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Know your Cricketer: Virat Kohli, King Kohli

Virat Kohli, the Indian International Cricketer, is renowned for his confident and unwavering demeanor. He proudly represents the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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  Personal Information
  Full Name Virat Kohli
  Date of Birth November 5th, 1988
  Current Team(s) Indian Cricket TeamIndian Cricket Team
RRoyal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
  Role Batter
  Batting Style Right Hand Bat
  Bowling Style Right Arm Medium
  Debut August 18th, 2008
  Jersey No. 18
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Virat Kohli, a name that resonates with excellence and determination, is one of the most accomplished cricketers of our time. Born on 5th November 1988 in Delhi, India, Kohli's journey from a young boy with a passion for cricket to the captain of the Indian cricket team has been nothing short of remarkable. In this article, we will take a deep dive into the life and career of Virat Kohli, exploring the key milestones that have shaped him into the cricket legend he is today.

Early Life and Introduction to Cricket
Virat Kohli was born into a Punjabi Khatri Hindu Family to Prem Kohli, a Criminal Lawyer, and Saroj Kohli, a housewife. From a very young age, Kohli showed a natural inclination towards cricket. At the tender age of 3, he would grab a bat and ask his father to throw him the ball. Recognizing his son's passion, Kohli's father enrolled him in the West Delhi Cricket Academy (WDCA) at the age of 9. Under the guidance of coach Rajkumar Sharma, Kohli's talent began to shine.

Rising through the Ranks
Kohli's journey through the ranks of Delhi cricket was not without its challenges. Despite his talent, he faced initial setbacks, including being overlooked for the U-14 Delhi Team due to extraneous factors. However, Kohli's father, Prem Kohli, believed in his son's abilities and chose not to succumb to the prevailing nepotism in the system. Instead, he encouraged Kohli to earn his recognition on his own. Following his father's advice, Kohli persevered and eventually found his place in the U-15 Delhi Team.

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Stepping into the Professional Arena
Kohli's talent continued to flourish as he received training at the academy while participating in matches at the Sumeet Dogra Academy. In February 2006, he made his List A debut for Delhi against Services, marking the beginning of his professional career. Later that year, he made his first-class debut against Tamil Nadu. Despite the challenges he faced off the field, Kohli's determination and commitment to the game propelled him forward.

Personal Tragedy and Resilience
In December 2006, tragedy struck when Kohli lost his father. His father had played a crucial role in his childhood training, and his untimely demise had a profound impact on Kohli and his family. However, instead of letting grief consume him, Kohli channeled his emotions into his game. He became even more focused and dedicated, taking every match seriously. His mother witnessed a significant transformation in him, and Kohli's performances on the field reflected his newfound determination.

Emerging as a Youth Sensation
Kohli's talent and hard work did not go unnoticed, and he quickly made his mark in the youth cricket circuit. In 2002, he played for the Polly Umrigar Trophy and emerged as the lead scorer of the team. The following year, he was elected as the captain of the team and continued to impress with his batting prowess. In 2004-05, Kohli was selected for the Under-17 Vijay Merchant Trophy, where he became the top scorer and led his team to victory.

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U-19 Success and International Debut
Kohli's exceptional performances at the youth level caught the attention of selectors, and in 2006, he was selected for the U-19 squad for the England Tour. His strong technical skills against both pace and spin impressed the coach, Lalchand Rajput. Subsequently, he toured Pakistan with the U-19 team and continued to showcase his talent.

In 2008, at the age of 19, Kohli made his international debut for the Indian cricket team. His selection came as a surprise to many, given his limited experience. However, Kohli seized the opportunity and made his mark on the international stage.

Early International Success
Kohli's early international career was marked by consistent performances and a hunger for success. In his debut series against Sri Lanka, he was given the opportunity to open the batting due to injuries to senior players. Although he didn't make a big impact in the first match, he scored his maiden ODI half-century in the fourth match of the series. This was just the beginning of his meteoric rise.

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Over the next few years, Kohli continued to impress with his batting prowess. He scored his maiden ODI century in 2009 against Sri Lanka and became the third Indian player to score two ODI centuries before the age of 22. His batting skills and humble demeanor earned him respect from teammates and opponents alike.

IPL Journey
In addition to his international success, Kohli has also made a significant impact in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2008 and has been an integral part of the team ever since. Kohli's IPL career has been nothing short of spectacular, with numerous records and accolades to his name.

From 2013 to 2021, Kohli captained the RCB team, although they were unable to secure an IPL title during his tenure. However, Kohli's individual performances have been outstanding, with over 7000 runs to his name. In the 2016 season, he scored a staggering 973 runs, earning him the title of the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

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Achievements and Legacy
Throughout his career, Kohli has amassed numerous achievements and records. He has been consistently ranked among the top batsmen in the world and has received numerous awards for his performances. He was awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2017 and has been named ICC ODI Player of the Year multiple times.

Kohli's aggressive yet elegant batting style, combined with his unwavering determination, has inspired a generation of young cricketers. He has set new benchmarks for consistency and has redefined the art of chasing targets in limited-overs cricket.

Career Stats
Virat Kohli has an impressive list of accomplishments. Let's delve into the records he holds across various formats of the game:

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Kohli's Batting Stats
  Format Mat Inns NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s
  Test 111 187 11 8676 254* 49.29 15708 55.23 29 29 966 24
  ODI 280 268 41 13027 183 57.38 13889 93.79 47 65 1221 141
  T20I 115 107 31 4008 122* 52.73 2905 137.96 1 37 356 117
  FC 143 235 18 10925 254* 50.34 19611 55.70 36 37 1279 39
  LIST A 314 301 44 14469 183 56.29 15425 93.80 51 73 1385 165
  T20 374 357 68 11965 122* 41.40 8972 133.35 8 91 1069 371

 

Kohli's Bowling Stats
  Format Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts Avg Eco SR 4w 5w 10w
  Test 111 11 175 84 0 - 2.88 - 0 0 0
  ODI 280 48 641 665 4 166.25 6.22 160.2 0 0 0
  T20I 115 13 152 204 4 51.00 8.05 38.0 0 0 0
  FC 143 25 643 338 3 112.66 3.15 214.3 0 0 0
  LIST A 314 55 705 726 4 181.50 6.17 176.2 0 0 0
  T20 374 45 460 667 8 83.37 8.70 57.5 0 0 0


Conclusion

Virat Kohli's journey from a young boy with a passion for cricket to becoming one of the greatest cricketers of all time is a testament to his talent, hard work, and resilience. He has overcome personal tragedies and setbacks to carve out a legendary career. Kohli's impact on the game of cricket extends beyond the boundaries of the field, inspiring millions with his dedication and never-give-up attitude. As he continues to dominate the cricketing world, his legacy as one of the all-time greats is firmly established.

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