Virat Kohli (Hindi: [ʋɪˈɾɑːʈ ˈkoːɦliː] (listen); born 5 November 1988) is an Indian international cricketer and former captain of the India national cricket team. Widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Kohli plays as a right-handed batsman for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League and for Delhi in domestic Indian cricket. With 40 wins out of 68 tests, Kohli is India's most successful test captain, and one of the most successful test captains of all time, behind only Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh.

Virat Kohli
Shri Virat Kohli for Cricket, in a glittering ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on September 25, 2018 (cropped).JPG
Kohli at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi in 2018
Personal information
Born (1988-11-05) 5 November 1988 (age 34)
New Delhi, India
NicknameCheeku[1][a][b]
Height5 ft 9 in (175 cm)[3]
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleTop-order batter
RelationsAnushka Sharma (wife)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 269)20 June 2011 v West Indies
Last Test1 July 2022 v England
ODI debut (cap 175)18 August 2008 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI7 December 2022 v Bangladesh
ODI shirt no.18
T20I debut (cap 31)12 June 2010 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I10 November 2022 v England
T20I shirt no.18
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
2006–presentDelhi
2008–presentRoyal Challengers Bangalore
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 102 262 115 134
Runs scored 8,074 12,344 4,008 10,323
Batting average 49.53 57.68 52.73 50.60
100s/50s 27/28 43/64 1/37 34/36
Top score 254* 183 122* 254*
Balls bowled 175 641 152 643
Wickets 0 4 4 3
Bowling average 166.25 51.00 112.66
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/15 1/13 1/19
Catches/stumpings 102/– 138/– 50/– 133/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo,, 7 December 2022
Signature
Virat Kohli Signature.jpg

Kohli made his Test debut in 2011.[4] He reached the number one spot in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen for the first time in 2013.[5]  He has won Man of the Tournament twice at the ICC World Twenty20 (in 2014 and 2016). He is also the leading run scorer of all time in T20 Internationals as well as T20 World Cups.

Kohli has been the recipient of multiple awards– most notably the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Men's Cricketer of the Decade): 2011–2020; Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) in 2017 and 2018; ICC Test Player of the Year (2018); ICC ODI Player of the Year (2012, 2017, 2018) and Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World (2016, 2017 and 2018).[6] At the national level, he was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2013, the Padma Shri under the sports category in 2017[7] and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest sporting honour in India, in 2018.[8]

In 2016, he was ranked as one of the world's most famous athletes by ESPN[9] and one of the most valuable athlete brands by Forbes.[10] In 2018, Time magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.[11] In 2020, he was ranked 66th in Forbes list of the top 100 highest-paid athletes in the world for the year 2020 with estimated earnings of over $26 million.[12]

Early life

Virat Kohli was born on 5 November 1988 in New Delhi into a Punjabi Hindu family.[13] His father, Prem Kohli, worked as a criminal lawyer and his mother, Saroj Kohli, is a homemaker.[14][15] He has an older brother, Vikash, and an older sister, Bhavna.[16]

I remember noticing this pretty chubby, pretty naughty sort of youngster, who was not even ten, registering enthusiastically .

Rajkumar Sharma, [17]

Kohli was raised in Uttam Nagar[18] and started his schooling at Vishal Bharti Public School.[14][19] In 1998, the West Delhi Cricket Academy was created and a nine-year-old Kohli was part of its first intake.[18] Kohli trained at the academy under coach Rajkumar Sharma[15] and also played matches at the Sumeet Dogra Academy at Vasundhara Enclave at the same time.[18] In ninth grade, he shifted to Saviour Convent in Paschim Vihar to advance his cricket practice.[14][20] His family lived in Meera Bagh until 2015 when they moved to Gurgaon.[21]

Kohli's father died on 18 December 2006 due to a stroke after being bed-ridden for a month.[14]According to Kohli, his father supported his cricket training during his childhood, "My father was my biggest support. He was the one who drove me to practice everyday. I miss his presence sometimes."[22] His mother noted that:

Virat changed a bit after that day. Overnight he became a much more matured person. He took every match seriously. He hated being on the bench. It's as if his life hinged totally on cricket after that day. Now, he looked like he was chasing his father's dream which was his own too. [14]

