Virat Kohli made his debut for the senior national side against India in 2008. His performance soon made him a regular in the squad and earned him a spot in the 2011 ICC World Cup. The same year he made his Test debut. The next year he was appointed the vice-captain of the ODI team and in 2014, he was given the Test captaincy following Dhoni’s retirement from Tests. In 2017, Dhoni stepped down from the position of the ODI captain and Virat was passed on the baton.
With numerous awards and records to his name, combined with consistent great performances has surely put Virat Kohli in the league of one of the best batsman specially in the limited over cricket.
Virat Kohli : Along the Years
Won the 2008 U-19 World Cup
ODI Debut against Sri Lanka
Joined Royal Challengers Bangalore
T20I Debut against Zimbabwe
Won the 2011 ICC World Cup
Test debut against West Indies
Vice-captain of Indian ODI team
ICC ODI Player of the Year
No 1 batsman in ODI rankings
Man of the Tournament at 2014 ICC World Twenty20
Appointed Test captain
Played in the 2015 ICC World Cup
Man of the Tournament at 2016 ICC World Twenty20
ICC Cricketer of the Year
Appointed as the ODI captain
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
*Last updated on 13 Sept 2019
Virat Kohli has the best ever Test, ODI and Twenty20 International rating of any Indian batsman. Kohli is a chase master and has the highest number of centuries in run-chases in the world. He is also the fastest batsman to 10,000 and 11,000 runs in ODI cricket having achieved the milestones in 205 and 222 innings respectively.
Awards and Accolades
Virat Kohli was awarded the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012, 2-17 and 2018. In 2017 and 2018, he was awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year). In 2018, he also got the award of ICC Test Player of the Year. He was Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World in 2016, 2017 and 2018. He got the Arjuna Award in 2013, the Padma Shri in 2017 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2018.
Kohli started training at the West Delhi Cricket Academy in 1998. He started playing for Delhi Under-15 team in 2002. He became the captain of the team for the 2003-04 Polly Umrigar Trophy. He played in the 2003-04 Vijay Merchant Trophy as a part of the Delhi Under-17 team. His List A debut came in 2006 against Services. The same year he was selected in the India Under-19 squad. He also made his first-class debut for Delhi against Tamil Nadu the same year. In early 2008 Virat Captained the Indian U-19 team to victory at the 2008 ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia.
Kohli started his IPL career with Royal Challengers Bangalore on a youth contract. He had an indifferent inaugural season as he managed to score only 165 runs in 12 innings. His performance improved in the next two seasons as he scored 246 and 307 runs in 2009 and 2010 respectively. Kohli was the only player retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 2011 season. Kohli scored 557 runs, second only to Chris Gayle in the 2011 season with a strike rate of 121.
He had a moderate performance in the next season and score 364 runs with an average of 28. Kohli finished the 2013 season of the IPL as the third highest run getter. He scored 634 runs including six fifties at a strike rate of over 138. Kohli’s batting performance helped his team reach the playoffs in the 2015 season as he scored 505 runs at an average of 45.90. RCB finished the next season as the runners-up and Kohli broke the record for most runs in an IPL season.
He scored 973 runs, including four centuries and also became the first player to reach the 4000-run milestone in the IPL. He got the Orange Cap in the 2016 season. Before the start of the 2018 season, Kohli was retained by the RCB for a price of Rs 17 crore. In the 2019 season of the IPL, he became the second player to reach 5000 runs in IPL.
Kohli made his ODI Debut against Sri Lanka in August of 2008. He was also included in the squad for series against England in 2008 but couldn’t get a chance to play. He played the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy in place of injured Yuvraj Singh. Kohli scored his first ODI century in 2009 against Sri Lanka. In 2010, he played all the matches in the Asia Cup. During this time, Kohli struggled with his form and was unable to play big innings. Despite his bad form, Kohli was retained in the squad due to his batting skills. Kohli form took an upward trajectory from the series against Australia in October 2010.
