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Virat Kohli is an Indian cricketer and also the current captain of the Indian Cricket Test team as well as the India Captain on ODIs. He is a right-handed batsman and has been ranked 18 in ESPN's list of most famous athletes of 2016. He was the captain of India's U-19 team and the team won the 2008-09 World Cup under his leadership. He is a regular middle-order batsman and represents Delhi in first-class cricket. In the Indian team, he bats at number 3 position. In the Indian Premiere League (IPL), Virat Kohli plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and also is the team's captain since 2013. He is also the co-owner of the ISL team FC Goa and the IPTL franchise UAE Royals. Virat Kohli finds a place in the Forbes list of highest paid athletes in the world.
Born on 5 November, 1988, in Delhi in a Punjabi family, Virat Kohli's father Prem Kohli was a criminal lawyer whereas his mother Saroj Kohli is a housewife. Virat is the youngest of the three children - he has an elder brother Vikash Kohli and an elder sister Bhavna Kohli. Virat Kohli spent his childhood days in Uttam Nagar and he did his schooling from Vishal Bharti Public School in Delhi. He started his cricket practice in 1998 at the age of nine at West Delhi Cricket Academy. He later trained at the Rajkumar Sharma Academy and the Sumeet Dogra Academy at Vasundhara Enclave at the same time. He shifted to Savier Convent in Paschim Vihar when he was in the ninth grade to focus on his cricket. He was also good at studies and his teachers remember him as an alert and bright child.
Virat Kohli first played for the Delhi U-15 cricket team in October 2002 in the Polly Umrigar Trophy and was the top scorer for his team in the tournament scoring 172 runs with an average of 34.40. He became the captain of his team in the 2003 Polly Umrigar Trophy and scored 390 runs in fice innings, which included two centuries and two half-centuries at an average of 78. He was then selected for the Delhi in U-17 team for the 2002-03 Vijay Merchant Trophy in which he scored 470 runs in four matches at an average of 117.50. Virat Kohli scored two centuries and his top score was of 251*.
In the 2004-05 Vijay Merchant U-17 tournament, Virat Kohli became the highest scorer at 757 runs from seven matches, at an average of 84.11 and two centuries. He was selected for Delhi against Services but did not get to bat. He was then selected for the U-19 squad against England in 2006. Kohli made his First Class debut for Delhi against Tamil Nadu in November 2006 and scored 10 runs in his debut innings. He came into the spotlight in December when he decided to play for his team against Karnataka on the day of his father's death and scored 90 and went directly to the funeral after he was dismissed.
After this incident, according to Virat's mother, there was change in his commitment and determination and he became a more mature person and took every match seriously. He scored a total of 257 runs in that season at an average of 36.71. In March 2008, he led the Indian U-19 team at the 2008 U-19 World Cup held in Malaysia. He scored 235 runs in the tournament and the team won the World Cup. Following the U-19 World Cup, he was bought by the Indian Premiere League (IPL) franchise RCB for US$30,000.
In July 2008, he was also included in India's 30-man probable squad for the ICC Champions Trophy that was held in Pakistan. Kohli was selected in the ODI squad for India's tour of Sri Lanka. He made his debut in the match where both Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar were injured, and so Virat opened the batting in his first international match but scored only 12 runs. He made his first half century, scoring 54 in his fourth match of the series and helped India win the series. He was later included in the ODI series against England that year but he couldn't play since Tendulkar and Sehwag were back from the injury.
Virat played the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy after Yuvraj Singh was injured. On December 2009, Kohli scored his first century against Sri Lanka. He was made the Vice-Captain of the ODI side for the Tri-series between India, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe. In this series, he became the fastest Indian to score 1,000 runs in ODI cricket.
In the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, he was preferred over Suresh Raina. Virat Kohli became the first Indian to score a century in a World Cup debut. Between January 1, 2009 and 1 September 2011, Virat Kohli became India's second-highest run scorer in ODIs with 1,994 runs at an average of 47.47.
In July-August 2012, Virat Kohli struck two-half centuries in a five-match tour of Sri Lanka, scoring 106 off 113 balls and 128* off 119 balls. He was named the Player of the Series. He scored his Test century at Bangalore during New Zealand's tour of India and won his first Man of the Match award in Test cricket. For the first Test of the Australian tour in December 2014, Virat Kohli became the Captain of the test team for the first time, as Mahendra Singh Dhoni was suffering from an injury. As his Test debut as Captain, Virat Kohli scored 115 in the first innings, making him the fourth Indian to score a century in his debut as captain. In the second innings, chasing the target of 364, Kohli came to bat when the score was 57/2 and started batting aggressively, managing to put on 185 runs for the third wicket with Murali Vijay.
In the 2014 India tour of Australia, MS Dhoni announced his retirement following the third test in Melbourne following which, Virat Kohli was made the Test captain of India. Virat Kohli became the first cricketer to score three centuries in the first three innings as Test captain. He also became the first Indian test captain to score a double hundred overseas. Kohli also has a good record in his IPL career and he was made the captain of RCB in 2013 after Daniel Vettori's retirement. In IPL 2016, Virat Kohli broke the record of most runs in an IPL season and scored 973 runs in 16 matches with an average of 81.08, winning the orange cap. He scored four centuries in the tournament and became the first player to reach the 4000-run milestone.