Youth and domestic career

 
Kohli at post match event, India vs New Zealand, 2010

Delhi

Kohli first played for Delhi Under-15 team in October 2002 in the 2002–03 Polly Umrigar Trophy. He became the captain of the team for the 2003–04 Polly Umrigar Trophy. In late 2004, he was selected in the Delhi Under-17 team for the 2003–04 Vijay Merchant Trophy. Delhi Under-17s won the 2004–05 Vijay Merchant Trophy in which Kohli finished as the highest run-scorer with 757 runs from 7 matches with two centuries.[23] In February 2006, he made his List A debut for Delhi against Services but did not get to bat.[24]

Kohli made his first-class debut for Delhi against Tamil Nadu[25] in November 2006, at the age of 18, he was dismissed for 10 runs in his debut innings.[26] He came into the spotlight in December when he decided to play for his team against Karnataka on the day after his father's death and went on to score 90.[27] He went directly to the funeral after he got out in the match. He scored a total of 257 runs from 6 matches at an average of 36.71 in that season.[28]

India Under-19

In July 2006, Kohli was selected in the India Under-19 squad on its tour of England. He averaged 105 in the three-match ODI series against England Under-19s[29] and 49 in the three-match Test series.[30] India Under-19 went on to win both the series. In September, the India Under-19 team toured Pakistan. Kohli averaged 58 in the Test series[31] and 41.66 in the ODI series against Pakistan Under-19s.[32]

In April 2007, Virat made his T20 debut[33] and finished as the highest run-getter for his team in the Inter-State T20 Championship with 179 runs at an average of 35.80.[34] In July–August 2007, India Under-19 team toured Sri Lanka for the triangular series against Sri Lanka Under-19s and Bangladesh Under-19s, Kohli was the second highest run-getter with 146 runs at an average of 29 from 5 matches.[35][36] In the two-match Test series that followed, he scored 244 runs at an average of 122 including a century and a fifty.[37]

In February–March 2008, Kohli captained the victorious Indian team at the 2008 Under-19 Cricket World Cup held in Malaysia. Batting at number 3, he

"He is a very physical type of player. He likes to impose himself on the game, backs it up with his skill."

India's coach at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup Dav Whatmore on Kohli, [38]

scored 235 runs in 6 matches at an average of 47 and finished as the tournament's third-highest run-getter and one of the three batsmen to score a century in that tournament.[39][40] His century (100 runs from 74 balls) against the West Indies Under-19s in the group stage, which was called "the innings of the tournament" by ESPNcricinfo, gave India a 50-run victory and earned Kohli the man of the match.[41] He helped India in a three-wicket semi-final win over New Zealand Under-19s by taking 2 wickets and scoring 43 runs in the run-chase and was awarded the man of the match.[42][43] He scored 19 against South Africa Under-19s in the final which India won by 12 runs (courtesy to D/L method).[44]

In June 2008, Kohli and his Under-19 teammates Pradeep Sangwan and Tanmay Srivastava were awarded the Border-Gavaskar scholarship. The scholarship allowed the three players to train for six weeks at Cricket Australia's Centre of Excellence in Brisbane.[40] He was also picked in the squad of India Emerging Players for the four-team Emerging Players Tournament and scored 206 runs in six matches at an average of 41.20.[45]

Early international career

In August 2008, Kohli was included in the Indian ODI squad for tour of Sri Lanka and the Champions Trophy in Pakistan. Prior to the Sri Lankan tour, Kohli had played only eight List A matches.[46] So, his selection was called a "surprise call-up".[47] During the Sri Lankan tour, as both

first-choice openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were injured, Kohli batted as a makeshift opener throughout the series.[48] He made his international debut at the age of 19 in the first ODI of that tour and was dismissed on the score of 12 runs.[49] In the same series he scored his first ODI half century, a score of 54 in the fourth match.[49]

After the postponement of the Champions Trophy to 2009, Kohli was picked as a replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan in the India A squad for the unofficial Tests against Australia A in September 2008.[50]

Kohli, after recovering from a minor shoulder injury, returned to the national team replacing the injured Gautam Gambhir in the Indian squad for the tri-series in Sri Lanka.[51] He batted at number 4 for India in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy as Yuvraj Singh suffered from an injury.[52] He found a place in the home ODI series against Sri Lanka in December 2009 and scored 27[53] and 54 in the first two ODIs before making way for Yuvraj who regained fitness for the third ODI. However, Yuvraj's finger injury reoccurred leading to him being ruled out indefinitely.[54][55] Kohli returned to the team in the fourth ODI at Kolkata and scored his maiden ODI century–107 off 114 balls–sharing a 224-run partnership for the third wicket with Gambhir.[49][56] India won by seven wickets to seal the series 3–1.[49]

