“You need talent to be a good player. You need Virat Kohli’s attitude to be a great player,” – Sunil Gavaskar, former Indian cricket legend. Here we are starting the biography of Virat Kohli which includes all the details about him.
There are some whose consistent success is admired by all. And then, there are others, who are so successful and consistent that everyone is shocked if they fail even once. Virat Kohli belongs to another breed.
Seeing Sachin Tendulkar hang up his boots in 2013 was painful. But King Kohli’s rapid rise has eased the pain in no time. Both could be poles apart in their attitude (one epitomizes gentleness. The other, ) or in playing style, perhaps. But one thing (and the most important thing) they have in common is consistency. The cricketing world has rarely seen a player as consistent as Virat Kohli.
And what a matchwinner he is for India! Be it the 133* against Sri Lanka, famously known as the Hobart Storm, or the brilliant chase of 182 against Pakistan in the 2012 Asia Cup, Kohli has never failed to mesmerize us.
Life looks beautiful when Virat punches the ball through the covers. God knows how he bridges the gap each time. Here’s one, a treat for the eyes only.
Already excited to know about Mr. Consistent? Well, here is everything you need to know about Virat Kohli…
|full boat||Virat Kohli|
|date of birth||5 November 1988|
|native village||Delhi, India|
|parents||Prem and Saroj Kohli|
|ODI debut||18 August 2008|
|Test debut||20 June 2011 Vs. West Indies|
|ICC rankings||Test – 09One Day – 02T20I – 11|
|Batting style||Right handed|
|played for teams||India, Royal Challengers Bangalore|
Biography of Virat Kohli
Virat’s cricket journey began in the summer of 1998. Virat and his brother Vikas were taken to a cricket camp in West Delhi by their father Prem Kohli.
तो एक सामान्य उन्हाळ्याचा दिवस होता आणि पश्चिम दिल्ली क्रिकेट अकादमीचे प्रशिक्षक राजकुमार शर्मा यांना हे माहीत नव्हते की 250 हून अधिक मुले या तीव्र हवामानाचा सामना करतील.
आणि या 250 मुलांमध्ये एक तरुण विराट होता ज्याला राजकुमारची नजर फिरवायला जास्त वेळ लागला नाही. पण तुम्ही विचार कराल तसे नाही!
“मला आठवते की हा सुंदर गुबगुबीत, अतिशय खोडकर तरुण, जो दहा वर्षांचाही नव्हता, उत्साहाने नोंदणी करत होता” – ‘विराट- द मेकिंग ऑफ अ चॅम्पियन’ या पुस्तकातील एक उतारा वाचतो ज्यामध्ये प्रशिक्षक राजकुमार विराटबद्दलच्या त्यांच्या स्मृतींचे वर्णन करतात.
तिथल्या लॉटमध्ये विराट सर्वात तरुण होता. याचा अर्थ बाकीच्यांच्या बरोबरीने राहण्यासाठी त्याला खूप कष्ट करावे लागले. आणि त्याने केले. कोच शर्माच्या सावध नजरेखाली या किरकोळ तरुणाने ग्रील केले आणि कठोर परिश्रम केले. कदाचित, हे ‘अतिरिक्त’ प्रयत्न आधुनिक काळातील विराट कोहलीच्या पायाभरणीचे दगड असतील.
Virat played in a tournament led by Rajkumar which was held at the Delhi Development Authority Sports Complex ground in Hari Nagar. The tournament consisted of six games. Three league matches, quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.
Rajkumar Sharma remembers that Kohli was dismissed only once in the tournament. He was indeed the highest run-scorer in the tournament and was brilliant with his batting.
But more than this tournament, the most memorable moment of young Virat’s career came at the presentation ceremony when fast bowler Ashish Nehra awarded him the ‘Player of the Tournament’. Nehra was a superstar at the time, having just returned from the 2003 World Cup campaign.
This was just the beginning of his career. And how far has Virat gone since that incident? Well, on November 1, 2017, the world saw its answer when Ashish Nehra announced his retirement from international cricket during a T20I match against New Zealand under Virat Kohli. Phew! It will take a while for that to sink in!
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Virat Kohli’s Career
Virat made his List A debut on 18 February 2006, when he played for Delhi against Services. Although he did not come to bat in that innings, Delhi won the match comfortably by 233 runs. Virat has played more than 273 List A matches.
