Virat Kohli

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Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli as Man of the tournament.jpg
Virat Kohli posing after winning the Man of the tournament trophy in Dhaka.
Personal information
Full name Virat Kohli
Born (1988-11-05) 5 November 1988 (age 25)
Delhi, India
Nickname Cheeku
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm medium
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 269) 20 June 2011 v West Indies
Last Test 14 February 2014 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 175) 18 August 2008 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 05 March 2014 v Afghanistan
ODI shirt no. 18
T20I debut (cap 31) 12 June 2010 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I 6 April 2014 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006–present Delhi
2008–present Royal Challengers Bangalore
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 24 134 27 55
Runs scored 1,721 5,634 906 3,909
Batting average 46.51 52.16 45.30 51.43
100s/50s 6/9 19/30 0/8 13/17
Top score 119 183 78 197
Balls bowled 144 538 136 612
Wickets 0 4 3 3
Bowling average 135.5 61.00 108
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 0
Best bowling n/a 1/15 1/13 1/19
Catches/stumpings 27 62 13/– 53/–
Source: ESPNCricinfo, 27 January 2014

Virat Kohli (About this sound pronunciation ) (born 5 November 1988) is an Indian cricketer. A middle-order batsman, who can also bowl right arm medium pace,[1] Kohli captained the victorious Indian team at the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup held in Malaysia, and is the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in the Indian Premier League.[2] He also represents Delhi in first-class cricket and played for the West Delhi Cricket Academy.[3] In One Day International (ODI) cricket, Kohli holds the record for the fastest century by an Indian batsman,[4] and became the fastest to 17 hundreds in ODI by any batsman.[5] He is the fourth batsman in ODIs after Sourav Ganguly (1997-2000), Sachin Tendulkar (1996-98) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2007–09) to hit 1000 or more ODI runs in three or more consecutive calendar years.[5] He also holds the record for most centuries in chases, with 11 centuries, behind only Sachin Tendulkar. He is the first batsman to make five successive scores of 50 or more in ODIs on two separate occasions.[5]

Kohli made his ODI debut in 2008 and was part of the Indian team which won the 2011 World Cup. Despite being a regular in the ODI side, Kohli only played his first Test in 2011 against West Indies in Kingston. But on the disastrous 2011/12 India tour of Australia, in which India's senior batsmen struggled throughout, Kohli stood out, scoring his first Test hundred in Adelaide.[6]

Kohli was the recipient of the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2012.[7] SportsPro has rated him the 13th most marketable athlete in the world.[8] In October 2013, against Australia, Kohli smashed the fastest ODI century by an Indian, the seventh fastest ever.[9] In November 2013, he became the top ranked ODI batsman for the first time.[10] Kohli, also received the Man of the Tournament during the 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.[11]

Personal life

Virat Kohli was born on 5 November 1988 in Delhi to Prem and Saroj Kohli.[12] He has an elder brother, Vikash, and an elder sister, Bhavna.[13] Kohli attended school at Vishal Bharti and Savier Convent. His father, Prem, worked as a lawyer and died in December 2006.[12] He loves the Aston Martin, Ed Hardy shirts and is the only Indian cricketer with heavily tattooed arms (a Golden Dragon on his forearm is apparently for luck).

Early career

The West Delhi Cricket Academy was created in 1998 and Kohli was part of its first intake.[14] Kohli first came into the spotlight when he played for Delhi in a Ranji Trophy match against Karnataka on the day of his father's death. Choosing to stay and bat, he went on to score 90 runs. Mithun Manhas, the team's captain, remarked that "That is an act of great commitment to the team and his innings turned out to be crucial".[15]

Kohli captained the victorious Indian team at the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup held in Malaysia.[16] Batting at number 4, he scored 235 runs in 6 matches at an average of 47, including a century against the West Indies U-19s.[17] He was also commended for making several tactical bowling changes during the tournament.[18] His mother noted that "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."[12]

Kohli was instrumental in India's win of the 2009 Emerging Players Tournament in Australia. In the final against South Africa, Kohli scored a century and India went on to win the game by 17 runs. Kohli emerged as the leading run scorer of the tournament, aggregating 398 runs from seven matches including two centuries and two fifties.[19]

International career

Following a hundred in the Emerging Players Tournament in Australia in 2008, Kohli was selected in the ODI squad for India's tour of Sri Lanka in 2008.[20] Kohli made his debut in One Day Internationals against Sri Lanka in the Idea Cup in 2008 when both Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were injured. He opened the batting in the first match, and was dismissed for 12. But he made a crucial 37 in a low-scoring second match in the series, which helped India win and level the series. He made his first half-century, a score of 54, in the fourth match which helped India win the series. This was India's first ODI series win against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. He was included in the squad for the home ODI series against England later that same year but was not given a chance to play, due to the inclusion of Tendulkar and Sehwag in team. Kohli was then dropped from the squad for the five-match ODI series in Sri Lanka against Sri Lanka in January 2009.