Tendulkar was rested for the tri-nation ODI tournament in Bangladesh in January 2010,[57] which enabled Kohli to play in each of India's five matches.[58] During this series he became only the third Indian batsman to score two ODI centuries before their 22nd birthday.[59] Kohli was much praised for his performances during the series[60][61] as the leading run scorer of the series with 275 runs from five innings at an average of 91.66.[62]

Rise through the ranks

 
Kohli batting in an ODI against New Zealand in December 2010

Kohli's first foray into leadership on an international level was when he was made vice-captain for the tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe in May–June 2010, this came about as many more established players were rested for the tour.[63] Kohli made 168 runs at an average of 42.00 including two fifties,.[64] During the series, Kohli became the fastest Indian batsman to reach 1,000 runs in ODI cricket.[65] He made his International T20 debut against Zimbabwe at Harare and scored an unbeaten 26.[66] Later that month, Kohli batted at 3 in an Indian team throughout the 2010 Asia Cup and scored a total of 67 runs at an average of 16.75.[67] His struggles with form continued in the tri-series against Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Sri Lanka where he averaged 15.[68]

Despite his poor run of form, Kohli was retained in the ODI squad for a three-match series against Australia in October, and in the only completed match of the series at Visakhapatnam,he scored his third ODI century.[69] Winning the man of the match, he admitted that he was under pressure to keep his place in the team after failures in the previous two series.[70] During the home ODI series against New Zealand, Kohli scored a match winning century in the first match, this was his fourth ODI hundred and second in succession.[71] Indian team was victorious with 5–0 whitewash over New Zealand, while Kohli's performances in the series helped him establish his position in the ODI team[72] and made him a strong contender for a spot in India's World Cup squad.[73] He was India's leading run scorer in ODIs in 2010, with 995 runs from 25 matches at an average of 47.38 including three centuries and seven fifties.[74]

Kohli was India's leading run scorer in the five-match ODI series of the South African tour in January 2011, with 193 runs including two fifties, both in Indian defeats.[75] During the series, he jumped to number two spot on the ICC Rankings for Men's ODI batters,[76] and was named in India's 15-man squad for the World Cup.[77]

Kohli played in every match of India's successful World Cup campaign. He scored an unbeaten 100 in the first match against Bangladesh and became the first Indian batsman to score a century on World Cup debut.[78] In the final against Sri Lanka at Mumbai, he scored 35, sharing an 83 runs partnership with Gambhir for the third wicket after India had lost both openers within seven overs while chasing 275.[79][80]

Consistent performances in international cricket

 
Kohli fielding during a match in December 2010

Breakthrough in Test cricket

When India toured the West Indies in June–July 2011, they selected a largely inexperienced squad, resting Tendulkar while others such as Gambhir and Sehwag missed out due to injuries. Kohli was one of three uncapped players in the Test squad.[81] He found success in the ODI series with a total of 199 runs at an average of 39.80 helping India in 3–2 win over West Indies .[82] His best efforts came in the second ODI at Port of Spain where he won the man of the match for his score of 81 which gave India a seven-wicket victory[83] and the fifth ODI at Kingston where his innings of 94 came in a seven-wicket defeat.[49] Kohli made his Test debut at Kingston in the first match of the Test series that followed. He batted at 5th position and was dismissed on scores of 4 and 15 ,caught behind off the bowling of Fidel Edwards in both innings.[84] India went on to win the Test series 1–0 but Kohli amassed just 76 runs from five innings,[85] struggling against the short ball.[86]

Initially got dropped from the Test squad for India's four-match series in England in July and August due to poor performance in his debut series. However Kohli was recalled as a replacement for the injured Yuvraj,[87] though he did not get to play in any match of that series. He found moderate success in the subsequent ODI series in which he averaged 38.80.[88] His score of 55 in the first ODI at Chester-le-Street was followed by a string of low scores in the next three matches.[49] In the last game of the series at Cardiff, Kohli scored his sixth ODI hundred–107 runs off 93 balls–and shared 170 runs partnership with Rahul Dravid for the third wicket,[89] who was playing his last ODI match.[90] Kohli was dismissed hit wicket in that innings .It was the only century in the series by any player of either team and earned him praise for his "hard work" and "maturity".[91]

