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Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli is an Indian international cricketer, counted amongst the top sportsmen in India. Considered to be among the best batsmen in the present era, he also doubles up as an occasional right-arm medium pace bowler. He is known for his dependable and powerful batting style and has single-handedly won several matches for India.

Virat became fascinated with cricket quite early on in his life and took to the bat when he was just three. His parents recognized his potential and had him enrolled at the West Delhi Cricket Academy when he was nine years old. He developed into a very talented player over the ensuing years and represented his city Delhi at various age-group levels and domestic cricket. His first major success came in 2008 when he captained India Under-19s to victory at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup. Soon he was selected to play for the Indian team and established himself as a valuable middle order player. After having gained a reputation as an “ODI specialist”, he proved his mettle in test cricket as well. Currently, he is the captain of the Indian team in Test cricket and vice-captain in limited overs formats.

Childhood & Early Life

  • Virat Kohli was born on 5 November 1988, in Delhi, India, to Prem Kohli and Saroj Kohli. His father was a criminal lawyer while his mother is a housewife. He has two siblings: an elder brother, Vikash, and an elder sister, Bhavna.

  • He became interested in cricket when he was a little boy. Aged just three, he would pick up a cricket bat and ask his father to bowl to him. He received his early schooling from Vishal Bharti Public School.

  • His interest in cricket continued to grow and his father had him enrolled at the West Delhi Cricket Academy when Virat was nine. He trained at the academy under Rajkumar Sharma and also played matches at the Sumit Dogra Academy.

Career

  • In 2002, he played for Delhi Under-15 team and became the leading run-getter in the 2002–03 Polly Umrigar Trophy tournament.

  • Virat was selected in the Delhi Under-17 team for the 2003–04 Vijay Merchant Trophy. He scored 470 runs in four matches at an average of 117.50 with two hundreds. Kohli repeated his fabulous performance the next season too, and helped Delhi lift the 2004–05 Vijay Merchant Trophy.

  • Kohli made his mark in the Test cricket during the India’s tour of Australia in December 2011. India lost the Test series 4–0 but Virat Kohli was India’s top run-scorer in the series. He scored his maiden Test century in the first innings of fourth and final match at Adelaide.

  • His string of successful stints continued throughout 2013. He played well in the seven-match ODI series against Australia, striking the fastest century by an Indian in ODIs in the second match at Jaipur by blasting a 100 off just 52 balls. His innings of 100 not out helped India chase down the target of 360.

  • His career saw a temporary slump in 2015 when he was unable to make any big scores. However, he soon regained his form and became the fastest batsman in the world to make 1,000 runs in T20I cricket during the South Africa’s tour of India later the same year.

  • Kohli has been in terrific form in 2016. His superlative batting performances helped India reach the semifinals of 2016 T20 World Cup, held in India.

Philanthropic Works

  • Virat Kohli started a charity foundation called ‘Virat Kohli Foundation’ (VKF), in 2013, for helping underprivileged children. The foundation also conducts events to raise funds for charitable causes.

Awards & Achievements

  • He won the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012 and the BCCI’s international cricketer of the year for the 2011–12 and 2014–15 seasons.

  • He received the Arjuna Award in 2013 in recognition of his achievements in international cricket.

Personal Life & Legacy

  • Virat Kohli was in a high profile relationship with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma. The pair reportedly broke up in early 2016 and as per media reports they have patched up and are now back together.

Trivia

  • Virat Kohli is famous for his tremendous mental strength and one incident amply testifies it. When Virat Kohli lost his father he was in the midst of a Ranji Trophy match, playing for Delhi. He got a call at 3 am and came to know that his father has died. As he was the overnight batsman for Delhi and his team was in a difficult situation. so he scored a match saving 90 runs for his team the next day and went to his dad’s funeral after that innings.

Net Worth

  • Virat Kohli has an estimated net worth of $15 million.

Source Virat`s Biography

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