Kohli played in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy after Yuvraj Singh was injured, and since mid-2009 has been the reserve ODI batsman. Yuvraj regained fitness for the home series against Australia, so Kohli only played in occasional matches in the series.

In the absence of the injured Yuvraj, Kohli got a chance to play in the 4th ODI when Sri Lanka toured India in December 2009. He scored his first ODI century, milking singles with Gautam Gambhir with whom he shared a 224-run partnership for the third wicket as India won by seven wickets to seal the series 3–1.

Senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar was rested for the tri-nations tournament in Bangladesh in January 2010 which enabled Kohli to play in each of India's five matches. After making nine in the opening loss to Sri Lanka, he top-scored with 91 to help secure a win after India collapsed early in their run chase against Bangladesh on 7 January 2010. He then ended unbeaten on 71 to help win the match for India with a bonus point after they chased down their target quickly. The next day, he scored his second ODI century, against Bangladesh, bringing up the mark with the winning runs. He was much praised for his performances during the tournament, and became only the third Indian to score two ODI centuries before their 22nd birthday, following the footsteps of Tendulkar and Suresh Raina.[21] However, in the final against Sri Lanka, he made only two as India collapsed to 5/60 and an eventual four-wicket defeat.

Kohli was named vice-captain of the ODI side for the tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe in June 2010 as all the other first-choice players skipped the tournament. In the same series, he became the fastest Indian to score 1,000 runs in ODI cricket.[22] He was India's leading run-scorer in 2010, with 995 runs from 25 matches at an average of 47.38 with three centuries.[23]

Kohli was included in the Indian squad for Zimbabwe T20I series in June-2010. Kohli made T20I debut in the first match where he played an impressive innings with Yusuf Pathan, when Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina were dismissed by Ray Price in the eighth over. Pathan and Kohli counterattacked and took India to an easy win in the 15th over. Since then, he has been a regular member in T20I matches for India.

2011 Cricket World Cup

Kohli was preferred over Raina for the 2011 World Cup and became the first Indian to score a century on World Cup debut. He also scored 59 against West Indies while sharing a 122-run patnership with Yuvraj Singh.[24] His 83-run partnership for the third wicket with Gautam Gambhir was instrumental in India taking the upper hand during their run chase against Sri Lanka in the final.[25] He made 282 runs in 9 innings at an average of 35.25.[26] Between 1 January 2009 and 1 September 2011, Kohli was India's second highest run-scorer in ODIs with 1,994 runs at an average of 47.47.[27]

Test debut

When India toured the West Indies in June and July 2011, they chose a largely inexperienced squad, resting Tendulkar and others such as Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag missing out due to injuries. Kohli was one of three uncapped players in the Test squad.[28] India won the Test series 1–0 but Kohli struggled on his debut in the format; he struggled with the short ball[29] amassing just 76 runs from five innings.[30] Particularly troublesome for Kohli was the fast bowling of Fidel Edwards, who dismissed him three times in the series.[31]

India tour of England in 2011

Initially dropped from the Test squad for India's four-match series against England in July and August, Kohli was recalled as cover for the injured Yuvraj Singh,[32] though did not play in the series.[33] He played in the subsequent ODI series, scoring 194 runs from five innings including a century,[34] although India lost the series 3–0.[35] In October, England faced India in a return ODI series in India. India won 5–0 and Kohli was the highest run-scorer on either side with 270 across five matches and a highest score of 112 not out.[36][37]