In October 2011, Kohli was the leading run scorer of the five-match home ODI series against England which India won 5–0. He scored a total of 270 runs across five matches at an average of 90. This included unbeaten knock of 112 from 98 balls at Delhi, where he put on an unbroken 209 run partnership with Gambhir.[92] Followed by innings of 86 at Mumbai, both the knocks came in successful run chases.[49][93] Owing to his ODI success, Kohli was included in the Test squad to face the West Indies in November. He was selected in the final match of the series at Mumbai in which he scored a pair of fifties.[94] India won the subsequent ODI series 4–1 in which Kohli managed to accumulate 243 runs at 60.75.[95] During the series, Kohli scored his eighth ODI century and his second at Visakhapatnam, where he made 117 off 123 balls in India's run chase of 270.[96] A knock which raised his reputation as "an expert of the chase".[97] Kohli ended up as the leading run-getter in ODIs for the year 2011, with 1381 runs from 34 matches at 47.62 including four centuries and eight fifties.[98]

During tour of Australia in December 2011, Kohli failed to go past 25 in the first two Tests, as his defensive technique was exposed.[99] While fielding on the boundary during the second day of the second match at Sydney, he gestured to the crowd with his middle finger for which he was fined 50% of his match fee by the match referee.[100] He top scored in each of India's innings in the third Test at Perth with scores of 44 and 75, even as India got their second consecutive innings defeat.[101][102] In the fourth and final match at Adelaide, Kohli scored his maiden Test century of 116 runs in the first innings.[103] India suffered a 0–4 whitewash and Kohli, India's top run-scorer in the series was described as "the lone bright spot in an otherwise nightmare visit for the tourists".[104]

Excellence in ODIs

In the first seven matches of the Commonwealth Bank triangular series that India played against hosts Australia and Sri Lanka, Kohli made two fifties–77 at Perth and 66 at Brisbane,both against Sri Lanka.[49] Being set a target of 321 by Sri Lanka, Kohli came to the crease with India's score at 86/2 and went on to score 133 not out from 86 balls to take India to a comfortable win with 13 overs to spare.[105] India earned a bonus point with the win and Kohli was named Man of the Match for his knock.[106] Former Australian cricketer and commentator Dean Jones rated Kohli's innings as "one of the greatest ODI knocks of all time".[107] However, Sri Lanka beat Australia three days later in their last group fixture and knocked India out of the series.[108] With 373 runs at 53.28, Kohli finished as India's highest run-scorer and lone centurion of the series.[109]

 
Kohli fielding during a CB Series match against Australia in February 2012

Kohli was appointed the vice-captain for the 2012 Asia Cup in Bangladesh on the back of his fine performances in Australia. Kohli was in fine form during the tournament, finishing as the leading run-scorer with 357 runs at an average of 119.[110] He scored 108 in the first match against Sri Lanka leading India to 50 runs victory.[111] India lost their next match to Bangladesh in which he made 66.[49] In the final group stage match against Pakistan, he scored his personal best of 183 from 148 balls, his 11th ODI century. He helped India to chase down 330, their highest successful ODI run chase at the time.[112][49] His knock was the highest individual score in Asia Cup history surpassing previous record of 144 by Younis Khan in 2004 and the joint second highest score along with Dhoni in an ODI run-chase.It also became the highest individual score against Pakistan in ODIs.[113] Kohli was awarded the man of the match in both the matches that India won[111][112] nonetheless India could not progress to the final of the tournament.[114]

In July–August 2012, Kohli struck two centuries in the five-match ODI tour of Sri Lanka ,106 off 113 balls at Hambantota and 128* off 119 balls at Colombo, winning man of the match in both games.[115][116] India won the series 4–1 and Kohli was named player of the series.[117] In the one-off T20I that followed, he scored a 48 ball 68, his first T20I fifty, and yet again won the player of the series award.[118] Kohli scored his second Test century at Bangalore during New Zealand's tour of India and won man of the match for his century.[119] India won the two match series 2–0 and Kohli averaged 106 that includes a hundred and two fifties from three innings.[120][119] In the subsequent T20I series, he scored 70 runs off 41 balls but India lost the match by one run and the series 1–0.[121] He continued to be in good form during the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, with 185 runs he was highest run-getter among Indian batsmen.[122] He hit two fifties during the tournament, against Afghanistan and Pakistan, winning man of the match for both his innings.[123][124] For his performances he was named in the ICC 'Team of the Tournament'.[125]

"I love watching Virat Kohli bat. He looks to me like an individual of my own heart. I love his aggression, and he has serious passion that I used to have. He reminds me of myself."

