Virat Kohli: The Run Machine of Indian Cricket Team

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Read the amazing facts about virat kohli – Often called the run machine of Indian Cricket Team, Virat Kohli currently plays as the captain of the Indian cricket team. Born on 5th November 1988 to Prem Kohli and Saroj Kohli in Delhi, he was ranked 8th in ESPN’s list of the world’s most famous athletes in 2016 and is often listed amongst the best batsmen in the world.

  • Born and brought up in Delhi, Kohli has represented Delhi’s team at various levels before finally making his debut in the Indian cricket team.
  • His fascination with cricket was noticed by his parents since he was just 3 years old. Knowing his potential, his parents enrolled him in the West Delhi Cricket Academy when he was nine, and since then there was no looking back!

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  • It’s certainly visible that when Virat plays, he gives away his heart and soul to the game.
  • His first major success came in 2008 when he captained India to victory at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup. Soon after this, he was selected to play for the Indian team and established himself as a valuable middle-order player. He was then a part of the squad that brought home the 2011 world cup.
  • Next, he made his test debut in the year 2011 and grabbed the title of being the “ODI specialist” by 2013 with Test hundreds in Australia and South Africa. It was in 2013 when Virat Kohli reached the number one spot in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen for the first time ever.
  • Kohli also found success in the Twenty20 format, winning the Man of the Tournament twice at the ICC World Twenty20 (in 2014 and 2016). In 2014, he became the top-ranked T20I batsman in the ICC rankings and holds the position, as of May 2017.

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  • Virat Kohli has already added many feathers to his already crowded cap with his record-breaking performances in every match that he plays.
  • Most importantly, he has been adorned with the Arjuna Award in 2013, the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World Award in 2016 and has the Padma Shri in 2017.
  • Virat Kohli was also awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) in 2017 and 2018. Then, in 2018, he also received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. Time magazine also named Kohli one of the 100 most influential people in the world. And in 2020, Kohli was ranked 66th in the Forbes list of the top 100 highest-paid athletes in the world for the year 2020 with estimated earnings of $26 million. Surprisingly, Virat Kohli is the only cricketer to have featured in Forbes.

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  • Virat’s nickname is ‘Chikku’ and all his teammates call him by that name.
  • He is only the third ever Indian batsman to score two ODI hundreds before his 22nd birthday – the other two being Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina.
  • Kohli became the fastest Indian batsman to reach the landmarks of 1000, 3000, 4000, and 5000 runs in ODI cricket.
  • Virat Kohli loves tattoos and has gotten himself inked 4 times. His favorite tattoo is the Samurai Warrior.

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