West Indies tour of India in 2011

In November–December 2011, the West Indies toured India for three Tests and five ODIs. Following his ODI success against England the previous month, Kohli was included in the Test squad ahead of Raina. In competition with Yuvraj Singh for the number six position,[38] it was not until the final match of the series that Kohli was selected in the team.[33] The match ended in a draw, and having won the first two Tests, India took the series 2–0; Kohli scored a pair of fifties in the match, passing his previous highest score of 30.[39] India won the subsequent ODI series 4–1 and Kohli managed 243 runs at an average of 60.75 with a highest score of 117.[40]

Australia Test series and CB series 2012

Kohli was included in India's squad for the tour of Australia in December 2011. After the first Test at Melbourne, he felt his position in the team was in jeopardy,[41] and during the second Test at Sydney, Kohli was fined half of his match fee for swearing at fans at the Sydney Cricket Ground who were insulting him.[42] In an interview after the incident, he remarked "Scoring eight hundreds in one-day internationals can't be a fluke. It's international cricket as well. I don't know why people have been questioning my technique or temperament so much. ... All of this is a learning curve for me. I am playing on difficult wickets, in Australia."[41] Kohli top scored in each of India's innings in the third Test at Perth, with 44 and 75,[43] and in the fourth and final match at Adelaide, Kohli scored his maiden Test century of 116 runs in the first innings; it was the only century scored by an Indian in the series.[44] India lost the series 4–0[45] and Kohli was the top scorer for India in the same series.[46]

India remained in Australia for the triangular ODI series, that followed the Tests; it was contested by Australia, Sri Lanka and India. Kohli was India's leading run-scorer in the series scoring 373 runs with two half centuries and a century – again, the only century scored by an Indian in the series.[47] Though India did not progress to the final,[48] the victory against Sri Lanka in India's last match kept them in contention until the final fixture of the group stage. Chasing 321 to win, Kohli came to the crease with India's score at 86/2 and went on to score 133 not out from 86 balls to take India to a comfortable win with 13 overs to spare. He was named Man of the Match for his effort, which included scoring 24 runs from an over by Lasith Malinga.[49]

2012 Asia Cup

He was named vice-captain of the ODI team for the 2012 Asia Cup in March.[50] He scored 183 off 148 balls against Pakistan in the fifth match of Asia Cup 2012, recording the joint-fourth highest score by an Indian in ODIs. Coming in at 0/1, he struck 22 fours and a six to take India to a record chase of 330. This is his highest score in ODIs and the highest individual score in the Asia Cup. Kohli's innings is the highest individual innings for a batsman against Pakistan in a ODI surpassing previous record by Brian Lara (156).[51][52]

New Zealand tour of India in 2012

Kohli made 212 runs in the two Test matches including a century and two half-centuries at an average of 106. In the second Test at Bangalore, Kohli scored his second Test century. He made 103 runs with 14 boundaries and one six in the first innings. In the second innings, he made 51* runs and was awarded Man of the Match.[53]

2013

2013 ICC Champions Trophy

Kohli was included in the 15-man squad for the tournament. He played in the warm-up match against Sri Lanka and scored 144 runs off 120 balls at a strike rate of 120 and led India to victory.

West Indies Triangular Series in 2013

Dhoni was injured in the first ODI of the triangular series so Kohli led the team in the rest of the ODIs. This was the first time Kohli became captain of the Indian Cricket Team.

Indian cricket team in Zimbabwe in 2013

Dhoni and other senior players were rested during Indian tour of Zimbabwe, so Kohli was given the honour to lead the team. India won the series 5-0. As captain of the team for a full series for the first time, Kohli scored 197 runs in five ODIs.

He smashed the fastest ODI century by an Indian and the seventh fastest ever against Australia at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in October, 2013. Kohli's century off 52 deliveries was the quickest by an India batsman - beating Virender Sehwag's hundred off 60 balls against New Zealand in Hamilton and the seventh fastest in ODIs.

Kohli's hundred is also the fastest against Australia in ODIs, beating Craig McMillan's 67-ball ton in Hamilton in 2007. It was the third fastest hundred in a chase, after Shahid Afridi's 45-ball century against India at Green Park in 2005 and Kevin O'Brien's 50-ball hundred against England in M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in the 2011 World Cup.

Kohli's 61-ball hundred at Nagpur against was India's third-fastest in ODIs. He came close to bettering Virender Sehwag's 60-ball hundred for the second time in 15 days. In the second match of this series, Kohli had broken India's record for the fastest-hundred in ODIs, which was previously held by Sehwag.

