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Virat Kohli

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
India, India A, India Blue, Indian Board President's XI, India Red, North Zone, Rest of India, Bangalore, India Under-19, Delhi
Roles played:
Skipper-Test | Ex Skipper-ODI | Batsman
ICC Rank:
Batting:
10
Bowling:
0
Batting:
4
Bowling:
0
Batting:
1
Bowling:
0
Home country:
India
Born:
November 05, 1988, Delhi

Profile

Daring, tough and fiercely talented, Virat Kohli has emerged as one of the pack-leading faces of Indian cricket's current generation. With a firm-bottom hand grip and the ability to smash balls landing on a particular area to any part of the ground at will, Kohli has carved a niche of his own in Indian cricket. The king of chases as many of his fans have christened him, Kohli is a deeply hammered nail across all formats in the Indian national team.

Kohli rose to fame when he captained India's victorious World Cup Under-19 side in Malaysia, in 2008. He was immediately propelled into the lucrative Twenty20 tournament - the Indian T20 League in 2008 and has since been a part of the Bangalore franchise. He also went on to become the captain of the team in 2012 before being retained in 2014 as well. Devoid of noteworthy performances in the first edition, his domestic form still won him an India ODI cap on the tour to Sri Lanka in the same year. The Delhi lad was initially deployed at various positions in the batting line-up, from replacing Virender Sehwag as an opener to accelerating in the middle-order. After 25 ODI innings, he had already amassed 10 fifty-plus scores including two centuries. Kohli has always believed in backing his confidence and with the assurance evident in his shot selection and footwork, he was rarely found wanting with his technique even on bowler-friendly surfaces abroad. Once Kohli grew in maturity, especially in the ODIs, lean patches made way for eye-ball grabbing consistency.

The aggressive right-hander had a marvellous run in 2010 during which he amassed over 1000 runs. He did not let his guard down in 2011 by scoring a century in his maiden World Cup match against Bangladesh and contributed decently right throughout the tournament. The wait for a Test cap ended when he was selected for the tour of West Indies in 2011. The strongest evidence of his mettle came early in 2012 during his maiden ton in whites on India's tour to Australia; he put in an intrepid batting display while the others failed. His efforts paid off and Kohli was soon handed over the vice-captaincy of the Indian team ahead of the Asia Cup in 2012. He ended the tournament as the highest run-getter which included a whirlwind 183 off 148 balls against Pakistan. He captained the Indian ODI team for the first time against Sri Lanka in a Triangular ODI series in the Caribbean after an injury ruled MS Dhoni out for three ODIs. He then tasted success of full-fledged captaincy in Zimbabwe where he marshaled the team in absence of Dhoni, who was rested, and achieved a 5-0 clean sweep over the hosts. He added another feather to his cap when he registered the fastest ODI century by an Indian, off just 52 balls against Australia in October, 2013, Jaipur helping India chase down a daunting target of 360.

The following year, Kohli single-handedly took India to the finals of the ICC WT20 in Bangladesh but lost to Sri Lanka at the last hurdle. The next few months would prove to be a massive learning curve for Kohli who was found wanting in the swinging conditions of England. James Anderson was his tormentor as he exposed a distinct weakness outside Kohli’s off stump. Kohli was embarrassed but continued to remain a part of being the Test side. In the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in November 2014, Kohli led India to a 5-0 routing of the Lankans making him the only Indian captain to have affected a 5-0 whitewash home and away in ODI cricket. In December 2014, Kohli was made captain of the Test side for India’s first Test against Australia in Adelaide but lost despite scoring centuries in both innings. On 30th December 2014, having saved the third Test for India against Australia at the MCG, Indian captain MS Dhoni announced his retirement from Tests with immediate effect citing too much strain as captain as the reason, handing over the mantle to Virat Kohli for the fourth and final Test match after losing another series Down Under. Kohli ended his disappointment of the England tour by scoring fantastically in the Australian tour, thereby squashing doubts of his class and technique to last in the longest version.


Fast Facts

  • Virat Kohli became the third Indian player - after Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina - to score two centuries before turning 22.
  • Holds the record for the fastest century by an Indian in ODIs, off 52 balls against Australia in Jaipur.
  • Fastest Indian cricketer to reach 1000, 3000, 4000 and 6000 runs in ODIs.
  • Is also the fastest cricketer to reach 5000 runs in ODIs in 114 inns level with Viv Richards.
  • Kohli is the only Indian to score twin centuries on Test captaincy debut.


Statistics

Show:
  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 34 60 2561 4 45.73 53.13 10 10 169
ODI 161 153 6586 23 50.66 89.59 22 33 183
T20 28 26 972 5 46.28 131.70 0 9 78*
IPL 123 115 3137 19 32.67 124.93 0 19 99
CLT20 15 14 424 3 38.54 150.35 0 2 84*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 34 6 144 70 0 0/3 / - 2.91 0 0 0 1
ODI 161 42 579 601 4 1/15 / 150.25 6.22 0 0 0 9
T20 28 11 136 183 3 1/13 / 61.00 8.07 0 0 0 3
IPL 123 25 245 355 4 2/25 / 88.75 8.69 0 0 0 11
CLT20 15 6 57 95 0 0/9 / - 10.00 0 0 0 2
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 30 0 2
ODI 75 0 14
T20 13 0 0
IPL 49 0 12
CLT20 10 0 2
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 3 0 1 0 2 0
ODI 17 14 3 0 0 82.35
IPL 56 27 24 2 3 48.21

Career

Span:
Test:
2011-2015
 
ODI:
2008-2015
 
T20:
2010-2014
 
IPL:
2008-2015
 
CLT20:
2009-2011
Test
Debut:
India Vs West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston - Jamaica - Jun 20, 2011
Last played:
India Vs Bangladesh at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah - Jun 10, 2015
ODI
Debut:
India Vs Sri Lanka at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Rangiri - Aug 18, 2008
Last played:
India Vs Bangladesh at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur - Jun 24, 2015
T20
Debut:
India Vs Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Harare (Salisbury) - Jun 12, 2010
Last played:
India Vs England at Edgbaston, Birmingham - Sep 07, 2014
IPL
Debut:
Bangalore Vs Kolkata at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Apr 18, 2008
Last played:
Bangalore Vs Chennai at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi - May 22, 2015
CLT20
Debut:
Bangalore Vs Cape Cobras at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - Karnataka - Oct 08, 2009
Last played:
Bangalore Vs Mumbai at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai - Oct 09, 2011
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