Virat Kohli Biography – India is the home to one of the greatest cricketing talents and Virat Kohli is the most ambitious and versatile amongst them. To reach the extraordinary expectations of his professional career, Kohli employed the sheer technical assiduousness of Sachin Tendulkar and the fitness level of MS Dhoni. A perfect accumulator of the two legends, Virat became the Indian Captain.
Virat Kohli is the most consistent batsman across all three formats of the game. He made jaw-dropping chases look easy to chase. Kohli is the Captain of the Indian National Cricket Team and the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise at the IPL. He plays for the Delhi Team in domestic cricket. A precocious Indian talent, he is fondly recognized for his exquisite cover drive
Virat Kohli made his debut in international cricket against Sri Lanka on 18th August 2008 at a bilateral ODI Series. His T-20 debut came against Zimbabwe in 2010 and his Test debut was against West Indies in 2011.
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Virat Kohli Cricketing Career & Personal Life
Virat Kohli was born on 5th November 1988 in Delhi to a Punjabi family. Virat’s father Prem Kohli is a criminal lawyer whereas his mother Saroj Kohli is a homemaker. Kohli started to pursue professional cricket at the very young age of 9. Kohli joined the West Delhi Cricket Academy after his neighbor’s witnessed his cricketing talent and urged his father to register him.
Virat Kohli was a bright and alert child in academics. To excel in his professional career, Kohli shifted to Saviour Convent in Paschim Vihar. Kohli was raised in the Uttam Nagar area of the National Capital Region.
Age: 33 Years
Weight: 62 kg
Alma Mater: Vishal Bharti Public School, Uttam Nagar
Saviour Convent High School, Paschim Vihar
Coach: Rajkumar Sharma
Virat Kohli Early Days
Virat Kohli played for the Sumeet Dogra Academy at Vasundhara Enclave. He performed brilliantly at the club matches and subsequently gained the limelight to enter Delhi’s U-15 team for Polly Umrigar Trophy in 2002-03. Kohli was the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 172 runs at a massive average of 34.40.
Kohli led the Delhi Team at the aforesaid mentioned championship and scored 390 runs in 5 matches with an average of 78 which led to his selection in Delhi’s U-17 team for the Vijay Merchant Trophy. Kohli was in tremendous form as he was the highest scorer in the tournament with 757 runs in 7 matches with an average of 84.
Virat Kohli Domestic Career
Kohli’s scintillating performance at the Vijay Merchant Trophy paved his way to initiate his List A debut. Kohli made his debut against Services in February 2008 but did not find an opportunity to bat. Kohli’s career breakthrough popped up with his inclusion in the Indian U-19 team on its tour to England and Pakistan.
Virat displayed an impressive performance as he averaged 109 in the ODI series and 49 in the Test series against England. At the bilateral series against Pakistan, Virat averaged 58 in Test and 41 in the ODI series. His form continued to flourish at Sri Lanka and Bangladesh series following which he was named as the Captain of the Indian U-19 Team for the World Cup in 2008.
Kohli led the Indian team to a victorious triumph at the U-19 World Cup in Malaysia. Batting at number 3, Virat scored 235 runs in 6 matches at an average of 47.
Kohli made his first-class debut against Tamil Nadu at the Ranji Trophy 2008. He failed to captivate on the Ranji opportunity as he scored only 10 runs. Kohli was perhaps selected for the next fixture against Karnataka. Kohli gained the spotlight when he decided to bat for Delhi on the day after his father’s death and went to score 90 runs.
Virat Kohli International Career
Virat Kohli’s marvelous performance at the U-19 World Cup helped him to earn a call in the national team. Injuries of regular top-order batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag set the stage for Virat Kohli’s debut in the Sri Lankan series. Kohli was dismissed on 12 runs in his debut match but went on to score 37, 25, 54, and 31 in the following matches of the series.
Due to his consistent performance, Virat earned a spot in India’s team for the home series against England but failed to feature due to the presence of Tendulkar and Sehwag. The injury of Yuvraj Singh helped Kohli to bat at the Champions Trophy in 2009. Kohli then played magnificent knocks at Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and New Zealand series.
His consistent performance against heavyweight teams led to his inclusion in the Indian World Cup Squad 2011. Virat was part of India’s every playing XI of every match in India’s triumph. Virat Kohli was also a crucial part of India’s Champions Trophy-winning team. He was named as the captain of the Indian Cricket Team after the step back of MS Dhoni.
Under Virat’s captaincy, India stood the Runners Up at the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. His Test captaincy is appreciated greatly as India stood the no. 1 team for two years and won the historic series at Australia and England.
Virat Kohli IPL Career
Virat Kohli was picked by the Royals Challengers Bangalore franchise on a youth contract in 2008 for $30 Thousand. Since then, RCB has shown faith in the young talent and retained him till now. Virat was the highest run-scorer at IPL 2016 where he set a record of scoring the highest runs by an individual batsman in a particular IPL season (983 runs).
Virat Kohli was declared as the Captain of the RCB franchise before the 2011 season. Under his wise captaincy, the franchise stood runners-up at the 2011 and 2016 seasons of IPL.
Teams Played For
- India A
- India U-19
- North Zone
- Rest of India
- India Blue
- India Red
- Oil and Natural Gas Corporation
- Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli Awards & Achievements
- Padma Shri
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award
- ICC Men’s ODI Player of the Year
- Arjuna Award
- Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy
Virat Kohli Wife
In the most popular Bollywood met Cricket tale, Virat Kohli married his longtime girlfriend and popular Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma at a private ceremony in Italy in 2018. Kohli and Sharma gave birth to their first child, Vamika in 2020. The two share a cordial bond and Anushka is seen traveling with the captain on abroad tours.
Virat Kohli Net Worth
Virat Kohli is the third richest cricketer in the world after Tendulkar and Ponting. Kohli is the highest-paid player at the IPL after RCB renewed his contract for Rs. 17 Crore for the 2021 season. Kohli is also a BCCI Grade A+ Contract and he earns a salary of Rs. 7 Crore. Apart from his professional career, Kohli earns a hefty amount of Monday through endorsements. He is the brand ambassador of MRF Tyre and other leading brands.
Kohli owns a luxurious bungalow in his hometown of Gurgaon and also has a penthouse in Mumbai. He is fond of cars and his collection includes an Audi R8, BMW 7 Series, Range Rover Vogue, and many more.
Interesting Facts about Virat Kohli
- Kohli has never been auctioned at IPL.
- Kohli is the first Indian batsman to score a century on their World Cup debut
- Kohli is the youngest player to win ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year.
- Kohli is the only bowler to claim a wicket on the 0th ball of his international career as Dhoni stumped Pietersen off Kohli’s wide ball.
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