Kohli has taken 112 innings to hit 17 hundreds in ODIs, 58 fewer than Sourav Ganguly who was the fastest to 17 ODI hundreds before him. Saeed Anwar, the next quickest batsman to 17 ODI hundreds, took 177 innings.

Kohli scored his 11th hundred in chases and moved to second place, with Chris Gayle, in the list of batsmen with most centuries in chases. Sachin Tendulkar heads the list with 17 hundreds in chases.

All of Kohli's 11 hundreds in chases have resulted in wins. Only Tendulkar, with 14 hundreds in successful chases has a better record. Five of these hundreds for Kohli had came in chasing targets of 300 or more.

Kohli is the first batsman to make five successive scores of 50 or more in ODIs on two separate occasions. In his last five innings, he has scores of 68 not out, 61, 100 not out, 68 and 115 not out. Between February 28 and July 21, 2012, he had scored four centuries and a 66 in five consecutive innings.

Kohli scored 119 against South Africa was his fifth hundred in Tests and his highest score. Two of five tons came in away matches. Kohli had hit six centuries in international cricket equaling AB de Villiers and Shikhar Dhawan for the most by any batsman in 2013.

Kohli batted fluently in India's second innings to score his sixth hundred and save India the Test against New Zealand at Basin Reserve. This was his first Test century in the second innings.

In 2014 Asia Cup, he was named as captain of Indian team as Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was reported injured in the Basin Reserve Test.

Kohli scored 136 was his 12th hundred in successful chases in ODIs. The only batsman to score more centuries in successful chases is Sachin Tendulkar who had 14 such centuries. Out of 19th ODI hundreds, Kohli had scored 13 those come while chasing again only Tendulkar's 17 tons in chases are more than Kohli's. Kohli was playing his 124th ODI innings had taken 55 innings fewer than Chris Gayle, the previous batsman fastest to 19 ODI centuries.

Kohli scored his fifth ODI hundred in Bangladesh and his third against them. Kohli has scored 506 runs at 126.50 from six innings against the hosts. His five hundreds are the most by a batsman in ODIs in Bangladesh.

Kohli scored only five runs before he was caught behind off Umar Gul. In his last Asia Cup match against Pakistan. Kohli had scored 183 runs off 148 balls to chase down a target of 330. Excluding that match, from eight innings, Kohli has managed to score just 83 runs at 11.86 against Pakistan in ODIs.

IPL career

Kohli's record in Twenty20 matches[54]
  Matches Runs HS 100s 50s Avg.
T20I[54] 21 587 78* 0 4 34.52
IPL[55] 93 2273 99 0 14 31.56
CLT20[56] 15 424 84* 0 2 38.54
2008 Season

Kohli played for Royal Challengers Bangalore at the 2008 Indian Premier League.[57] He was bought for $30,000 before the first season in 2008.He scored 165 runs in 13 innings at an average of 15 and took 2 wickets with his bowls.He scored a total of four 6's and an 18 4's in that season.His highest score was 38.He had an average 15.00

2009 Season

He scored 246 runs in 16 innings with an average of 22.36 and took 9 catches and effected 2 run outs.He scored a total of eight 6's and twenty-two 4's .His highest score was a 50

2010 Season

In the third season, he scored 307 runs, including two half centuries, in 16 innings at an average of 27.90. In the fourth season of the IPL, he was the only player that Royal Challengers Bangalore retained, preferred over the likes of Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis and Ross Taylor.His highest score was 58.He scored a total of twenty-six 4's and 12 6's.

2011 Season

He scored 557 runs with an average of 46.61.He took two wickets that season.His highest score was 71.He scored a total of 55 4's and 16 6's. His highest score was 71 . He had 4 half centuries that season.He was top run scorer behind Chris Gayle.

2012 Season

The 2012 Indian Premier League followed in April and May and Kohli scored 364 runs fron 16 matches, with two half-centuries.[58] He scored 33 4's and 10 6's.His highest score was 73 not out.His average was 28.00

2013 Season

He was named the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team for the sixth season.[2] He led his team to fifth position in the league table. He scored 634 runs at an average of 45.28. He hit sixty-four 4's and 22 6's.

