The rise and rise of Virat Kohli
NEW DELHI: virat Kohli He turned 31 on Tuesday. The Indian captain, possibly the best hitter in the world, began his journey with a nickname, 'Chiku'. But, over the years, Virat has collected many more, including Run Machine, King Kohli and Chase Master.
The reason for all these nicknames is, of course, his consistency with the bat, which makes him one of the most prolific hitters of all time and has helped him get a lot of records. Kohli recently became the fastest to 20,000 international races, has the most centuries as captain and was the first cricket player to sweep the ICC awards.
But Virat did not achieve all these compliments and milestones overnight. He began as a reckless young man and it took an immense amount of willpower, dedication and discipline to become the phenomenon he is today.
Kohli first proved success on the world stage when India won the U19 World Cup in 2008 under his captaincy.
Having made his ODI debut in 2008 and scoring his first century of ODI in 2009, Kohli had to wait until 2011 to make his Test debut, which he made against the West Indies.
Kohli became Indian captain in the tests of the 2014-15 tour to Australia when Mahendra Singh Dhoni Exit Cricket Test after the third Indian Test of the series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Virat is the most successful test captain in India, with 31 victories to his credit as a patron so far. Kohli has led India to a long stay at the top of the ICC test rankings and to the first victory of the test series in Australia.
The 31-year-old became an Indian ODI captain when Dhoni resigned as captain in the limited formats in January 2017, just before the ODI series at home against England.
The captain of India has shattered 26 centuries of test and 43 hundreds of ODI. In fact, it is the second on the list of most ODI centuries, behind Sachin Tendulkar 49 tons record.
With 69 international centuries, Kohli is in third place in the list of most centurions. Tendulkar (100) and Ricky Ponting (71) are ahead of Kohli on the list.
Kohli has 11,520 ODI races under his belt with an impressive average of 60.31.
Virat has scored 7066 tests and has the highest number of double centuries tests by an Indian (7).
At 31, Virat is the epitome of fitness, thanks to a very disciplined lifestyle. As the wishes reach the Indian captain, Virat is taking a well-deserved break from cricket. He will return to lead the team in the series 2 Test vs Bangladesh, which begins on November 14 in Indore.