Virat Kohli

Birth Name : Virat Kohli

Full Name : Virat Prem Kohli

Nickname : Kohli

Born : November 5, 1988 

Born Place : Delhi, India. 

Height : 5’ 9” (1.76 m)

Weight : 65 Kilos  

Currently Lives : India

Playing Role : Middle-order batsman 

Batting Style : Right-hand bat 

Bowling Style : Right-arm medium 

Player Type : Batsman, part time bowler  

Major Teams : India, Delhi, India Red, India Under-19s, Royal Challengers Bangalore 

About Virat Kohli

Who is Virat Kohli ?

Virat Kohli (also known by his nickname : - Kohli) is a professional cricketer in India. Virat Kohli was born in Delhi on 5 November 1988. He is an Indian International Cricketer. His Father Name is Prem Kohli and his father worked as a lawyer and died in December 2006. Kohli’s Mother named Saroj Kohli. He was the youngest of 3 kids. Vikash, Bhavna and Virat are the children.

He belongs to a straightforward family and was brought up by his parents within the normal environment. In Delhi, Virat Kohli family stays in the area of Uttam Nagar. He is a middle order batsman, who may open the batting also. He bowled right arm medium pace. At the 2008, Cricket World Cup of U/19 which was held in Malaysia.

Kohli was the captain of the victorious Indian Cricket team. In Delhi Kohli represents first-class cricket and also plays in the Indian Premier League for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He also played for Cricket Academy of the West Delhi. In 2008 Virat Kohli was made a part of winning team of India which won the World Cup 2011 and made debut in (ODI) One Day International. On the ODI side despite being a regular in 2008, In Kingston at 2011 Kohli only played his first against West. In Adelaide, Kohli stood out but on the disastrous 2011/12 India tour of Australia, he made the scores his first Test hundred in which India's senior batsmen struggled throughout.

Following the Australian tour, After the retirement of Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli is currently recognized in Tests. In 2012, Kohli was the recipient for the award of the ICC ODI Player of the Year.

Virat Kohli’s Early Year and Domestic Career :

Virat attended school at Vishal Bharti and Savier Convent. Little is known of Virat Kohli's personal life. In 1998 The West Delhi Cricket Academy was created and Virat Kohli was 1st admission a part of it. When he played for Delhi against Karnataka then he 1st came into the spotlight during The Match of Ranji Trophy on the day of his father's death. At that time he chose to stay and bat, he went on to score 91 runs.

Mithun Manhas, the team's captain, remarked that " That is a great commitment act for the team and his innings turned out to be important.". In 2008, Virat captained U/19 the victorious Indian team at Cricket World Cup held in Malaysia. He is batting at number 4 and made scores 236 runs at an average of 48, in 6 matches, including a century against the West Indies U 19s. He was also recommended for creating many tactical bowling changes throughout the tournament.

His mother noticed that Virat changed a bit after that day. Overnight he is in progress much more established people. He took each match ding dong. He hated from his existence on the bench. It's just as like his life totally hinge on cricket after that day." Kohli was auxiliary in Emerging Players Tournament for India's win in Australia in 2009. Kohli scored a century in the final against South Africa and India won the match by 18 runs. Kohli emerged as the leading run scorer of the tournament and aggregate scores 399 runs from 7 matches including two centuries and two fifties.  

Indian Premier League :

In year 2008 Virat Kohli played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. Before the first season in 2008 Kohli bought for $30,000. He did not perform well. He made scores only 167 runs against 15 innings at an average of 12 and he has taken only 2 wickets with his bowling.

He improved marginally in the 2nd season in year 2009 and made scores 246 runs against 16 innings with an average of 22.36. He has taken 9 catches and effecting 2 run outs. In year 2010 the third season, Kohli made scores 306 runs, including two half centuries against 12 innings at an average of 26.90. In the IPL’s fourth season, he was the only player that Royal Challengers Bangalore maintained, most popular over the likes of Jacques Kallis, Rahul Dravid and Ross Taylor.

Virat was the ordinal highest run getter within the tournament behind Chris Gayle. In year 2012 The Indian Premier League followed in April and May and Virat Kohli made scored 365·runs from 16·matches, with two half-centuries. 

