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Virat Kohli: Definitely a Legend Already
Kohli led India to victory in the 2008 U-19 World Cup in Malaysia. After that, he played his first ODI for India versus Sri Lanka aged 19. His consistent performances earned him a regular place in the team and he was part of the squad that won the 2011 ODI World Cup. Kohli played his first Test that year and later clobbered Test centuries in South Africa and Australia. He has also excelled in the T20I format and was awarded the Player of the Tournament in the 2016 and 2014 T20 World Cups.
Kohli became the Test captain of India in 2014 and the ODI skipper in 2017. As of June 2020, he holds the record for the second-highest number of ODI hundreds (43) after Sachin Tendulkar (49). Moreover, Kohli has scored the most hundreds in ODI run chases. He is the fastest with 10,000 ODI runs (in 205 innings) as well as 11,000 ODI runs (in 222 innings).
Kohli won the ICC Player of the Year award in 2018 and 2017. He received the Arjuna Award in 2013, the Khel Ratna in 2018 and the Padma Shri in 2017. His estimated 2020 income of $26 million places him among 100 highest earning sportspersons in the world.
Kohli was born on 5 November 1988 in the capital of India, Delhi. He began showing interest in cricket at a very early age when he was only 3. Aged 9, Kohli joined a cricket academy and started serious training. His coach, Rajkumar Sharma, recalled that Kohli had oozed natural talent and had been very enthusiastic about training and playing matches. He readily batted at any position and didn’t want to go home after completing his training for the day. He was a bright student in academics as well and alert in the classroom.
In December 2006, Kohli’s father suffered a stroke and died. During that period the life of the young player was very difficult as his family faced financial troubles. Kohli also missed his father’s keen support and could not get used to dad not driving him to training classes every day.
Domestic and Youth Career
Kohli showed great results during the India U-19 tour of England in 2006, averaging 105 in the three-match ODI series and 49 in 3 Tests. His excellent batting helped India win both series. Indian coach Lalchand Rajput praised Kohli for his strong technique, spin and pace. Later, the Indian U-19 team toured Pakistan in September 2006 and Kohli notched up impressive averages of 58 in Tests and 41.66 in ODIs.
Kohli debuted for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy in November 2006 versus Tamil Nadu. Being only 18 years old, he failed in his maiden innings, scoring just 10. He received national attention after deciding to play versus Karnataka soon after his father’s death. Kohli smashed 90 to show everyone he had nerves of steel. Right after the dismissal, he went directly to the funeral. His coach Chetan Chauhan was impressed by his determination and attitude.
Kohli started taking his life in general and cricket in particular more serious after that occasion and decided strongly to make his and his father’s dreams come true. During that season, he scored 257 in 6 games at 36.71 average. Kohli also starred in the Under-19 triangular tournament and away Test held in Sri Lanka in July – August 2007.
In February – March 2008, Kohli led India to victory in the U-19 World Cup in Malaysia. Besides his astute captaincy, he also brilliantly performed with the bat at number 3, cracking 235 in 6 games at an average of 47. He was the third-highest scorer in the tournament.
In a tense final versus New Zealand, Kohli guided India to the trophy with a solid 43. He had earlier scored 2/27 as well and won the Player of the Match award for his all-round efforts. Experts noticed his brilliant captaincy and pointed out that he had made several smart bowling changes during the tournament. After the U-19 World Cup, RCB selected Kohli for their IPL team and concluded a youth contract with the player, paying him $30,000.
ODI Career and Test Career
Kohli played in the ODI series versus Sri Lanka in August 2008 and helped India score a 3-2 win. It was the first ODI series victory for India playing away against Sri Lanka. The BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) gave him an INR 1.5 million D contract in December 2008. For the first time, Kohli was awarded the Player of the Match in ODIs in the 2009 Champions Trophy group game versus West Indies, scoring 79 not out to help India succeed.
Kohli also batted well in the tri-nation ODI tournament that took place in January 2010 in Bangladesh. Though India lost the final versus Sri Lanka, Kohli finished top scorer in the tournament with 275 in 5 innings at 91.66 average. He kept his excellent batting form for the three-match home ODI series versus South Africa and cracked a fifty in 1 of the 2 matches he participated in.
Kohli reached a landmark of his career during the tri-nation series in May – June 2010 in Zimbabwe when he became the fastest batsman from India to score 1,000 ODI runs. However, he struggled in the next few games. He managed to regain form versus Australia at Visakhapatnam in October 2018, blasting 118 off 131 to help India successfully chase 290. He won the Player of the Match for his effort.
Kohli next played a key role in India whitewashing the Kiwis 5-0 in a home ODI series. He was the highest run-getter for India in ODIs in 2010, cracking 995 in 25 games with 3 hundreds at 47.38 average. Kohli also became the top scorer in the 5-match away ODI series in South Africa in January 2011, scoring 193 at 48.25 average with 2 half-centuries. Kohli’s constant good form made Dhoni prefer him to Suresh Raina for a regular batting spot in India’s team for the 2011 World Cup.
