Virat Kohli

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Virat Kohli
Kohli in 2023
Personal information
Born (1988-11-05) 5 November 1988 (age 35)
Delhi, India
NicknameChiku, King Kohli, Chase Master,[1] Run Machine
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)[2]
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleTop-order batter
RelationsAnushka Sharma (wife)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 269)20 June 2011 v West Indies
Last Test4 January 2024 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 175)18 August 2008 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI19 November 2023 v Australia
ODI shirt no.18
T20I debut (cap 31)12 June 2010 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I10 November 2022 v England
T20I shirt no.18
Domestic team information
2008–presentRoyal Challengers Bangalore
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I IPL
Matches 112 292 115 237
Runs scored 8,848 13,848 4,008 7,263
Batting average 49.38 58.67 52.73 37.25
100s/50s 29/30 50/72 1/37 7/50
Top score 254* 183 122* 113
Balls bowled 175 662 152 251
Wickets 0 5 4 4
Bowling average 136.00 51.00 92.00
5 wickets in innings 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0
Best bowling 1/13 1/13 2/25
Catches/stumpings 110/– 151 /– 50/– 107/–
Source: [1], 31 December 2023

Virat Kohli is an Indian cricketer who plays for India national cricket team. He was born in Delhi, India on November 5, 1988. Virat is the first player in ICC cricket history to win all 3 ICC awards in a single year- ICC , ODI player of the year, ICC Test player of the year and ICC Player of the year award in 2018. He is rated as one of the best batsmen in the world.[3][4][5]

Playing Style[change | change source]

Kohli's playing style is widely regarded as aggressive, a trait that extends to his leadership on the field. Kohli is known as a skilled batsman who plays with determination and energy. In one-day cricket, he usually bats at number three and stands with his chest slightly open and holds the bottom of his bat firmly. He's praised for his quick footwork, wide range of shots, and his talent for leading innings, especially in high-pressure situations. Instead of trying to hit big shots, Kohli prefers to play safe shots close to the ground. People admire his ability to make wrist shots and consistently perform well in the mid-wicket and cover areas. Kohli is known for his composed batting technique and versatility in his play. He scores runs between long-off and long-on with an aligned bat, while also possessing the ability to display a destructive streak. His combination of bat-speed and supple wrist movements enable him to craft innovative angles that disrupt traditional field positioning.[6]

However, Kohli has a known vulnerability to deliveries that are wide of the off-stump.[7] Bowlers often make use of this weakness by targeting him with such deliveries, especially in Test and ODl matches. This weakness has resulted in Kohli's dismissal on many occasions. Cricket experts such as VVS Laxman and former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar have acknowledged this weakness,[8] and former New Zealand cricketer Richard Hadlee has also noted that Kohli is particularly exposed to out-swinging deliveries.[9]

Career[change | change source]

Virat Kohli with then president of India Ram Nath Kovind

Virat Kohli first came into the limelight in 2008, when he led the Indian U-19 cricket team to victory in 2008 U-19 Cricket World Cup. He soon made his debut for the Indian team in August 2008, during a ODI match against Sri Lanka.[10] In 2013, Kohli reached the number one spot in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen for the first time.[11] Virat also became one of the valuable Indian captain in Test cricket with 40 test wins, 16 of which came overseas and gained highest winning percentage as captain in both Tests and ODIs. Kohli was ranked eighth in ESPN's list of world's most famous sportspeople in 2016.[12] Virat is the only current player to have a stand named after him in Delhi's Firoz Shah Kotla stadium to Honour his contributions to Indian cricket. Kohli won ICC Test Player of the Year and ICC ODI Player of the Year awards in 2018, becoming the first player to win both awards in the same year.[13]

Ranking[change | change source]

Virat Kohli plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL in India

Kohli is rated as one of India's best cricket captains in terms of wins and winning percentages. He is ranked the 4th best captain for India of all time. He is the highest run scorer in T20 cricket for all time,[14] the 5th best in ODI cricket[15] and 23th best in Test's for all time as of 2023.[16]

ICC Ranking
Ranking ODI Test T20
Rating 719 705 612
Position 8 13 14
Rating 911 937 897
Position 1 1 1
2008 2019
Match records(Win/Losses)
ODI Test T20
153 50 100 apporx






65/30 68/40 30/20
2020 - present
18/14 12/9[17] 7/2

Personal life[change | change source]

In 2013, Kohli established the "Virat Kohli Foundation" with a philanthropic objective to support underprivileged children. Kohli is committed to helping kids have a better future by using sports programs. He also uses his connections and partnerships to help people who are left out or don't have much in society.[18]

Virat Kohli with his Wife Anushka Sharma

He started dating Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in 2013. They got married on 11 December 2017 in Florence, Italy.[19][20] The couple had their first child, a daughter named Vamika born on 11 January 2021.[21]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Chase master Virat Kohli surpasses Sachin Tendulkar for this record". The Times of India. 9 October 2023.
  2. "See Who Is The Tallest Player In The Indian Team". Cricket Addictor. 8 January 2022. Archived from the original on 13 May 2021. Retrieved 6 January 2024.
  3. "ICC World Twenty20: Virat Kohli best batsman in the world, says Sunil Gavaskar". India Today. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  4. "Kohli is world's best batsman: Wasim Akram". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  5. "Kohli the best in the world: Waugh". Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  6. "The Kohli method". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2023-09-13.
  7. Gardner, Ben (2018-07-31). "Analysis: The evolving genius of Virat Kohli (and how to stop him)". Wisden. Retrieved 2023-09-13.
  8. Prabhu, Anuj Nitin (2021-09-01). ""Virat Kohli will need to work on his weakness outside off-stump"- VVS Laxman". Retrieved 2023-09-13.
  9. Dinakar, S. (2020-03-01). "Richard Hadlee: Southee is Kohli's weakness". Sportstar. Retrieved 2023-09-13.
  10. "Virat Kohli's debut in International Cricket". 2014-06-26. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  11. "Kohli becomes number-one ranked ODI batsman". Retrieved 2023-09-13.
  12. "ESPN's World Fame 100". ESPN. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  13. "Kohli clean sweep of three major ICC awards". Retrieved 2023-09-13.
  14. "T20I matches | Batting records | Most runs in career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2023-09-13.
  15. "Virat Kohli becomes fifth highest run scorer in ODI cricket". The Economic Times. 2023-01-15. ISSN 0013-0389. Retrieved 2023-09-13.
  16. "Test matches | Batting records | Most runs in career". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2023-09-13.
  17. "All-round records | Test matches | Cricinfo Statsguru |". Cricinfo. Retrieved 2023-06-04.
  18. "About Us – Virat Kohli Foundation". Retrieved 2023-09-13.
  19. "It's official: Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli are married". The Express Tribune. 11 December 2017. Archived from the original on 12 December 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  20. "Virat Kohli officially announces marriage to Anushka Sharma, Twitter goes berserk". Hindustan Times. 11 December 2017. Archived from the original on 12 December 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  21. "Virat Kohli Family: Parents, Siblings, Daughter, Wife – Meet the Kohli Clan". Retrieved 25 June 2023.

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