Virat Kohli Biography


Virat Kohli, born on 5 November, 1988 in Delhi, is a famous Indian cricketer and currently considered as one of India's potential batsmen. He is a middle order batsman but can also open the batting order. Kohli can also bowl and is a right-arm medium pacer. Virat Kohli plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL). In 2008, he made his One Day International (ODI) debut and was part of the Indian team which won the 2011 World Cup. He played his first Test in 2011 against West Indies in Kingston and scored his first Test hundred in Adelaide in the 2011/12 India tour of Australia.

Personal Life

He is the son of Prem and Saroj Kohli and has an elder brother and sister, Vikash and Bhavna. He did his schooling from Vishal Bharti Public School and Saviour Convent Senior Secondary School


He came into spotlight after playing for Delhi against Karnataka in a Ranji Trophy match. Kohli, as Indian team's captain, led the team to victory in the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup held in Malaysia. He was highly praised for making several tactical bowling changes during the tournament. Kohli was the key factor in India's victory at the 2009 Emerging Players Tournament in Australia. His Indian Premier League performance has improved swiftly since the first season in 2008.

Virat Kohli made his debut in One Day International against Sri Lanka in the Idea Cup in 2008. He scored his first half century, 54 runs, in the 4th match and helped India win the series and its first one day series win against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. He played in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy and got a chance to play in the 4th ODI when Sri Lanka toured India in December 2009. He scored his first ODI century, making India win the series 3 - 1. In June 2010, Virat was declared vice-captain of India for the Tri-series against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, in Zimbabwe. He became the fastest Indian to score 1000 runs in ODI cricket in this series. In 2010, he was India's leading run-scorer with 995 runs, including 3 centuries from 25 matches with an average of 47.38.

Virat Kohli was chosen over Suresh Raina in the 2011 Cricket World Cup and became the first Indian to score a century in a World Cup debut. Between 1st January 2009 and 1st September 2011, he was India's second highest run-scorer in ODIs with 1,994 runs at an average of 47.47. Kohli attained his career's best second spot in the latest ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen after the end of the India-Sri Lanka series in August 2012. He was named 'ODI Cricketer of the Year' at the ICC annual award function in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

He was appointed as the vice-captain of the ODI team in 2012. Ever since then, he captained the team many times in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He was also handed-over the Test captaincy after Dhoni declared his retirement in 2014.

Records and Achievements

  • He has the fastest ODI century; is the fastest to 10 ODI centuries and 5,000 ODI runs
  • He is the second batsman in the world to have scored 1,000 or more ODI runs for four consecutive calendar years
  • He is the fastest batsman to score 1,000 runs, in which most runs are in a calendar year and most fifties in the format
  • He scored most runs in a single tournament, both the World Twenty20 and the IPL
  • He is the first Indian batsman to have scored two test double centuries as a captain
  • He is also the fastest Indian cricketer to reach 3,000 runs in ODIs
  • Virat scored 183 runs, the highest score by any batsman in ODI against Pakistan
  • He has most runs in a calendar year in ODIs for 2011
  • Virat was chosen ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year 2012, and ICC World ODI XI of the year 2012 and 2014
  • He is a recipient of the Arjuna Award, 2013
  • He was chosen CEAT International Cricketer of the Year, for years 2011-12 and 2013-14
  • BCCI's Polly Umrigar Award for international cricketer of the year went to Virat for the years 2011-12 and 2014-15.

Apart from these, Kohli has received many other awards like 'Man of the Match' awards in Test Cricket; 'Man of the Match' awards in ODI Cricket; 'Man of the Series' awards; 'Man of the Match' awards in T20 cricket, and many more.


Blogs about Virat Kohli
Kohli Captain Ruthless
Kohli- Conquering the unchartered :  The more you speak the more you admire the leader in Virat Kohli, he serves as the best example of the old expression “leading from the front”. The man has been scoring loads of runs ever since he took over the reins of Indian cricket team. Kohli has belted in centuries after centuries, breaking records after records, and time and again he steered India's ship across the winning shores with his unbelievable performances. Performances speak…
2016 Best Sporting Moments
#YearInReview: Best Sporting Moments of India in 2016 : As 2016 comes to an end, India can celebrate yet another year of sporting achievement. Its sportspersons have done the nation proud with some very inspiring performances and continue to stand up as role models for the younger generation. 2016 will also be remembered as a year when women outperformed men in many sports and took charge in holding up the Indian flag. Another positive fallout has been the recognition that various past and existing…
Indian cricketer Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli: The Wonder Boy of Indian Cricket : He is the younger generation’s role model; he plays astonishing cricket and has amazed fans with his success on field. He is Virat Kohli. The young cricketer from Delhi climbed the ladder of success quite fast, thanks to his commitment to the game. With aggressive batting and consistent knocks, the middle-order batsman has carved a niche for himself. As India take on Australia in the semi-final of the 2015 World Cup on Thursday, Kohli, the…
Asia Cup 2014 – How may India fare? : Following the less than satisfactory tour of New Zealand, where it made plenty of improvement as per MS Dhoni but still was unable to win a game, the Indian cricket team shall now be visiting Bangladesh for the Asia Cup, which shall be followed by the World T20. The obvious question on the minds of every Indian cricket fan will be how will the Indian team do well in the Asia Cup? Given how it…
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Who can break Sachin’s record? : The magnitude of the achievements of a sportsperson in a team game after he or she leaves the pursuit is measured by a couple of things like what will be the effect of his absence and also who will be able to match those accomplishments. As far as Sachin is concerned one thing can be said for sure that the team will miss the experience of someone who has played 780 innings in international cricket…
Last Updated on : November 4, 2016

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