During the World Cup, Kohli played in all matches. He notched up 100 not out versus Bangladesh in the first game, becoming the first batter from India to crack a century on ODI World Cup debut.
His World Cup highlight came during the final where he notched up a valuable 35 and went into a crucial partnership with Gautam Gambhir to rescue India after the early failure of the openers. This partnership turned the game in India’s favour and the team won by 6 wickets to take the trophy.
Kohli next helped India to win the away ODI series in the West Indies in June – July 2011. He scored 199 at an average of 39.80 in the 3-2 series win. He made his Test debut during that tour but failed to impress, scoring 76 in 5 innings. Kohli had trouble dealing with short-pitched deliveries and became fast bowler Fidel Edwards’s favourite for dismissals – three times in the series. Kohli next played in ODIs during India’s tour of England in July and August 2011 but despite his efforts, India lost 0-3.
In October 2011, Kohli became the top scorer in India’s 5-0 home ODI series win versus England, cracking 270 in 5 games. He next played in the home Test and ODI series against the Windies. Kohli helped India win the ODI games 4-1, amassing 243 at 60.75. In this series, he proved to be a capable chaser. He scored the most ODI runs in 2011, notching up 1381 in 34 games with 4 hundreds at 47.62 average.
Kohli becomes ODI Vice-Captain
Kohli played Tests in India’s Australia tour in 2011 – 2012. The guests were whitewashed 4-0 by the mighty Aussies, but as every cloud has a silver lining, Kohli became India’s top scorer, smashing a hundred in the series. He also starred in the tri-nation series during that tour and played a great knock versus Sri Lanka in a group match, cracking an unbeaten 133 off 86 to help India successfully chase 321.
However, this victory was not enough as India later dropped out of the tournament. Kohli was India’s top scorer with 373 at 53.28. He was made vice-captain for the 2012 Asia Cup held in Bangladesh as selectors noticed his great leadership skills. Kohli had a great tournament, amassing 357 at 119 average, but India could not reach the final.
In July – August 2012, Kohli clobbered 2 hundreds in the 5-match away ODI series in Sri Lanka. India won 4-1 and Kohli was the top scorer, winning the Man of the Series award. Later on, Kohli scored a Test hundred versus the Kiwis at Bangalore and gained his first Test Player of the Match. India whitewashed the Kiwis 2-0 and Kohli scored a century and 2 fifties at 106 average in the series.
However, Kohli’s performance with the bat in the first three Tests during the home series versus England left much to be desired. He notched up a patient hundred in the last Test on a low and slow pitch at Nagpur, but could not prevent India from losing the series 1-2. It was England’s first Test series win in India in 28 years. Kohli had an ordinary ODI series versus Pakistan in December 2012, averaging just 4.33 with fast bowler Junaid Khan dismissing him in all three innings.
Kohli’s next great shot was an unbeaten 77 in the third ODI vs England at Ranchi, which helped India win the game. He scored 115 runs in that series at an average of 38.75. In February 2013, he assisted India in whitewashing Australia 4-0 in the home Test series. India thus became the first team to whitewash the Aussies in over 40 years. Kohli recorded a 56.80 average in the series and created a permanent place for himself in the Indian Test team.
Kohli also played an important role in India’s triumph in the 2013 Champions Trophy held in England. He scored an important unbeaten 58 in the semifinal versus Sri Lanka to help India reach the final. Kohli was India’s highest-scoring player in the final, clobbering 47 off 33 to help his nation win the rain-shortened match by 5 runs.
Kohli became India’s ODI team captain after Dhoni had had an injury in the away triangular tournament in the West Indies. He next led India to a 5-0 win in the away ODI series versus Zimbabwe in July 2013. It was the first time India whitewashed the home team in a tour ODI series.
Kohli had a great performance during the 7-match home ODI series versus Australia. In the second game, he smashed a hundred in a mere 52 balls to help India successfully chase 360. His achievements in other games assisted India in clinching the series 3-2 with two matches lost because of rain. After the series, Kohli became the world top-ranked ODI batsman.
However, Kohli had an average outing in the following two-match Test series versus the Windies, scoring just one fifty. Sachin Tendulkar retired after this series and Kohli became India’s number 4 in Tests. In the three-match ODI series, Kohli helped India win 2-1. He was the top scorer with 204 at 68.00 average and was awarded the Player of the Series.
India visited South Africa in late 2013 to play 2 Tests and 3 ODIs. Kohli had a poor ODI series performance, averaging just 15.50. He did have a great first Test, amassing 119 and 96, though, in a losing cause. South African legend Allan Donald commented that Kohli’s responsibility and discipline reminded him of Tendulkar when he played in South Africa in 1996. India also lost the second Test in which Kohli scored 46 and 11.
Kohli was in great shape during the New Zealand tour. He had an average of 58.21 in the 5-match ODI series but India still lost 0-4. In the two-match Test series of the tour, Kohli scored 214 at 71.33. After that, Kohli was India’s captain during the Asia Cup hosted by Bangladesh. Despite him batting well, India was knocked out in the group stage after losing to Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
In 2014, Kohli had a wonderful 2014 T20 World Cup, showing the best results of the tournament with 319 at 106.33 average. He received the Player of the Tournament award for his achievements. Then, India lost the away five-match Test series 1-3 to England. Kohli had a sad outing with an average of a mere 13.40 in 5 tests with the highest knock of 39.
