|Full name||Virat Kohli|
5 November 1988 |
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Bowling style||Right arm medium|
|Test debut (cap 269)||20 June 2011 v West Indies|
|Last Test||7 August 2014 v England|
|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|
|2008–present||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|Source: ESPNCricinfo, 27 January 2014|
Virat Kohli ( pronunciation (help·info)) (born 5 November 1988) is an Indian cricketer. A middle-order batsman, who can also bowl right arm medium pace, 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. He also represents Delhi in first-class cricket and played for the West Delhi Cricket Academy. In One Day International (ODI) cricket, Kohli holds the record for the fastest century by an Indian batsman, and became the fastest to 17 hundreds in ODI by any batsman. 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. 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.
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.
Kohli was the recipient of the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2012. SportsPro has rated him the 2nd most marketable athlete in the world. In October 2013, against Australia, Kohli smashed the fastest ODI century by an Indian, the seventh fastest ever. In November 2013, he became the top ranked ODI batsman for the first time. Kohli, also received the Man of the Tournament during the 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.
- 1 Early and personal life
- 2 Career
- 3 International career
- 4 IPL career
- 5 Playing style
- 6 Batting career summary
- 7 Records and achievements
- 8 Awards
- 9 Endorsements
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Early and personal life
Virat Kohli was born on 5 November 1988 in Delhi to Prem and Saroj Kohli. He has an elder brother, Vikash, and an elder sister, Bhavna. Kohli attended school at Vishal Bharti and Savier Convent. His father, Prem, worked as a lawyer and died in December 2006. 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).
The West Delhi Cricket Academy was created in 1998 and Kohli was part of its first intake. Kohli first played for Delhi Under-15 team in October 2002 in the 2002-03 Polly Umrigar Trophy. He was the leading run-getter for his team in that tournament with 172 runs at an average of 34.40. He became the captain of the team for the 2003-04 Polly Umrigar Trophy and scored 390 runs in 5 innings at an average of 78 including two centuries and two fifties. In late-2004, he was selected in the Delhi Under-17 team for the 2003-04 Vijay Merchant Trophy. He scored 470 runs in four matches at an average of 117.50 with two hundreds and top-score of 251*. Delhi Under-17s won the 2004-05 Vijay Merchant Trophy in which Kohli finished as the highest run-scorer with 757 runs from 7 matches at an average of 84.11 with two centuries. In February 2006, he made his List A debut for Delhi against Services but did not get to bat.
In July 2006, Kohli was selected in the India Under-19 squad on its tour of England. He averaged 105 in the three-match ODI series against England Under-19 and 49 in the three-match Test series. India Under-19 went on to win both the series. After the conclusion of the tour, India Under-19 coach Lalchand Rajput was impressed with Kolhi and said, "Kohli showed strong technical skills against both pace and spin". In September, the India Under-19 team toured Pakistan. Kohli averaged 58 in the Test series and 41.66 in the ODI series against Pakistan Under-19s. In October, playing for Delhi Under-19s, he averaged 15 in the Vinoo Mankad Trophy and 72.66 in the Cooch Behar Trophy. He was then picked in the North Zone Under-19 squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy in which he averaged 28 in two matches.
Kohli made his first-class debut for Delhi against Tamil Nadu in November 2006, at the age of 18, and scored 10 in his debut innings. He came into the spotlight in December when he decided to play for his team against Karnataka on the day after his father's death and went on to score 90. Delhi captain Mithun Manhas said, "That is an act of great commitment to the team and his innings turned out to be crucial. Hats off to his attitude and determination." He scored a total of 257 runs from 6 matches at an average of 36.71 in that season. In April 2007, he made his Twenty20 debut and finished as the highest run-getter for his team in the Inter-State T20 Championship with 179 runs at an average of 35.80. In July-August 2007, the India Under-19 team toured Sri Lanka. In the triangular series against Sri Lanka Under-19s and Bangladesh Under-19s, Kohli was the second highest run-getter with 146 runs from 5 matches. In the two-match Test series that followed, he scored 244 runs at an average of 122 including a hundred and a fifty.
Kohli captained the victorious Indian team at the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup held in Malaysia. 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. He was also commended for making several tactical bowling changes during the tournament. 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."
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.
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. 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. 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. He was India's leading run-scorer in 2010, with 995 runs from 25 matches at an average of 47.38 with three centuries.
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. 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. He made 282 runs in 9 innings at an average of 35.25. 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.
- 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. India won the Test series 1–0 but Kohli struggled on his debut in the format; he struggled with the short ball amassing just 76 runs from five innings. Particularly troublesome for Kohli was the fast bowling of Fidel Edwards, who dismissed him three times in the series.
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, though did not play in the series. He played in the subsequent ODI series, scoring 194 runs from five innings including a century, although India lost the series 3–0. 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.
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, it was not until the final match of the series that Kohli was selected in the team. 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. 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.