Virat Kohli’s Cricinfo and International Career :

In 2008, In Australia, Following a hundred in the Emerging Players Tournament, Virat was selected for India's tour of Sri Lanka in the ODI squad. In 2008 in the Idea Cup when both Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were injured, Kohli made his debut against Sri Lanka in ODI (One Day International). In First match, he opened the batting, but was out for 13. But in the second match, he scored crucial 38 in a low scoring in the series, which helped India to win and maintained the level of the series. In the fourth match, he scored his first half century with a score of 55, which helped India to win the series.

Against Sri Lanka, this was India's first one day series win in Sri Lanka. Against England for the home ODI series, he was included in the squad later that same year but but did not give a chance to play due to the inclusion in the team of Sachin and Sehwag. Then In Sri Lanka, Kohli was dropped for the five-match ODI series from the squad against Sri Lanka in January 2009. 

In 2009, Yuvraj Singh was injured then Kohli played ICC Champions Trophy and for ODI batsman has been the reserve since mid-2009. Against Australia for the home series, Yuvraj regained fitness so in the series, Kohli only played with occasional matches. Sri Lanka toured India in the fourth ODI Series in December 2009 when Yuvraj's absence injured Kohli got a chance to play.

Virat milking singles with Gambhir and made his first ODI century they both shared a partnership for the third wicket of 225 runs as India won to seal the series 3-1 by seven wickets. In January 2010, for the tri-nations tournament, Sachin Tendulkar was rested in Bangladesh so each of India's five matches played by Kohli. The next day, Kohli made his second ODI (One Day International) century against Bangladesh, with the winning run him bringing up the mark.

During the tournament, he praised for his performances and before their 22nd birthday, he became only the third Indian to score two ODI centuries, following in the footsteps of Tendulkar and Suresh Raina.

However, Against Sri Lanka he scored only tree as India collapsed to 6/59 and an individual 4 wicket defeat. In June 2010, In Zimbabwe kohli named vice-captain for the Tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe of the ODI Side . In ODI cricket, he became the fastest Indian in the same series, to made the scored 1,001 runs. In 2010 Virat Kohli was India's leading run-scorer from 26·matches with 998·runs and also including his three centuries with an average of 48.38. 

2011 Cricket World Cup :

For the World Cup of 2011, Kohli was preferred over Raina and became the first Indian to make the score a Century on World Cup Debut. Against West Indies, he also made scores 60 while shared 123 runs with the partnership of Yuvraj Singh.

In the final, during their run chase his partnership with Gautam Gambhir for the third wicket was an instrumental in India taken the upper hand against Sri Lanka. In 9 Innings, he scored 281 runs with an average of 36.25. B/W 1·January 2009 and 1·September 2011. In ODIs, Kohli was India's second highest run-scorer with score 1,995·runs with an average of 48.47.  

2012 Asia Cup :

In March 2012, Virat Kohli was named vice-captain of the ODI team for Asia Cup. In the Fifth Match of Asia Cup, he made score 184 off 149 balls against Pakistan. In ODIs, he was the fourth highest scored by an Indian. To take India to a record chase of 330 he struck 23 fours and a six Coming in at 0/1. This is Virat’s highest scored in ODI (One Day Internationals) and the also highest individual scored in the Asia Cup.

Against Pakistan Kohli’s innings was highest innings in an ODI for a batsman the previous record of Brian Lara (157). In August 2012 in latest ICC Player Rankings, Kohli achieved his career-best second spot for ODI batsmen after five-match ODI series Conclusion of the India-Sri Lanka. At the ICC annual award function, Kohli was named ODI Cricketer on 15 September 2012 of the year in Colombo, Srilanka.

Virat Kohli’s Achievements and Awards :

  • Fastest Indian Cricketer to reach 1000 runs in ODIs.
  • Fastest Indian Cricketer to reach 3000 runs in ODIs.
  • In ODI, Kohli's made 184 runs is highest scored by any batsmen against Pakistan.
  • Most runs in a Calendar year in ODIs for 2011.
  • ICC ODI Cricketer of the year 2012.