Virat Kohli has captained the victorious Indian Cricket Team at the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup that was held in Malaysia. In first class cricket he represented Delhi. He has also played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008 and 2009 Indian Premier League.
Early Life of Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli was born on 5th November 1988 in New Delhi. He belongs to Prem and Saroj Kohli. He has an elder brother, Vikash, and an elder sister, Bhavna. Virat Kohli attended school at Vishal Bharti and Savier Convent. His father, Prem Kohli worked as a lawyer and died in December 2006.
Early Career of Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli came into public attention when he played for Delhi in a Ranji trophy match against Karnataka. He scored 90 runs. He had scored 235 runs in six matches at an average of forty seven in 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia.
In the final against South Africa, Virat Kohli had scored a century and India won by 17 runs. He was the leading run scorer of the tournament. He played for Royal Challengers Bangalore at the 2008 Indian Premier League. He did not perform well and scored only 165 runs in 13 innings at an average of 15. However in the second season he improved by scoring 246 runs in 16 innings with an average of 22.36. In the third IPL season he scored 307 runs in 13 innings at an average of 27.90.
Virat Kohli in ODI
Virat Kohli made his debut in One Day Internationals against Sri Lanka in the Idea Cup in 2008. He opened the batting order and was out for 12 runs. However in the second match he made a crucial 37 which helped India win and level the series. In the fourth match he made a score of 54 in the fourth match which helped India win the series. Kohli played in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy and since mid-2009 has been the reserve ODI batsman.
Virat Kohli got a chance to play in the 4th ODI when Sri Lanka toured India in December 2009 in the absence of the injured Yuvraj Singh. He scored his first ODI century. He shared a 224 run partnership with Gautam Gambhir that led to India's victory.
Virat Kohli as a Vice Captain
Virat Kohli was the vice-captain of the Indian team for the Tri-series against Sri Lanka Cricket team and Zimbabwe Cricket team in June 2010 as all the other major players skipped the tournament. Virat Kohli became the fastest Indian to score 1000 runs in ODI cricket. In 2011 World cup he became the first Indian to score a century on World Cup debut by making 282 runs in 9 innings at an average of 35.25. He scored a century in the match against Bangladesh Cricket Team.
Virat Kohli as a Captain
Virat Kohli was appointed vice-captain of the ODI team in 2012. After that he was handed over the Test captaincy following the Test retirement of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 2014. In the month of January 2017, Virat became the limited-overs captain as well after MS Dhoni stepped down from the position. Virat Kohli holds numerous Indian batting records including the fastest ODI century, the fastest batsman to 5,000 ODI runs and the fastest to 10 ODI centuries. Virat is only the second batsman in the world to have scored 1,000 or more ODI runs for four consecutive years. He also holds the records of most runs in a single tournament of both the World Twenty20 and the IPL. He is the only batsman in the world to average more than 50 across all formats of international cricket.
Batting and Fielding Averages of Virat Kohli
Bowling Averages of Virat Kohli
IPL Career of Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli played for Royal Challengers Bangalore at the 2008 Indian Premier League and he was the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2014 season. In March 2008, Virat Kohli was bought on a youth contract by the Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore. In 2016 Indian premier League, the Royal Challengers finished runners-up and Virat Kohli broke the record for most runs in an IPL season (of 733 runs) by scoring 973 runs in 16 matches at an average of 81.08, winning the Orange Cap. Virat scored four centuries in the tournament, having never scored one in the Twenty20 format before the start of the season of IPL, and also became the first player to reach the 4000-run milestone in the IPL.
Batting Averages of Virat Kohli in Indian Premier League