Virat Kohli biography

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Virat Kohli biography

Early Life

Virat Kohli was born on 5 November 1988 in Punjabi family in Delhi .
Father – Prem Kohli – Criminal Lawyer
Mother- Saroj Kohli – Housewife
School – Vishal Bharti Public School
Elder Siblings – Vikash(Brother) , Bhavna (Sister)

He once said“My father was my biggest support. He was the one who drove me to practice everyday. I miss his presence sometimes”

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At the age of 3 ,he picked up the cricket bat and was passionate about playing cricket. In his childhood , he was raised in Uttam Nagar , Delhi .

In 1998 , Kohil became part of West Delhi Cricket Academy just at the age of 9 .One of his neighbour suggested his father “Virat shouldn’t waste his time in gully cricket and instead join a professional club”

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Kohli trained at the academy under Rajkumar Sharma and also played matches at the Sumeet Dogra Academy at Vasundhara Enclave at the same time.In ninth class , he shifted to Savier Convent in Paschim Vihar to help his cricket practice.

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Kohli’s family lived in Meera Bagh until 2015 when they moved to Gurgaon.
Kohli’s father died on 18 December 2006 due to a stroke after being bed-ridden for a month.

Youth and domestic career

Under-15

Kohile first played for under-15  Delhi team in October 2002 in Polly Umrigar Trophy.He scored leading runs -172  for his team in that tournament.He later became captain for the 2003–04 Polly Umrigar Trophy and scored 390 runs in 5 innings(2 fifites , 2 centuries)

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Under-19

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(two hundreds and top-score of 251*).

In July 2006 , he got selected in Indian under 19 squad(England tour). He averaged 105 in the three-match ODI series against England.Kohli at the age of 18, made his first-class debut for Delhi against Tamil Nadu in November 2006, and scored 10 in his debut innings.

First class

In December 2006 , he decided to play for his team against Karnataka on the day after his father’s death and scored 90. On that day coach Chetan Chauhan lauded Kohli’s “attitude and determination.

His mother said”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.”

Twenty 20 debut

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.

Under-19 worlcup

In February–March 2008 , he was selected as captain for ICC Under 19 Cricket World cup, Malaysia. Batting at number 4, he scored 235 runs in 6 matches at an average of 47, and finished as the tournament’s third highest run-getter and one of the three batsmen to score a hundred in the tournament.

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After Under-19 World Cup , he was bought by IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore for $30,000. In June 2008, Kohli and his Under-19 teammates Pradeep Sangwan and Tanmay Srivastava were awarded the Border-Gavaskar scholarship.

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International career

 In August 2008, Kohli was included in the Indian ODI squad for tour of Sri Lanka and the Champions Trophy in Pakistan.. He made his international debut, at the age of 19, in the first ODI of the tour.
He was selected in the four-team Emerging Players Tournament held in July–August 2009,Australia. He opened the innings for India Emerging Players in that tournament and finished as the leading run-getter with 398 runs in seven matches.He scored 104 off 102 balls in the final. Kohli has called this tournament as the “turning point” of his career.

He batted at number 4 for India in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy because of an injury to Yuvraj Singh , Kohli scored an unbeaten 79 in India’s successful chase of 130 and won his first man of the match award.

Tendulkar rested in the tri-nation ODI tournament in Bangladesh in January 2010 after which Kohli played in each of India’s five matches.

Against Bangladesh, he scored 91 to help secure a win. In the next match against Sri Lanka, Kohli ended unbeaten on 71 to help India win the match with a bonus point having chased down their target of 214 within 33 overs. The next day, he scored his second ODI century, against Bangladesh, bringing up the mark with the winning runs.

He became only the third Indian batsman to score two ODI centuries before their 22nd birthday, after Tendulkar and Suresh Raina.

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In  May–June 2010 during the Zimbabwe series, Kohli became the fastest Indian batsman to reach 1,000 runs in ODI cricket.
He was also India’s leading run-scorer in ODIs in 2010, with 995 runs from 25 matches with three centuries.

Kohli played in every match of India’s successful World Cup 2011.He scored an unbeaten 100, his fifth ODI century, in the first match against Bangladesh and he became the first Indian batsman to score a century on World Cup debut.

 

Records and achievements

Fastest century

  • Fastest century by an Indian cricketer in ODIs (in 52 balls)

Milestones

  • Fastest Indian to reach 1,000 runs in ODIs
  • Fastest Indian and third fastest in the world to reach 4,000 runs in ODIs
  • Fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to reach 5,000 runs in ODIs
  • Fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to reach 6,000 runs in ODIs
  • Fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to reach 7,000 runs in ODIs
  • Fastest in the world to reach 8,000 runs in ODIs
  • Fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to reach 10 centuries in ODIs
  • Fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to reach 15 centuries in ODIs
  • Fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to reach 20 centuries in ODIs
  • Fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to reach 25 centuries in ODIs
  • Fastest in the world to reach 1,000 runs in T20Is
  • Leading T20I run scorer for India
  • Most centuries chasing (18) in ODIs

Most runs in a calendar year / series

  • Most ODI runs in 2010 by an Indian cricketer
  • Most ODI runs in 2011 by any cricketer
  • Most ODI runs in 2012 by an Indian cricketer
  • Most ODI runs in 2013 by an Indian cricketer
  • Most ODI runs in 2014 by an Indian cricketer
  • Most ODI runs in 2016 by an Indian cricketer
  • Most Test runs in 2012 by an Indian cricketer
  • Most Test runs in 2015 by an Indian cricketer
  • Most Test runs in 2016 by an Indian cricketer

 

Captaincy records

  • First cricketer to score three centuries in his first three innings as Test captain
  • First Indian Test captain to score a double century overseas
  • First Indian Test captain to score two or more double centuries
  • Fastest captain to score 1000 ODI runs

Awards

  • ICC ODI Player of the Year: 2012
  • ICC World ODI XI: 2012, 2014, 2016(also captain)
  • BCCI’s Polly Umrigar Award for international cricketer of the year: 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015-16
  • Padma Shri: 2017
  • Arjuna Award: 2013
  • CEAT International Cricketer of the Year: 2011–12, 2013–14
  • Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World 2016

Captaincy records

  • First cricketer to score three centuries in his first three innings as Test captain.
  • First Indian Test captain to score a double century overseas
  • First Indian Test captain to score two or more double centuries
  • Fastest captain to score 1000 ODI runs.

Commercial investments

In 2014, Kohli became a co-owner of Indian Super League club FC Goa.
Kohli also became a co-owner of the International Premier Tennis League franchise UAE Royals.
In 2015, Kohli invested ₹90 crore (US$14 million) to start a chain of gyms and fitness centres across the country. Launched under the name Chisel, the chain of gyms is jointly owned by Kohli, Chisel India and CSE (Cornerstone Sport and Entertainment), the agency which manages Kohli’s commercial interests.

Charity

In march 2013, Kohli started a charity foundation – Virat Kohli Foundation to help underprivileged kids and conducts events to raise funds for the charity.

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Note: This biography contains only early life , initial career and inspirational life journey of Virat Kohli.Thank a lot for reading.

 

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