- 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, 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. 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." Kohli top scored in each of India's innings in the third Test at Perth, with 44 and 75, 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. India lost the series 4–0 and Kohli was the top scorer for India in the same series.
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. Though India did not progress to the final, 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.
He was named vice-captain of the ODI team for the 2012 Asia Cup in March. 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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's record in Twenty20 matches|
- 2008 Season
Kohli played for Royal Challengers Bangalore at the 2008 Indian Premier League. 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. 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. 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.
Kohli is a naturally aggressive batsman with strong technical skills. He usually bats in the middle-order, but on many occasions, has opened the innings as well. He is known for his wide range of shots, ability to pace an innings and batting under pressure. He is strong through the mid-wicket and cover region. He is regarded as one of the best limited-overs batsmen in the world, especially while chasing. His teammates have praised his confidence, commitment, focus and work ethics. Dav Whatmore, who was the coach of India's Under-19 team during the 2008 Under-19 World Cup, described Kohli as a "very physical type of player" who likes to "impose himself on the game". Former India coach Gary Kirsten, who worked with the Indian team during Kohli's early years in international cricket, called him a "rare talent".
Kohli is often compared to Sachin Tendulkar, due to their similar style of batting, and many former cricketers expect Kohli to break Tendulkar's batting records. Former West Indies great Vivian Richards, who is regarded as the most destructive batsman in cricket, stated that Kohli reminds him of himself. Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe once wrote in a column for ESPNcricinfo that Kohli "exudes the intensity of Rahul Dravid, the audacity of Virender Sehwag, and the extraordinary range of Sachin".
Batting career summary
Runs by year (ODI)
Records and achievements
- Fastest Century (in 52 balls) by an Indian batsmen in ODI's against Australia in Jaipur on 16 October 2013
- Fastest cricketer to reach 5000 runs in ODIs in 114 inns level with Viv Richards. 
- Fastest Indian cricketer to reach 1000 runs in ODIs
- Fastest Indian cricketer to reach 3000 runs in ODIs
- Fastest Indian cricketer to reach 4000 runs in ODIs
- Fastest Indian cricketer to reach 10 centuries in ODIs and 2nd fastest overall. 
- Fastest cricketer to reach 15 centuries in ODIs
Most runs in a calendar year
- Most ODI runs by an Indian cricketer in 2010
- Most ODI runs by an Indian cricketer in 2011
- Most ODI runs by an Indian cricketer in 2012
- Most ODI runs by an Indian cricketer in 2013
- Most ODI runs in the calendar year 2011
- Most Test runs by an Indian cricketer in 2012
- Most ODI centuries in 2010 by an Indian cricketer
- Most ODI centuries in 2011 by an Indian cricketer
- Most ODI centuries in 2012
- Peoples Choice Awards for Favorite Sportsperson of the Year 2012
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)
|2||South Africa||New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg||18–22 December 2013||1st Innings: 119 (181 balls: 18x4)
2nd Innings: 96 (193 balls: 9x4)
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|
|2||Bangladesh||Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka||11 January 2010||102* (95 balls: 11x4); 1 Catch||Won|
|3||Australia||APCA-VDCA Stadium, Vishakapatnam||20 October 2010||118 (121 balls: 11x4, 1x6)||Won|
|4||New Zealand||Nehru Stadium, Guwahati, Guwahati||28 November 2010||105 (104 balls: 10x4)||Won|
|5||West Indies||Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain||8 June 2011||81 (103 balls: 6x4, 1x6)||Won|
|6||England||Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi||17 October 2011||112* (98 balls: 16x4); 5-0-18-0; 2 Catches||Won|
|7||West Indies||APCA-VDCA Stadium, Vishakapatnam||2 December 2011||117 (123 balls: 14x4)||Won|
|8||Sri Lanka||Bellerive Oval, Hobart||28 February 2012||133* (86 balls: 16x4 2x6)||Won|
|9||Sri Lanka||Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka||13 March 2012||108 (120 balls: 7x4); 2 Catches||Won|
|10||Pakistan||Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka||18 March 2012||183 (148 balls: 22x4 1x6); 2 Catches||Won|
|11||Sri Lanka||Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota||21 July 2012||106 (113 balls: 9x4); 1 Catch||Won|
|12||Sri Lanka||R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||31 July 2012||128* (119 balls: 12x4 1x6); 2-0-7-0; 1 Catch||Won|
|13||England||JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi||19 January 2013||77* (79 balls: 9x4 2x6);||Won|
|14||West Indies||Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain||5 July 2013||102 (83 balls: 13x4, 2x6)||Won|
|15||Zimbabwe||Harare Sports Club, Harare||24 July 2013||115 (108 balls: 13x4, 1x6)||Won|
|16||Australia||Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur||30 October 2013||115* (66 balls: 18x4, 1x6); 2-0-15-0; 2 Catches||Won|
|17||West Indies||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi||21 November 2013||86 (84 balls: 9x4, 2x6)||Won|
|18||Bangladesh||Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah||26 February 2014||136 (122 balls: 16x4, 2x6)||Won|
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