England’s bowlers took full advantage of Kohli’s weakness outside the off stump and he got out many times to catches behind the wickets or in the slips. In the series, James Anderson managed to take 4 of his wickets. India redeemed themselves by winning the next ODI series 3-1, but Kohli averaged just 18 in 4 innings. On that tour, Kohli became the number one T20I batsman in the world.
Kohli was performing well in all three formats of the game until international matches were brought to a halt by the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020. As of June 2020, he has played in 86 Tests, amassing 7240 runs at an average of 53.62 with 27 hundreds and 22 fifties. In 248 ODIs, he has cracked 11,867 runs at an average of 59.33 and a strike rate of 93.25 with 43 centuries and 58 half-centuries.
As mentioned earlier, Kohli began his IPL career with the RCB in 2008. He scored just 165 in 12 knocks at 1.55 average and 105.09 strike rate in his debut season. He was gradually improving his performance during the next 2 seasons. RCB retained him for 2011 and appointed vice-captain.
Kohli skippered the team a few times that year after Daniel Vettori, the regular captain, had got injured. Kohli’s brilliant batting and leadership talent helped RCB finish runner-up that season. He amassed 557 at 46.41 average and 121 strike rate with 4 fifties. In 2012, Kohli scored 364 at an average of 28.
Kohli became RCB skipper in 2013 and showed rather successful results, clobbering 634 at 45.28 average and 138 strike rate, with 6 fifties. He was the third-highest run-getter that year. Kohli was successful in the 2015 season as well, cracking 505 at 45.90 average and 130 strike rate.
In 2016, Kohli helped RCB finish second. He amassed 973 in 16 games at 81.08 average with 4 hundreds. For his impressive batting, he won the Orange Cap and the Player of the Tournament award. That year, Kohli announced that he would play permanently for RCB in the IPL. His IPL 2017 performance was spoilt by an injury as he scored 308 in 10 games, but RCB finished last. In 2018, RCB bought Kohli for $2.4 million. He reached 5,000 runs in the IPL in 2019.
As of June 2020, Kohli has played in 82 T20Is, scoring 2794 runs at 50.80 average and 138.24 strike rate with 24 fifties. He has also taken 4 wickets in T20Is. His highest T20I score is 94 not out.
As of June 2020, Kohli has scored 27 hundreds and 22 fifties in 86 Tests. His highest Test score is 254 not out. Kohli has also notched up 43 centuries and 58 fifties in 248 ODIs. His top score in this format is 183.
Virat Kohli is one of the best captains India has ever had in all 3 formats. He has led the team in 55 Tests with 33 wins, 12 losses and 10 draws. Kohli has also skippered India in 89 ODIs with 62 wins, 24 losses, 1 tie and 2 no results. In T20Is, Kohli has been India’s captain in 37 games with 22 wins, 11 losses, 2 ties and 2 no results.
Internet sources estimate Virat Kohli’s net worth at INR 900 crores as of June 2020. Overall in 2019, he managed to earn an amazing 252 crores. In addition to cricket match fees, Kohli’s other sources of income include brand endorsements and advertisements. He is an astute investor and has put his money into several startups, such as an insurance company Digit, Chisel gym chain, Sports Convo and Stephathlon Kids. Kohli is also the owner of WROGN, an online fashion brand. No wonder, his personal brand value keeps increasing significantly year after year.
Furthermore, Kohli makes INR 17 crores playing for RCB in the IPL in addition to his annual salary of INR 7 crores from the BCCI. He endorses numerous top brands including Tissot, Manyavar, MRF, Audi, Uber and Myntra. Moreover, Kohli owns a couple of restaurants. According to Forbes, he is one of the highest-earning celebrities in India along with his wife, Anushka Shama.
Social media is another source of Kohli’s income. He has more than 51 million Instagram followers, promoting fitness, sports, lifestyle, fashion brands and products. It is said, the Indian captain charges INR 2.3 crores for a tweet and INR 1.35 crores for a social media post.
Kohli is naturally aggressive as a batter and boasts an excellent technique. As a rule, he bats under number 3 in ODIs and number 4 in Tests. Kohli is equally good at pacing and spinning. He has a wide range of shots and can pace an innings well. In fact, he shows one of the best results in ODI chases in the world. Kohli’s teammates and coaches praise his work ethics, focus, commitment and confidence.
Kohli averages about 69 batting second in ODIs and around 51 batting first. He holds the world record for most centuries batting second and has clobbered 26 of his 43 one-day hundreds chasing runs. Kohli says that he loves the whole concept of chasing and likes to challenge himself, trying to find the right balance between strike rotation and hitting boundaries. It is expected that Kohli will break many of Sachin Tendulkar’s records if he continues showing impressive performance in the future.