Virat Kohli's Career Stats
|Full Name:||Virat Kohli|
|Club:||Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)|
|Jersey No.:||#18 (India), #18 (RCB)||Role:||Batsman|
|Batting Style:||Right Handed Bat|
|Bowling Style:||Right-arm medium|
|Coach:||Raj Kumar Sharma|
|Test Debut:||20th June 2011 (WI)|
|ODI Debut:||18th August 2008 (SL)|
|T20I Debut:||12th June 2010 (ZIM)|
|Favourite Shot:||Cover Drive, Flick Shot|
Virat Kohli's Cricket Stats
A fearless cricketer who leads by example, Virat Kohli is an inspiration to many young professionals out there. He is the greatest limited over’s batsman of the current generation. A fierce cricketer, Virat Kohli wears a heart on his sleeve and isn’t someone who would hide his emotion on the cricket field.
He is aggressive, sharp, and has the hunger to succeed. Since becoming the captain of the Indian Cricket Team, Virat Kohli has led India to various titles, especially in Test Cricket format. Though, he has still to a lot to prove in the limited over’s format as India is yet to attain a single ICC Trophy under his leadership.
Virat Kohli is currently 31 years old and already achieved a lot in his career. If he stays fit and continues to play the same way he has been playing over the years, the Indian skipper might well become the greatest of all-time.
Virat Kohli's Domestic Cricket Career
Playing for Delhi’s under-15 team, Virat Kohli impressed in 2002-03 Polly Umrigar Trophy, scoring 172 runs at an average of 34.40. In the following season, he became the captain of Delhi’s under-15 side. He struck two centuries and two half-centuries.
Excellent performances in the under-15 level meant he was included in Delhi’s under-17 team for the Vijay Merchant Trophy. He wreaked havoc in season. Virat Kohli was the highest run-scorer with 757 runs in 7 matches at an average of 84.11, including two centuries the tournament. He scored 470 runs at an average of 117.50 in 2004-05 Vijay Merchant Trophy, which saw Delhi winning the title.
Looked as an upcoming star, Virat Kohli was then selected for India’s under-19 team which toured England in July 2006. In the three-match ODI series, he scored runs at an average of 105.
In November 2006, Virat Kohli made his Ranji Debut for Delhi while playing against Tamil Nadu. Virat Kohli was just 18 years old at that time.
Father’s Demise: In December, he was playing against Karnataka when he got to know that his father passed away.
In a four-day game, Virat Kohli was supposed to resume his batting the next day. However, his father passed away at around 2:30 in the morning as the Indian skipper went blank.
“I was playing a four day game at the time and was supposed to resume batting the next day when this (father passed) happened at 230 odd in the morning. We all woke up but had no idea what to do. I literally saw him breathe his last,” told Graham Bensinger in a freewheeling interview.
“We drove him to the hospital where unfortunately they could not help revive him. My family broke down but I could not cry and there was no emotion. I could not register what had happened and I was blank.
“I called my coach in the morning and told him what had happened and that I wanted to play because leaving a cricket match was not acceptable to me no matter what.
Kohli scored a crucial 90 in that game before going back to home for the funeral.
“Virat changed a bit after that day. Overnight he became a much more matured person. He took every match seriously. He hated being on the bench. It’s as if his life hinged totally on cricket after that day. Now, he looked like he was chasing his father’s dream which was his own too.”
Virat Kohli registered 257 runs in 6 matches at an average of 36.71 in the debut season.
# Leading India to Under-19 World Cup Title: Consistent performances at the under-19 level led him to become the captain of India for the 2008 under-19 World Cup. The skipper led by example and won India the title after beating South Africa in the final. Virat Kohli was the third-highest run-getter in the tournament, scoring 235 runs in 6 matches at an average of 47. He was one of the three players who hit a century in the tournament. His century off 74 balls against West Indies was called as the innings of the tournament. Kohli scored a crucial 43-run knock and took two wickets in the semi-final game against New Zealand, however, could only score 19 in the final.
Virat’s impressive performance in the under-19 World Cup saw him fetching a contract in the Indian Premier League. Royal Challengers Bangalore bought him for a $30,000.
Virat Kohli's International Cricket Career
2008 under-19 World Cup title opened the doors for Virat Kohli on all fronts. His first step in International cricket was during Sri Lankan tour 2008. At just 19 years of age, Virat Kohli made his debut for India against Sri Lanka. In the absence of both the openers, Virat Kohli was given the task to open the batting. In the fourth match of the series, he struck his first half-century. His scores in his first international series read: 19, 37, 25, and 31.
