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Virat Kohli

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Virat Kohli, one of the charismatic batsmen of the modern era, is the captain of the Indian national cricket team. He is a right-handed batsman and bowls right-arm medium. Kohli represented Delhi cricket team in various age group before making his first-class debut in 2006. He also showed his captaincy skills during the U-19 World Cup of 2008 in Malaysia and eventually won the World Cup by beating South Africa in a thrilling final. He made his international debut against Sri Lanka few months after winning the U-19 World Cup.

 

ODI career

 

Virat Kohli made his international debut against Sri Lanka in Dambulla as an opener and was dismissed for 12. Initially, Kohli was included in the Indian squad as a reserve batsman, but he soon established himself as a regular in the ODI middle-order and was part of the squad that won the 2011 World Cup. He scored his first international fifty in his 4th ODI against Sri Lanka while his first international century (117) came against the same side in 2009 as he stitched a 227-run partnership with Gautam Gambhir in a run chase. In 2010, Kohli became the fastest Indian batsman to reach 1,000 runs in ODI cricket. He played a significant role in India’s 2011 ICC World Cup win. Batting at number 3, he scored a century against Bangladesh and was part of a crucial fifty-run partnership for the 3rd wicket in the World Cup final. Kohli was appointed the vice-captain of the national ODI team in 2012. In ODIs, Kohli holds the world record for being the fastest batsman to reach 10,000 runs (205 innings). Kohli has the second-most number of centuries and the most number of centuries in run-chases in the world. Kohli holds numerous Indian batting records, including the fastest ODI century, the fastest batsman to reach 5,000 ODI runs and the fastest to hit 10 ODI centuries.

 

IPL career

 

Virat Kohli is one of the few cricketers who have played for the same franchise across all editions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) so far. He has been part of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) since the first season of IPL. Kohli was given a youth contract for RCB in 2008. In the first IPL, he scored merely 165 runs in 12 innings at an average of 15 and a strike rate of 105.09. In the 2011 season, Kohli was the only player who was retained by RCB and he was made the vice-captain. Kohli amassed a total of 557 runs at an average of 46.41, including 4 fifties. In IPL 2012, his form declined as he scored 364 runs. Kohli was appointed the RCB captain in 2013, but he could not take his team to the glory; his franchise finished 5th in the group stage. In 12 seasons of IPL, Virat Kohli has scored a total of 4,954 runs in 164 matches at an average of 38.10 and strike rate of 130.50. His highest score in IPL is 113.


T20I career

 

Virat Kohli made his T20I debut against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club on June 12, 2010. In this match, he scored unbeaten 26 runs to help India beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets. In 65 matches, Kohli has scored 2,167 runs at an average of 49.25 and strike rate of 136.12. In T20 Internationals, he has hit 19 half centuries but is still to score a century.

 

Test career

 

Virat Kohli made his Test debut in 2010 against Windies at Sabina Park. He was appointed the Test captain after Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s retirement from Test cricket in 2014. Kohli holds the record for the most number of consecutive wins in Tests (9) as captain. He also became the first batsman to score three centuries in his first three innings as Test captain. He is also the first Test captain to score a double century overseas.

 

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