Kohli made his Ranji Trophy debut on 23 November 2006 against Tamil Nadu. The world saw the youngster’s determination and commitment to cricket in December when he decided to play for Delhi against Karnataka despite the death of his father the previous day. And despite this tragic incident, he scored a crucial 90 runs.
This incident turned Kohli’s life upside down. “He became a more mature person overnight. He took every match seriously. He hated being on the bench. It was as if his life depended entirely on cricket after that day,” his mother later revealed.
He went on to make his debut for the India Under-19 team on the English tour that year. This was followed by a tour of Pakistan, where he returned home with averages of 58 in Tests and 41.66 in ODIs.
The following season, he was part of the Gautam Gambhir-led Delhi team that won the Ranji Trophy in the 2007–08 season.
2008 Under-19 World Cup
After performing well in the U-19s as well as in the title-winning Delhi team, Virat was given the captain’s armband to lead India’s U-19 team in the 2008 U-19 World Cup in Malaysia.
And it turned out to be an important decision. Kohli led the youth team to a 12-run victory over England in the final.
On a personal front, he scored a total of 165 runs including a century against the West Indies in the group stage.
In the semi-final against New Zealand, with the team struggling at 40/2, he formed a crucial partnership with Srivats Goswami and scored a crucial knock of 43 runs. India will win this match by 3 wickets. Kohli has rightly been adjudged ‘Player of the Match’.
While Virat Kohli played well with U-19 Kiwi captain Kane Williamson, their paths will cross again after a decade at the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. And this time, Williamson had the last laugh…
Virat Kohli Debut
While Virat Kohli was playing the best cricket of his teenage life in Malaysia, a group of men sitting in the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai were watching his every move. It was the Indian Cricket Selection Committee headed by K Srikanth.
Srikanth and his men were looking to revive the famous but aging Indian batting line-up. The process gained momentum after the coronation of MS Dhoni as the captain of the team in 2008. In Kohli’s case, the selectors envisioned a reliable batsman who would hold the team’s fragile middle order together.
And with Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag injured, they wasted little time in bringing him on board. Virat made his debut on 18 August 2008 on the tour of Sri Lanka. He then scored 12 runs.
After a relatively dry spell of three matches, Kohli seized the opportunity with a match-winning or perhaps series-winning knock of 54 runs in the fourth game. India eventually won the series 3-2.
Even in the senior team, Kohli was making his mark. The award came as a result of his selection in the 4-team Emerging Players Tournament held in Australia between July and August 2009.
In the seven games he played, the 19-year-old scored 398 runs at an average of 66.33, making him the tournament’s highest run-scorer. Kohli also proved that he was the best batsman in the world at that moment.
Kohli identified the tournament as a “turning point” in his career. “It boosted my confidence tremendously. I just got stronger mentally. I have now learned to bat under pressure.
Since then, I just focus on my game and don’t think about anything else,” he said in a press conference in 2010.
Gautam Gambhir’s injury earned Kohli a lucky recall once again for the series against Sri Lanka. In subsequent tournaments including the 2009 Champions Trophy and the series against Australia.
Kohli scored his maiden century in the fourth ODI of the Sri Lanka series. His 224-run partnership with Gautam Gambhir earned Kohli the latter’s ‘Man of the Match’ award.
As his performances continued to rise over the next few years, Kohli began playing regularly for India. 2010 was a very shocking year for him. Virat ended the year with 995 runs at an average of 47.38 and became the highest run-scorer.
And it was an unprecedented feat for a 22-year-old who was still finding his place among the established bigwigs. The year 2010 was really crucial in securing Virat’s place in India’s starting XI.
Virat Kohli’s title ‘Chess Master Kohli’ is enough to describe his ODI career. Such god-level consistency is rare in the history of cricket.
Kohli has surpassed legends like Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara and Jacques Kallis in the list of most centuries by a batsman. He is very close to the record of 49 ODI centuries. Kohli currently has 43 ODI centuries to his name.
Just to reminisce, Kohli made his ODI debut on 18 August 2008 against Sri Lanka.
During the 2020 tour of Australia, Virat Kohli became the fastest cricketer to score 12,000 ODI runs, breaking Tendulkar’s record.