His good performance against New Zealand cricket team in the following series made him a strong contender for the 2011 World Cup squad. He was leading Indian run scorer in ODI in 2010. During the series against South frica in 2011, Kohli was named in the squad for the 2011 World Cup. He played every match in India’s World Cup winning campaign and also scored a century in the tournament and also played a crucial role in the final match of the World Cup.
Kohli’s consistent performance continued after the World Cup and kept scoring runs. He was appointed the vice-captain of the squad for the 2012 Asia Cup. Kohli finished the tournament as the leading run score with 357 runs to his name at an average of 119. For his performances in 2012, Kohli was named in the World ODI XI by the ICC. In 2013, Kohli was part of the squad for the ICC Champions Trophy. Kohli batted well throughout the India’s tournament winning campaign and was named as part of the Team of the Tournament by the ICC.
In the seven-match ODI series against Australia in 2013, Kohli struck the fastest century by an Indian in ODI. He scored the century only in 52 balls. Kohli’s innings helped India chase down the target of 360 runs, in what was the second highest successful run chase in ODI cricket.
At the end of the tournament, he moved to the top in ICC ODI batsman rankings. Kohli amassed more runs in the subsequent series against South Africa and New Zealand. He scored 1054 runs ODI runs in 2014 and became the second player in the world after Sourav Ganguly to make more than 1,000 ODI runs for four consecutive calendar years.
In 2015, Kohli’s performance took a dip as he failed to cross the single-digit mark in any of the four games in the tri-nation ODI series between India, England and Australia. Kohli failed to impress in the 2015 World Cup and was unable to score runs other than his century against Pakistan cricket team in the first match of the World Cup. Kohli had a good start to 2016 as he scored two back-to-back half centuries against Australia. During this series, he also became the fastest batsman to cross the 7000 runs mark. For his performances in 2016, Kohli was named the captain of the ICC World ODI XI.
Virat Kohli carried his good form to the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy as well. He reached the 8000 runs mark during the tournament but failed to help his team secure the Trophy as he got out for just five runs in the final against Pakistan. Kolhi continued his good performance in 2017 as he went on to hit centuries against West Indies and Sri Lanka in consecutive series. He ended the calendar year with 2818 international runs, the highest tally ever by an Indian player.
In the South Africa in 2018, Kohli scored 558 runs in the 6 ODIs, makin the record for the highest runs scored in a bilateral ODI series. The same year, Kohli became the fastest player to score 10,000 ODI runs. In the 2019 World Cup, Kohli got himself two more records, fastest batsman to score 11,000 ODI runs and fastest cricketer to score 20,000 runs in international cricket.
Kohli made his test debut against the West Indies in 2011. Kohli failed to impress in that series as he just managed to score 76 runs in five innings. When the West Indies toured India, Kolhi was included in the playing XI of the final match and with his half-century in the first innings, helped his team to avoid follow-on. Kohli was included in the India’s Test squad for the tour of Australia in December 2011.
His performance in the first two Tests of the series was poor as he struggled defensively. He started to regain some of his form in the third Test and went on to score his first Test century in the final Test match of the series. India lost the series 4-0 but Kohli emerged as the highest scorer from the Indian side.
In the home series against Australia, Kohli averaged 56.8 and team India completed a 4-0 series sweep. Kohli’s performance took a dip in the two-match Test series against West Indies as got out for 3 and 57. India toured South Africa in 2013 and played two Test matches. In the first match Kohli scored 119 and 96, but failed to replicate this performance in the second Test as manages to score only 46 and 11.
Kohli fared poorly in the Test series against England as he averaged just 13.40 in 10 innings as he was troubled particularly James Anderson’s swinging ball on the off stump line. In the first match of India’s tour of Australia in 2014, Kohli scored a century in the first match. In the Boxing Day match, Kohli was India’s highest scorer in both the innings. Kohli also scored a hundred when the Indian team toured Sri Lanka in 2015. In the 2016 tour of the West Indies, Kohli scored 200 in the first Test of the series and helped India win the match by an innings and 92 runs.