He couldn’t get an opportunity for a long time after that as the openers in Sachin and Virender Sehwag were back in the eleven.
Owing to Yuvraj Singh’s injury, Virat Kohli was included in the 2009 Champions Trophy. In the game against West Indies, Virat Kohli earned his first man of the match award, scoring 79 and helping India win the game.
Kohli first ODI century came against Australia in the seven-match ODI series. He was initially included in the side as a reserve player, however, reoccurrence of Yuvraj Singh’s injury meant Virat was once again included in the side. In the fourth ODI at the famous Eden Garden, Virat compiled a score of 107 runs off 111 balls.
Virat Kohli made rapid strides in international cricket as runs and matches start to come at a faster rate. In the 2010 tri-series between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, he was made the vice-captain of the side in the absence of first-choice players. Kohli scored 168 runs at an average of 42 and in the process also become the fastest Indian to score 1000 runs in international cricket.
Kohli enjoyed successful series against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and made his case stronger for a place in the 15-man squad in 2011 World Cup.
In the five-match ODI series against South Africa, Virat Kohli was the highest run-getter in the series, scoring 193 runs at an average of 48.25. As a result, Virat Kohli was selected in India’s 2011 World Cup squad.
# 2011 World Cup: Virat Kohli played in every game in the 2011 World Cup. In his first match of the World Cup, Virat Kohli scored a century against Bangladesh, becoming the first batsman to score a century in his World Cup debut. Though, he failed in his next four matches. In the final match of the World Cup, Virat Kohli shared a crucial 83-run partnership with Gautam Gambhir and laid the foundation for a fine finish by skipper Dhoni. Kohli scored 282 runs in 9 matches including one hundred.
Virat Kohli was the leading run-scorer in the five-match ODI series against England, scoring 270 runs in 5 matches, which include scores of 112 and 86.
# 2012 Asia Cup: In the 2012 Asia Cup, Virat Kohli was once again made the vice-captain of the side. He finished as the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 357 runs to his name, averaging 119. While India could not progress to the finals, the selectors were starting to look Virat as the future captaincy material.
# 2013 Champions Trophy: In June 2013, Kohli featured in the ICC Champions Trophy in England which India won. He scored a match-winning 144 against Sri Lanka in a warm-up match. He scored 34, 22, and 22 not out in India’s group matches against South Africa, West Indies, and Pakistan respectively, while India qualified for the semi-finals with an undefeated record.
Kohli made an unbeaten 58 in an eight wicket-victory in the semi-final game against Sri Lanka. In the final, Kohli was the top scorer in the match, scoring 43 off 34 balls and helped India post 129 in 20 overs. India went onto win the tournament as MS Dhoni became the first Indian captain to have won all ICC trophies.
Virat Kohli continued to compile runs and break records as he went about his cricket in the coming years.
# ICC 2014 T20 World Cup: Virat Kohli went hammer and tongs in the 2014 T20 World Cup. He finished the tournament as the leading run-getter with 319 runs in 6 matches at an average of 106.33. The Delhi batsman scored in almost every game and did everything to help India win the World Cup. However, the team faltered in the final match of the tournament. Virat top-scored in that game, scoring 77 as India reached 130-run in 20 overs. Sri Lanka chased down the total with easy, winning the game by 6 wickets.
# The Worst Phase In Virat Kohli’s Career: By his own admission, after enduring a poor run on England tour in 2014, Virat Kohli started to question his ability as a batsman. He averaged 13.40 in 10 innings with a top score of 39. James Anderson accounted for Kohli’s wicket for as many as 4 times as he got out for a single-digit on six occasions. India lost that series 3-1.
# Unexpected Test Captaincy: The 2014 Australia tour, MS Dhoni surprised the cricketing fraternity after announcing retirement from Test cricket after the third Test in Melbourne. As a result, Virat Kohli was made the full-time Test captain. In the fourth test at Sydney, Kohli scored 147 in the first innings. Kohli scored 692 in the Test series, most by any batsman in Test series in Australia.
# 2015 ICC World Cup: Virat Kohli exhibited an ordinary performance in the 2015 edition of the ICC World Cup. Kohli started the tournament rollickingly, scoring a century in the first match against Pakistan. This was followed by 46, 33*, 33, 44*, 38, 3, and 1. Virat Kohli failed to score in the knock out games as he scored 3 and 1 in the semi-final and final of the perennial tournament.