While there is a long debate about “Smith vs Kohli: Who is the best Test batsman of this generation”, there is one thing that never gets overlooked. No matter the format, Kohli is always the center of comparison. It’s either Kane Williamson vs Kohli or not Smith but Joe Root vs Kohli.
A similar effect has come upon this champion player “Virat Kohli”. Virat is fourth in the list of players with most double centuries in Test cricket, behind Bradman, Sangakkara and Brian Lara.
Kohli achieved 937 – the highest ever Test rating for any Indian batsman – against England on 22 August 2018. The second Indian in this list is Sunil Gavaskar with a rating of 917.
Kohli has a strong Test record with 26 centuries and 22 fifties in 82 matches.
Virat Kohli stepped down as Test captain on 15 January 2022, the day after India lost the Test series in South Africa. Virat is fourth in Test cricket with 40 wins in 68 matches as a captain. Of the other 28, 11 were draws and 17 were defeats.
Kohli made his T20 International debut in the first T20 match between Zimbabwe and India during Zimbabwe’s tour of India. To be specific about the date, it was 12 June 2010.
And Kohli makes a brilliant debut! He scored an unbeaten 26 off 21 balls and shared an unbeaten 64-run partnership with Yusuf Pathan.
If you look back at those days and compare to the Kohli of today, the situation has changed drastically. He is the captain of the Indian national team in all formats. He averages 50 in the T20I format itself!
On 6 December 2019, Kohli proved his dominance again by scoring an unbeaten 94 in the chase against the West Indies, his highest score in a T20I and helping India chase down a mammoth total of 207 runs. This was the highest run chase by the Men in Blue in a T20I.
Virat represents a breed of players who have been part of just one franchise since the inception of the IPL. You mind! This is a rare species. Joining Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008, Kohli is the face of the franchise.
Kohli was given the responsibility to lead the team in 2013 and has been at the helm ever since. There cannot be any tournament in which Kohli has not left his mark.
Kohli broke records in the 2016 IPL season. In that season he scored a whopping 973 runs with 4 centuries and 7 fifties! It is a very serious record.
David Warner is second in the list of highest run-scorers in an IPL season with 848 runs. Currently, Kohli is the only player to score 6000+ runs in IPL.
Virat Kohli Biography Starts – He was born in a Punjabi family in Delhi. Virat Kohli’s father Prem Kohli was a criminal lawyer and mother Saroj is a housewife. Virat has two elder siblings, a brother – Vikas and a sister – Bhavna.
When he was barely three years old, Virat started showing signs of a cricket career. His father noticed this talent and encouraged him. He took Kohli to the West Delhi Cricket Academy when he was just nine years old. Rajkumar Sharma was his first coach and knew from the start that the boy was destined for greatness.
Apart from cricket, Virat Kohli was also an excellent student in academics. His father unconditionally supported him to chase his dreams. Unfortunately, his father could not witness his great achievement.
Kohli’s father died of a stroke when he was just 19 years old. Even after that, Kohli took to the field on the very next day and played an important innings for his team in the ongoing Ranji tournament.
“I still remember the night my father passed away because it was the hardest time of my life. But the morning after my father’s death, the call to play came naturally to me. I called my (Delhi) coach in the morning. I said I want to play because it is a sin for me not to finish playing cricket. It was a moment that changed me as a person. The importance of this game in my life is very high,” Kohli told NDTV.
Wife of Virat Kohli
Cricket and Bollywood are a match made in heaven. And thus, it will not be surprising to know that the most successful man in the country, Virat Kohli is also married to popular actress Anushka Sharma.
The duo first shot on the sets of a commercial ad in 2013 and it was here that the spark flew.
Both the parties then visited each other’s workplaces. While Kohli was going to visit the set where Anushka was shooting, Anushka was seen cheering for Virat from the stands of the IPL games.
Reports of their affair were confirmed by Kohli himself, who kissed Anushka with his bat during a match in the stands.
Both have never spoken about it publicly. After dating for over four years, the two got married on 11 December 2017 in picturesque Florence, Italy.
It was a private ceremony with only close family members and friends. This celebrity couple is known by the nickname “Virushka”.
The Indian captain has credited his wife for the emotional strength and maturity he learned from her. Virat and Anushka are the most recognized and followed couple in the country.
In fact, big brands like Manyawar, Google Duo, etc. have created marketing campaigns with 2 stars along with many popular TV commercials.