the year 2012, 2017, and 2018
- Wisden Leading Cricketer in the world in 2018, 2017, and 2016
- Arjuna award in 2013
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, highest sporting honor in 2018
Note: Kohli is classified as the world’s most famous athlete by ESPN and the most respected athlete brand by Forbes. However, in 2018, he was named one of the 100 most famous people in the world.
He is a brand himself and one of the greatest of all time cricketers. According to his achievement, you can be sure more will come before he retires.