Virat Kohli is a professional Indian cricketer born on the 5th of November, 1988. Kohli is a right-handed batsman and is currently the most valuable cricketer in the world. He averages over 50 in all three formats of the game.
His ability to score runs after runs and pile misery on the opposition has ranked him among one of the greatest modern-day batsmen in all the formats of the game. His exploits as a batsman have earned him nicknames like “King Kohli” and “Run Machine.”
Virat Kohli has several records to his name. The Delhte seems to be setting new standards for batsmen with each passing game.
Kohli has scored the most number of runs in a calendar year by an Indian batsman in 2012, 2015 and 2016.
He is the first ever batsman to score double hundreds in four consecutive test series. He achieved the feat against West Indies, England, New Zealand and Bangladesh.
Kohli scored 610 runs against Sri Lanka in 2017 which is the highest by an Indian in a three-match test series.
Kohli has the highest historic rating points by an Indian batsman with 909 points. He is just 26 points behind Vivian Richards who had 935 points in ICC rankings.
Kohli has scored over 300 runs on six different occasions in a bilateral series. No other player has managed to do it more than four times.
The run machine also holds the record for scoring the fastest ODI ton by an Indian. He achieved the feat in just 52 balls against Australia back in 2013 in Jaipur.
Kohli is the fastest Indian to cross 1000, 5000, 6000 and 7000 run mark in ODIs. He is the fastest in the world to cross the 8000 and 9000 run mark. He crossed the milestone in 194 innings and South Africa’s AB De Villiers is behind Kohli, who took 11 innings more to achieve that feat.
He is the fastest Indian to reach 10, 15, 20 and 25 centuries and the fastest in the world to cross the mark of 30 and 35 centuries. Bowlers have failed to halt his run-scoring abilities.
Kohli holds the record for scoring most runs in a bilateral series. He scored 558 runs in the recently concluded ODI series against South Africa in South Africa.
Since 2010, barring 2015, Kohli has scored most number of runs in a calendar year by an Indian batsman. In 2011 and 2017, he scored 1381 and 1460 runs respectively that was the highest runs by a player in that particular calendar year.
Chasing brings the best out of Virat. He has scored 20 centuries while chasing which is the highest by any batsman. He has done it in just 102 innings while Tendulkar has scored 17 centuries in 232 innings.
Kohli has scored the most number of 50s in T20 cricket. He has gone past the 50-run mark on 18 occasions which is two more than New Zealand’s Martin Guptill.
Kohli is the fastest to reach 1000 T20 international runs. He crossed the milestone in just 27 innings while Aaron Finch achieved it in 29 innings.
He is the first batsman to score more than 600 runs in a calendar year in T20 internationals. He did it in 2016 with an astonishing average of 106.83 and at a strike rate of 140.26, featuring seven fifties.
Virat Kohli broke the world record for playing the most innings before recording a duck in T20Is. He recorded his maiden T20I duck after 47 innings, playing in his 52nd T20 international.
Just when people thought that they’ve seen the best of Kohli, he comes out with more. Captaincy seems to have improved his stats even more and Kohli has changed the whole outlook of the Indian team.
Kohli is credited with having won most consecutive test series as captain. Between 2015 and 2017, Kohli won nine consecutive series equalling Ricky Ponting’s record who achieved the same feat from 2005-2008.
Kohli began his captaincy stint in great fashion as he became the first cricketer in the world to score three centuries in his first three innings as test captain. He achieved this feat against Australia when he followed his twin hundreds at the Adelaide Test with a scintillating 140 at Sydney.
The run machine has scored over 3500 runs as Test captain for India. He eclipsed MS Dhoni and Sunil Gavaskar to go on top in terms of most runs as test captain.
Under Kohli, India recorded their longest unbeaten streak of 18 matches going past their previous best of 17 matches. The streak began in 2015 against Sri Lanka and ended in 2017 when they lost to Australia.
Kohli has already scored six double centuries which is the highest by a test captain in the world. He has also scored 10 test centuries which is the fastest by an Indian captain.
Kohli has scored 13 ODI centuries as a captain. It is the highest among the Indian captains.
Virat Kohli is the first captain to hit six ODI hundreds in a calendar year.
Kohli is also the fastest skipper to cross 1000 runs. He went past AB De Villiers’ record of 18 innings.
Kohli is considered as the greatest batsman of his generation. However, he has a long way to go as he must lead his side to more and more trophies and the team is much bigger than the individual.