It has been long that Virat Kohli has made his announcement in the field of international cricket. It all began with an ICC under-19 world cup tournament where a bunch of Indian youngsters took the world by a storm by a whirlwind performance clinching the trophy from nowhere. Virat Kohli was the leader of that pack. And eight years on, Virat Kohli has found himself at the helm of Indian cricket. His game has changed a lot, and he has become the most dependable person in the batting line-up. And on his 28th birthday, we look forward to present few unknown facts about the poster boy of Indian cricket.
10 Unknown Facts About Virat Kohli
- Much before making his arrival in the field of international cricket Virat Kohli showed the domestic circuit what Indian cricket could get in the future. It was in 2006; Delhi was scheduled to play a Ranji-trophy match against Karnataka and Kohli was to make his Ranji debut in that match. However, Virat had to face worst of the scenarios as his father passed on the same day. But keeping all that behind he came to the ground and scored a brilliant 90 to take his Ranji team to a good position in the match. This showed the integrity and the dedication which he had towards the sport. No wonder he finds himself in such a position at this moment.
- Virat Kohli’s first significant achievement came in the year 2008 when he saw his team through to a crucial victory in the under-19 world cup. He was the captain of that team. Later in 2009 Kohli once again made a vital contribution to the team’s cause when India won the Emerging Players’ tournament in Australia. Kohli top-scored in that tournament as his knocks included two big hundreds.
- Virat Kohli is a run machine, and just no one can deny that fact. He holds the record for the fastest to reach the 1000, 3000, 4000 and 5000 runs. To add to that he bagged the record of the fastest man to reach 7500 runs in ODIs against New Zealand in the currently culminated 5-match ODI series where India came on top with a scoreline of 3-2. Virat Kohli was also the top scorer among all the batters in both teams.
- Records tumbled when Kohli scored his second double hundred in the first test match against New Zealand at the Holkar Stadium in Kanpur. Kohli amassed 211runs in the first innings which is also his career best in test matches. The first time he scored a double hundred was earlier this year when India toured West Indies, and he scored a massive 200. Thus he became the first Indian test captain to record two double hundreds.
- Fastest 100 by an Indian Virat Kohli has a habit making it big against tough opponents. Australia definitely is one of the tougher opponents. And Kohli simply toyed with their bowling attack while chasing 360 on a batting friendly Jaipur pitch. He recorded the fastest century by an Indian as he reached the three-figure mark in just 52 balls which is also the seventh fastest in the world. India won the match comfortably thanks to Kohli’s blistering knock.
- When it comes to run chases, there is no substitute to Virat Kohli. He proved that yet again in the series against New Zealand where India lost way while chasing after his dismissal. Stats are also in his favour which shows that he has already scored 14 hundreds while chasing for India. On that front, he sits jointly on top of that list sharing it with none other than the great Sachin Tendulkar.
- Another huge achievement was his first hundred in the world cup. On the biggest stage of world cricket, Virat announced his arrival with a magnificent hundred against Bangladesh in the tournament opener in 2011. India lifted the world cup that year under the leadership[p Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kohli made important contributions to that.
- In domestic cricket as well Virat Kohli enjoys an unchallenged supremacy. In this year’s IPL Virat Kohli amassed a staggering 973 runs which are way ahead of all others. That 973 include 4 hundreds as well. Also, he is at the moment the highest run-getter in the history of the tournament with 4110 runs under his kitty. He also holds the record for the first man to reach 800 and 900-run mark in one season.
- One of the unknown facts about Virat Kohli is that he is only the fourth Indian batsman to get past the thousand run mark after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Mahendra Singh Dhoni consecutively for three years in one-day internationals. He also received the ICC ODI cricketer of the year award in 2012.
- Virat Kohli is second to none when he is on the field. Off the field also he has made some solid ground considering the fact that he maintains a great style statement. In 2012 he was named in the list of top 10 “well-dressed international” men. He also held the thirteenth spot when it came to the list of most marketable athletes across the world which also included the likes of Rory McIlroy, Neymar and Usain Bolt.
Virat Kohli is 28 years old now. He has lots of cricket left in him. And on this birthday we wish him a great future ahead. And hope that Kohli keeps on playing like this for the coming years.