# From Seven to Number One Test Team: When Kohli was handed the Test captaincy, India were languishing at the seventh spot in the ICC Test rankings. However, things after that took a dramatic turn as under his leadership, a slew of victories followed with 2-1 away win against Sri Lanka, 3-0 thrashing against New Zealand. Soon, India became the number one test team and continued being at the top for more than 3 years and thereby beating MS Dhoni’s side record of being at the top between 2009 and 2011.
# 2017 Champions Trophy: For the first time in the history of ICC tournaments, Virat Kohli led Team India. He exhibited outstanding performances and helped India reach the final before losing to Pakistan by 180 runs in the most important game of the tournament. Kohli was once again exceptional with the bat and faltered when it mattered the most. In the semi-final match, he did score 96 against Bangladesh and also became the fastest batsman to score 8000 runs in ODIs.
# Fastest to 10,000 International Runs: On 24th October 2018, Virat Kohli became the fastest to score 10,000 runs in one-day internationals. The record was previously held by Sachin Tendulkar, who reached the landmark in 259 innings. Virat Kohli surpassed the master blaster after completing 10,000 one-day runs in 205 innings.
# 2019 World Cup: In April 2019, he was named the captain of India’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. On 16 June 2019, in India’s match against Pakistan, Kohli became the fastest batsman, in terms of innings, to score 11,000 runs in ODI cricket. He reached the landmark in his 222nd innings. Kohli scored five consecutive fifty-plus score in the tournament. India lost the semi-final against New Zealand, in which Kohli was out for just a run.
Virat Kohli's IPL Career
Following his impressive performance in the Under-19 World Cup, Virat Kohli was purchased by Royal Challengers Bangalore for $30,000. He scored 165 runs in 12 matches at an average of 15.00. He gave a better performance in the following season, where he accumulated 246 runs at an average of 22.36.
2010 edition saw Virat Kohli becoming the third-highest run-getter of the cash-rich league. He notched 307 runs in 16 matches at an average of 27.96.
Virat Kohli became the only retained player for RCB ahead of the 2011 season and was made the vice-captain of the team. He enjoyed another stellar season with the bat, scoring 557 runs in 16 matches, second-most in the tournament.
Virat Kohli was appointed as the skipper of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2013 edition of the tournament. While Kohli scores a hefty amount of runs, the team finished fifth in the points table. Perhaps, this had been the RCB’s case in all the season.
Virat Kohli’s performance as a captain came in the 2016th edition of the tournament. RCB finished as the runner’ up even as the Indian skipper wrote his name in the record books. He scored the most number of runs in the single edition of IPL. He scored 973 runs in 16 matches at an average of 81.08.
2019 edition saw him scoring 5000 runs in Indian Premier League, becoming only second cricket to do so after Suresh Raina.
Virat Kohli's Centuries
Virat Kohli ODI Centuries: The greatest limited over’s batsman of the current era, Virat Kohli has the second most number of centuries in One-Day cricket behind only Sachin Tendulkar. He has hit 43 centuries and 58 half-centuries in One-Day Internationals.
Virat Kohli Test Centuries: Though, in Test Cricket, he is at the 17th position in the list of most number of centuries. In 86 Tests, he has scored 27 centuries and 22 half-centuries.
Virat Kohli's Records
1. He is the first cricketer on the planet to be awarded the top three ICC awards (test cricketer of the year, ODI cricketer of the year, and Cricketer of the year) in the same year.
2. Holds the record for scoring the fastest century by an Indian player in ODI (52 balls).
3. Fastest player in the world to reach the 8000, 9000, and 10000 runs milestone in International cricket.
4. He is also the fastest player to reach the 35-century mark along with 15000 international runs.
5. The joint fastest player along with South African player Hashim Amla to reach the 50 centuries mark in the International cricket history.
6. He is also the only batsman in the history of cricket to carry an average of 50 in all the three formats of the game.
7. He is also an Indian with the highest rating points in all the three formats of the game in ICC rankings.
8. He is also the first batsman to score 500 runs in a bilateral series.
9. Won ICC cricketer of the year in 2017 and 2018.
10. Virat Kohli won the Polly Umrigar award in the year 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
Virat Kohli's Personal Life
Virat Kohli was born on 5th of November 1988 to his parents Prem Kohli a criminal lawyer, and Saroj Kohli a housewife, and the cricketer has two other older siblings in the family, Vikas, and Bhavna. He tied the knot with Anushka Sharma on 11th December 2017.
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Virat Kohli's Social Media
Virat Kohli boasts of a massive fan following on social media. The Indian Cricket Team skipper is the most followed cricketer on Instagram. Kohli has a strong social media game and was the only cricketer to feature in the Forbes highest-paid athletes’ 2020 list. To know about his number of followers on Instagram and other social media platforms. Click Here