Virat Kohli is in a relationship with popular Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma and supports her if she is trolled by his fans. The cricketer has also admitted that he is superstitious and wears wristbands on field and also the same pair of gloves through which he has been scoring. Virat Kohli has been a recipient of many awards and won the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012 and the BCCI International Cricketer of the Year for 2011-12 and 2014-15. In 2013, Virat Kohli was awarded the Arjuna Award in recognition of his achievements in international cricket. The cricketer is currently leading Team India for the Champions Trophy in England.
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Ankit Banerjee February 29, 2024 8:16 AM IST
Kohli is an Indian citizen and so is Anushka and hence 'Akaay' would be an Indian citizen and not British.
Ankit Banerjee February 27, 2024 9:33 AM IST
Kohli was spotted at a restaurant in London on Monday with his daughter. The two seemed to be having lunch.
Ankit Banerjee February 27, 2024 7:22 AM IST
Gavaskar reckoned that it is very much on the cards that he does not play the IPL.
Ananya Srivastava February 26, 2024 9:09 PM IST
A photo of 'new daddy' Virat Kohli has been going viral, with his daughter Vamika Kohli. The father-daughter are enjoying a breakfast together in London. See photo..
India.com Sports Desk February 26, 2024 2:16 PM IST
This is the first time since Kohli's debut that he missed the whole Test series at homesoil. Team India were with a lot of youngsters against England.
Koushik Paul February 26, 2024 11:27 AM IST
Ajay Bisaria served as Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan from 2017 to 2019. Post that, he served as Indian High Commissioner to Canada from 2020 to 2022.
Nikhil February 24, 2024 9:16 PM IST
Young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal has been the star attraction of the ongoing Test series between India and England.
Ankit Banerjee February 22, 2024 10:04 AM IST
Amir admitted that Kohli has a better cover-drive when compared to Babar. He also admitted that Rohit plays the pull-shot better than Mohammed Rizwan.
Nikhil February 21, 2024 6:41 PM IST
Rohit Sharma-led Indian cricket team is set to face Ben Stokes' England in 4th Test in Ranchi.
India.com Sports Desk February 21, 2024 3:01 PM IST
Babar Azam is currently playing in Pakistan Super League where he is leading Peshawar Zalmi.
India.com Entertainment Desk February 21, 2024 1:30 PM IST
Virat Kohli's Low-Key London Outing After Anushka Sharma Gives Birth to Son Akaay Kohli. See First Pic
Ananya Srivastava February 21, 2024 12:51 PM IST
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma announced the birth of their son 'Akaay'. It seems that the star kid is more popular than his parents because thousands of fan accounts have been made in his name already..
Ankit Banerjee February 21, 2024 8:24 AM IST
Young Sarfaraz made the most of his opportunity at Rajkot as he hit two fifties and in very quick time.
Koushik Paul February 21, 2024 7:00 AM IST
Yashasvi Jaiswal made all the headlines in recent times with two double hundreds against England in the ongoing Test series. He scored 209 (second Test) and 214 not out (third) in Visakhapatnam and Rajkot respectively.
Koushik Paul February 20, 2024 10:01 PM IST
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma welcomed their second child, a baby boy, whom they have named Akaay.
India.com Entertainment Desk February 20, 2024 8:54 PM IST
Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli on February 20, 2024, announced the birth of their second child. The couple revealed that they are blessed with a baby boy whom they named Akaay.
Koushik Paul February 20, 2024 4:55 PM IST
Yashasvi Jaiswal has already scored two hundreds in the ongoing Test series against England.
Ankit Banerjee February 20, 2024 10:19 AM IST
But, how much of it is true? To be honest, it is far from the truth as Kohli does not promote any such kind of product.
India.com Sports Desk February 19, 2024 4:20 PM IST
Naseem Shah bowled really well in his debut against India as he picked up KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav with figures of 4-0-27-2.
Ankit Banerjee February 19, 2024 10:52 AM IST
Jaiswal would need 147 runs to go past former India captain Virat Kohli to score most runs in a Test series for India in the 21st century.
Koushik Paul February 18, 2024 4:43 PM IST
Yashasvi Jaiswal made his India debut in August last year and since then there has been no looking back for the Mumbai youngster.
India.com Entertainment Desk February 17, 2024 5:05 PM IST
In January 2024, AB De Villiers also affirmed the second pregnancy of Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli. Now, another notable individual has suggested the couple's pregnancy.
India.com Sports Desk February 14, 2024 2:41 PM IST
India have lost one Test match against England out of two and now BCCI said that Virat Kohli won't be available for the remaining three Test matches against the Three Lions.
Ankit Banerjee February 14, 2024 11:32 AM IST
Ind vs Eng: No way are we trying to hint that Rohit is not a good captain. But Kohli's presence surely helps Rohit as well and the side would certainly miss that at Rajkot.
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