30 Unique Facts We Bet You Never Knew About Virat Kohli


Virat Kohli, regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world, currently captains the India national team, has constantly been ranked as one of the most influential people in the world, as well as one of the world's most famous athletes. Here are some really interesting facts about Virat Kohli, the Indian international cricketer:

  1.  Kohli won the prestigious Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for being named the World Cricketer of the Year 2017. Apart from the award, he was also named ICC ODI cricketer of the Year and named the captain of both ICC Test and ODI team.
  2.  He is the youngest of three children to late Prem Kohli and Saroj Kohli, a housewife. He has an elder brother Vikash and an elder sister Bhavna.
  3.  He made his first-class debut against Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy tournament in November 2006, and scored 10 runs in the lone innings.
  4.  Kohli was in the midst of his fourth first-class match of his career, when his father died on December 18, 2006. He attended the funeral after scoring brave 90 against Karnataka.
  5.  His cricketing passion started at the age of eightat the West Delhi Cricket Academy under the coach Rajkumar Sharma, while pursuing his academics at Vishal Bharti Public School and Saviour Convent.
  6.  Kohli came to limelight in 2002, when he was selected to Delhi under-15 team and graduated to age group tournament before making it to India under-19 team in July 2006, for the tour of England.
  7.  He was the captain of victorious Indian Under-19 Cricket World Cup team of 2008, held in Malaysia. As the third highest run getter including two match winning performance, he led the team astutely to the title.
  8.  In March 2008, Kohli signed-up with Royal Challenger, Bangalore in the Indian Premier League on youth contract and went on to captain it by 2013 season. He became the first player to reach the 4000run milestone in the IPL.
  9.  Kohli made his senior team international debut on August 18, 2008, at the age of 19 years during the tour of Sri Lanka for the ODI series. As a makeshift opener he scored 12 runs and went on to make his first half century in his fourth match with 54 runs.
  10.  The turning point in his career was the tour of Australia in 2009, during the Emerging Players tournament where he finished as the leading run getter with 398, at an average of 66.38.
  11.  His first international century was against Sri Lanka when he scored 107 of 111 balls to record highest successful run chase at Eden Gardens. Gautam Gambhir who earned the man of the match award gifted it to Kohli for his fine performance.
  12.  Despite his indifferent form in 2010, he became the leading run getter in ODIs with 995 runs in 25 matches and also had the distinction of being the fastest Indian batsman to reach 1,000 runs in ODI cricket.
  13.  He became the first Indian to score a century on his World Cup debut match when he remained unbeaten on 100 in the match against Bangladesh during 2011 World Cup.
  14.  His 83 runs partnership with Gambhir for the third wicket paved the way for India to win the World Cup title and in the process he became the only Indian to win the Under-19 and senior World cup titles.
  15.  Kohli made his test debut on June 20, 2011, during the West Indies tour, where he succumbed to bowling ofFidel Edwards with highest score of 30 in six innings.
  16.  He ended the year 2011, as the leading run getter in the world cricket in ODIformat with 1381 runs in 34 innings which includes 4 centuries and 8 fifties, averaging 47.62 runs.
  17.  Kohli scored his maiden test century during the Indian tour of Australia, in the fourth and final match of the series. He scored 116 runs of 213 balls in first innings for a losing cause. He was the lone bright spot amidst nightmare visits for the Indians.
  18.  Chasing a score of 321 runs set by Sri Lanka in the Commonwealth Bank triangular series, Kohli smashed 133 not out in 86 balls to reach the target with 13 overs to spare. His innings was rated as one of the greatest ODI knock of all time.
  19.  On being appointed the vice-captain for the 2012 Asia Cup held in Bangladesh, he justified it by scoring 357 runs, as the leading run getter in the tournament. He scored two centuries including 183 of 148 balls against Pakistan, to record the highest individual score in Asia Cup and highest individual score by a player against Pakistan in ODIs.
  20.  Kohli captained India for the first time by default when M.S Dhoni injured himself during first ODI of the Triangular Series in the West Indies in 2013. He scored his first century as captain, making 102 of 83 balls in the second game of the series.
  21.  He scored the fastest century by an Indian in one-day international surpassing Virender Sehwag’s four year old record in the second one-dayers against Australia on October 16, 2013. He scored 100 of 52 balls also the fastest hundred against Australia.
  22.  After the conclusion of Australian seven-match ODI series in which he amassed344 runs, he was ranked number one in the ICC batting in ODIs for the first time on November 03, 2013.
  23.  He was named man of the tournament in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 championship where he made the most runs in a single twenty20 tournament with a total of 319 runs at an average of 106.33.
  24.  He had one of the worst forms of his life during the 2014 tour of England. He was dismissed for single digit scores on six occasions in the series averaging just 13.40 in 10 innings with top score of 39.
  25.  His innings of 141 of 175 balls chasing a target of 364 on the fifth day of the first test during the tour of Australia in December 2014, was hailed as the finest fourth-innings performance ever seen in Australia.
  26.  He was made the test captain on full-time basis following Dhoni’s retirement before the fourth test at Sydney. He scored 147 in the first innings to make history as the first batsman to score three hundred in his first three innings as Test captain.
  27.  He is the first batsman to score double centuries in four consecutive series breaking the record of Australian great Don Bradman and Rahul Dravid of India.
  28.  His tally of 2818 runs in all international formats in 2017 is the third-most for a batsman in a year. He averaged 68.73, with 11 centuries.
  29.  On December 11, 2017, he married Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, in a private ceremony in Florence, Italy.
  30.  He is the co-owner of F.C Goa, of the Indian Super League and the UAE Royals of the International Premier Tennis League. He also owns JSW-Bengaluru Yodhas franchise in Pro-Wrestling League.
  31.  Virat Kohli Net Worth: $60 Million

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