Virat Kohli Biography – Facts, Stats & Life Story

From a local cricket team to currently as the captain of Indian National Team and Indian Premiere League Franchise, “Royal Challengers Bangalore.” Virat Kohli has come a long way to make a name in Cricket. Over the years, Kohli has constructed a reliable and impressive batting style, giving him the consistent batsman of this era. 

Born and raised in a Punjabi family in New Delhi. Kohli showed interest in Cricket as early as three. His love for the sport grew with age. And it didn’t take long for his late father, Prem Kohli, to recognize this passion. Hence at the age of nine, Virat Kohli was getting training in the West Delhi Cricket Academy. Moreover, to accommodate Kohli with better practicing grounds, his father even switched schools. 

Full NameVirat Kohli
Nickname(s)Chikoo
Run Machine
Chase Master
King Kohli
NationalityIndian
Age31 Years
Date of Birth5 November 1988
Birth PlaceDelhi, India
FatherLate Mr. Prem Kohli (Criminal Lawyer)
MotherSaroj Kohli
BrotherVikas Kohli (Elder)
SisterBhawna Kohli (Elder)

SpouseAnushka Sharma
ProfessionCricketer (Batsman)  

Physical stats:

Height (approx.)176 cm (5’ 9”)
Weight (approx.)72 kg (159 lbs.)
Body Measurements (approx.)Chest: 42 inches
Biceps: 14 inches
Waist: 32 inches

TattoosNine

Achievements

Over the years, the high-level performance has achieved Virat Kohli a few nicknames. His constant effort on the field has given him the nickname, run machine, chase master. Thus, from his 2008 International debut to the current stage, we have witnessed continuous changes in his overall records. 

  • A close look at the Indian Cricket team’s captain Profile: 
  • Jersey no: 18 (India & RCB)
  • Virat Kohli is the 175th Captain in ODI, 269th in Test Captainship, and 31st inT20. 
  • His batting and bowling style both are right-handed. 
  • In 2008, Virat led his team to a triumph Under-19 Cricket World Cup held in Malaysia. After the victory, he was signed by the IPL franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore, for $30,000 on a youth contract.
  • On 18 August 2008, he made International ODI Debut against Sri Lanka at Dambulla. 
  • On 12 June 2010, he made International T20 Debut against Zimbabwe at Harare. 
  • Followed by his International Test Debut on 20 June 2011 against West Indies at Kingston.
  • His ICC Tournaments legacy are: 
    ICC U-19 WC 2008 (Captain)
    ICC WC 2011
    ICC Champions Trophy 2013
    ICC T20 WC 2014
    ICC WC 2015
    ICC T20 WC 2016
    ICC Champions Trophy 2017
  • A Pivotal Moment in Virat Kohli’s career was when he won ICC U-19 WC 2008 as captain.

As of 2021, Virat has received many recognitions as:

  • Virat Kohli is the World’s second-quickest and quickest Indian player to reach 6000 and 7000 runs in ODIs.
  • He is also the World’s quickest player to reach 8000, 9000, and 10000 runs in ODIs.
  • Not just that, he has also belted the title of World’s quickest player to hit 30 and 35 centuries in ODIs.
  • Virat is the only player by far in the World who has a batting average above 50 in all three formats.
  • He is the quickest player to score 15000 runs international runs. He regained the title when he made an exemplary 17000 international runs. 
  • Virat Kohli broke the records by scoring 500 runs in a single bilateral ODI series. It made him the first batsman in the history of cricket to achieve the record.

In terms of achieving national records: 

  • Virat Kohli is the fastest Indian player to reach 1000 ODI runs.
  • He gained the title of first Indian player to hit three consecutive ODI centuries.
  • Virat Kohli has made 13 ODI tons, 12 Test tons as Indian captain.
  •  He became the first captain in Indian to score two or more double centuries in Tests.

There is no doubt shortly. We will witness this veracious player add more to his achievements.  The Indian Captain has many colorful feathers added in his hat of passion. Some of them are:

  • Polly Umirgar Award
    2011-12
    2014-15
    2015-16
    2016-17
    2017-18
  • CEAT International Cricketer of the year
    2011-12, 2013-14
  • Arjuna Award
    2013
  • ICC ODI Player of the year
    2012, 2017, and 2018
  • Padma Shri
    2017
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
    2018

Income

As of now, Virat Kohli is the third- richest man in India. Forbes announced him as the seven highest-paid athletes in the world. 

Philanthropic work

Kohli established “Virat Kohli Foundation” to help underprivileged children with their needs. 

Controversies

The name Virat Kohli has not been a stranger when it comes to controversies. 

During his first Australian Tour back in 2011, the Australian audience booed the player. In reply, he gave the viewers a middle finger. In 2013, IPL Virat Kohli got into a nasty fight with KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir.

Conclusion

Controversies or not, Virat Kohli is an exemplary Cricketer and has lived up to the expectations. Over the years, he has belted enormous numbers of records and rewards. No doubt, there is more to come in the future.  

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