He scored another double ton against New Zealand later that year. In the next two series against Bangladesh and England, Kohli against managed to score double centuries and became the first batsman ever to score double centuries in four consecutive series. In the 2018 Test match series against South Africa cricket team, Kolhi wasn’t able to replicate his stunning form from 2017 and had an average series. In the Test series against, Kohli scored his first century on the English soil and went on to become the NO. 1 ranked Test batsman in the ICC ranking.
Kohli made his T20I debut against Zimbabwe in 2010. Kohli scored his first T20I fifty against Sri Lanka in 2012. Kohli continued churning runs in T20 as he scored 185 runs, including two half-centuries in 5 matches at the 2012 ICC World Twenty20. For his excellent batting, Kohli was named in the ‘Team of the Tournament’ for the 2012 T20 World Cup.
In the next T20 World Cup in 2014, Kohli’s continued to be in top form and played what he considers his best T20 innings in the semi-final of the tournament. He scored 72 not out in 44 balls and helped India get into the final by reaching the target of 173 runs. He scored a total of 319 runs in the tournament, the most by an individual batsman in a single World Twenty20 tournament. He was awarded with the Man of the Tournament award and was also included in the Team of the Tournament by the ICC.
During South Africa’s tour of India in 2015, Kohli crossed the 1,00 runs mark in T20I cricket and became the fastest batsman to do so. Kohli was in to form coming into the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 and helped India get across in a must match win against Australia by striking an unbeaten 82 from 51 balls. He ended the tournament with 273 runs in 5 matches and earned him his second consecutive Man of the Tournament award at the World Twenty20.
Following his good performance against England and Pakistan at the Under-19 stage, Kohli was appointed the captain of the Under 19 team for the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. His all round performance in the semi-final against New Zealand was crucial in winning the match. Kohli was commended for his brave tactical bowling changes throughout the tournament Indian National Team.
Kohli was named vice-captain for the first team for the tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in 2010. He was again appointed as the vice-captain in 2012 for the Asia Cup in Bangladesh. Kohli was started to be looked at as a future captain by that time by the Board and the selectors. Kohli first ODI as a captain was in the first ODI of the triangular series in the West Indies.
Kohli scored his first hundred as captain in his second match as captain. Kohli was appointed as the captain for an entire series for the first time in 2013 against Zimbabwe. Due to an injury to MS Dhoni , Kohli was appointed the captain for the 2014 Asia Cup. After Dhoni’s return , Kohli was named vice-captain for the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. Under Kohli’s captaincy, India whitewashed Sri Lanka in the five-match ODI series.
Kohli was made the Test captain for the first time in December 2014 against Australia. Kohli scored a hundred on his Test captaincy debut and became the fourth Indian to do so. After Dhoni’s retirement from test cricket, Kohli was appointed as the full-time Test captain. In the series against Australia, Kohli became the first batsman in test cricket history to score three hundreds in his first three innings as Test captain.
Kohli’s first win as a Test captain came against Sri Lanka in 2015. In 2019, Kohli became the most successful Indian test captain after winning his 28th Test match as a captain. 2017 Champions Trophy was Kohli’s first ICC tournament as a captain. For his excellent performances in 2017, Kolhi was named as captain of both World Test XI and ODI XI by the ICC.
With a 5-1 ODI series win against South Africa, Kohli became the first Indian captain to win an ODI series in South Africa. In 2018 also, Kohli was named as captain of both World Test XI and ODI XI by the ICC.
Kohli was made the vice-captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2011 season and also captained the team in some matches in the absence of Daniel Vettori. Following Vettori’s retirement at the end of the 2012 season, Kohli was appointed as the team’s captain for the 2013 season. Kohli managed to get his team to the final in the 2016 season but failed to lift the trophy.
Virat Kohli’s father, Prem Kohli worked as a criminal lawyer and his mother, Saroj Kohli, is a housewife. He has two older siblings, brother, Vikas and, sister, Bhavna. Kohli’s father ensured that Virat got proper training in cricket and supported his cricket during his childhood. Virat lost his father in 2006 due to a stroke. Kohli tied the knot with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in 2017. In August 2020, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma announced that they were going to be parents soon.