Batting career summary

Runs by year (ODI)

Year Match Run AVG. SR HS 100 50 4s 6s
2014 7 475 67.85 103.63 136 2 2 46 10
2013 34 1268 52.83 97.53 115* 4 7 137 20
2012 17 1026 68.40 93.78 183 5 3 92 5
2011 34 1381 47.62 85.56 117 4 8 127 7
2010 25 995 47.38 85.11 118 3 7 90 4
2009 10 325 54.16 84.41 107 1 2 36 3
2008 5 159 31.80 66.52 54 0 1 21 1

Source: [2]

Records and achievements

Fastest Century

  • Fastest Century (in 52 balls) by an Indian batsmen in ODI's against Australia in Jaipur on 16 October 2013[59]

Milestones

  • Fastest cricketer to reach 5000 runs in ODIs[60]
  • Fastest Indian cricketer to reach 1000 runs in ODIs[61]
  • Fastest Indian cricketer to reach 3000 runs in ODIs[62]
  • Fastest Indian cricketer to reach 4000 runs in ODIs[63]
  • Fastest cricketer to reach 10 centuries in ODIs[64]
  • Fastest cricketer to reach 15 centuries in ODIs[65]

Most runs in a calendar year

  • Most ODI runs by an Indian cricketer in 2010[66]
  • Most ODI runs by an Indian cricketer in 2011[67]
  • Most ODI runs by an Indian cricketer in 2012[68]
  • Most ODI runs by an Indian cricketer in 2013[69]
  • Most ODI runs in the calendar year 2011[70]
  • Most Test runs by an Indian cricketer in 2012[71]

Most centuries

  • Most ODI centuries in 2010 by an Indian cricketer[72]
  • Most ODI centuries in 2011 by an Indian cricketer[73]
  • Most ODI centuries in 2012[74]

Awards

  • ICC ODI Player of the Year 2012 [76]

Test Man of the Match

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1  New Zealand M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore 31 August - 3 September 2012 1st Innings: 103 (193 balls: 14x4 1x6)

2nd Innings: 51 (82 balls: 9x4)

Won[79]
2  South Africa New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 18–22 December 2013 1st Innings: 119 (181 balls: 18x4)

2nd Innings: 96 (193 balls: 9x4)

Drawn[80]

ODI Man of the Match

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1  West Indies Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg 30 September 2009 79* (104 balls: 9x4, 2x6) Won[81]
2  Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka 11 January 2010 102* (95 balls: 11x4); 1 Catch Won[82]
3  Australia APCA-VDCA Stadium, Vishakapatnam 20 October 2010 118 (121 balls: 11x4, 1x6) Won[83]
4  New Zealand Nehru Stadium, Guwahati, Guwahati 28 November 2010 105 (104 balls: 10x4) Won[84]
5  West Indies Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain 8 June 2011 81 (103 balls: 6x4, 1x6) Won[85]
6  England Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi 17 October 2011 112* (98 balls: 16x4); 5-0-18-0; 2 Catches Won[86]
7  Australia APCA-VDCA Stadium, Vishakapatnam 2 December 2011 117 (123 balls: 14x4) Won[87]
8  Sri Lanka Bellerive Oval, Hobart 28 February 2012 133* (86 balls: 16x4 2x6) Won[88]
9  Sri Lanka Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka 13 March 2012 108 (120 balls: 7x4); 2 Catches Won[89]
10  Pakistan Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka 18 March 2012 183 (148 balls: 22x4 1x6); 2 Catches Won[90]
11  Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota 21 July 2012 106 (113 balls: 9x4); 1 Catch Won[91]
12  Sri Lanka R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo 31 July 2012 128* (119 balls: 12x4 1x6); 2-0-7-0; 1 Catch Won[92]
13  England JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi 19 January 2013 77* (79 balls: 9x4 2x6); Won[93]
14  West Indies Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain 5 July 2013 102 (83 balls: 13x4, 2x6) Won[94]
15  Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club, Harare 24 July 2013 115 (108 balls: 13x4, 1x6) Won[95]
16  Australia Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur 30 October 2013 115* (66 balls: 18x4, 1x6); 2-0-15-0; 2 Catches Won[96]
17  West Indies Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi 21 November 2013 86 (84 balls: 9x4, 2x6) Won[97]
18  Bangladesh Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah 26 February 2014 136 (122 balls: 16x4, 2x6) Won[98]

Endorsements

Kohli has endorsements with the following brands:[99][100][101][102][103]

See also

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Preceded by
New award
ODI Player of the Year
2011
Succeeded by
Kumar Sangakkara