Former West Indies captain Sir Viv Richards on Kohli., [126]

Kohli's Test form dipped during the first three matches of England's tour of India, between October 2012 and January 2013, with a top score of 20 and England leading the series 2–1.[84] He scored a patient 103 from 295 balls in the last match.[127][128] However, the match ended in a draw and England won their first Test series in India in 28 years.[129] Against Pakistan in December 2012, Kohli averaged 18 in the T20Is[130] and 4.33 in the ODIs.[131] Troubled by the fast bowlers, particularly Junaid Khan who dismissed him on all three occasions in the ODI series.[132] Kohli had a quiet ODI series against England, apart from a match-winning 77* in the third ODI[133] with a total of 155 runs at an average of 38.75.[134]

Kohli scored his fourth Test century (107) at Chennai in the first match of the home Test series against Australia in February 2013.[84] India completed a 4–0 series sweep, becoming the first team to whitewash Australia in more than four decades.[135] Kohli averaged 56.80 in the series .[136]

In June 2013, Kohli featured in the ICC Champions Trophy in England which India won. He scored a 144 against Sri Lanka in warm-up match.[137] He scored 31, 22 and 22* in India's group matches against South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan respectively.[49] In sync India qualified for the semi-finals with an undefeated record.[138] In the semi-final against Sri Lanka at Cardiff, he struck 58* in an eight-wicket win for India.[49] The final between India and England at Birmingham was reduced to 20 overs after a rain delay. India batted first and Kohli top-scored with 43 from 34 ball, helping India reach 129/7 in 20 overs. India went on to secure a five run win and their second consecutive ICC ODI tournament victory.[139][140] He was also named as part of the 'Team of the Tournament' by the ICC.[141]

Setting records

 
Kohli batting against South Africa in Cardiff during the Champions Trophy in June 2013

Kohli stood in as the captain for the first ODI of the triangular series in the West Indies after Dhoni injured himself during the match. India lost the match by one wicket and Dhoni was subsequently ruled out of the series with Kohli being named the captain for the remaining matches.[142] In his second match as captain, Kohli scored his first century as captain, making 102 off 83 balls against the West Indies at Port of Spain in a bonus point win for India.[143][144] Many senior players including Dhoni were rested for the five-match ODI tour of Zimbabwe in July 2013. Kohli was therefore appointed as captain for an entire series .[145] In the first game of the series at Harare, he struck 115 runs from 108 balls, helping India chase down the target of 229 and winning the man of the match award.[146] He batted on two more occasions in the series in which he had scores of 14 and 68*.[49] India completed a 5–0 sweep of the series; their first in an away ODI series.[147]

"I always had a different kind of feeling when I started working with Virat Kohli. From the beginning, I was very sure that he was a rare talent and would become a great player. He grew massively in these past few years and has matured a lot. I was fortunate to be part of that process of seeing him grow and that give me immense pleasure."

Gary Kirsten, who was India's coach from 2008 to 2011, on Kohli, [148]

Kohli had a successful time with the bat in the seven-match ODI series against Australia. After top-scoring with 61 in the opening loss at Pune,[149] he struck the fastest century by an Indian in ODIs in the second match at Jaipur. Reaching the milestone in just 52 balls and putting up an unbroken 186 run partnership for second wicket with Rohit Sharma , that came in 17.2 overs.[150] Kohli's innings of 100* helped India chase down the target of 360 with more than six overs to spare. This chase was the second-highest successful run-chase in ODI cricket at the time while Kohli's knock became the fastest century against Australia and third fastest in a run chase.[151] He followed that innings with 68 in the next match at Mohali in another Indian defeat.[152] In the sixth ODI at Nagpur, he struck 115 off only 66 balls to help India successfully chase the target of 351 and level the series 2–2 .[153] He reached the tiple-digit figure in 61 balls, making it the third fastest ODI century by an Indian batsman subsequently became the fastest batsman in the world to score 17 hundreds in ODI cricket.[154] India clinched the series after winning the last match in which he was run out for a duck.[155] At the conclusion of the series, Kohli moved to the top position in the ICC ODI batsmen rankings for the first time in his career.[5]

Kohli batted twice in the two-match Test series against the West Indies, and had scores of 3 and 57 .[156][157] This was also the last Test series for Tendulkar and Kohli was expected to take Tendulkar's number 4 batting position after the series.[158] In the first game of the three-match ODI series that followed at Kochi, Kohli made 86 to seal a six wicket win and won the man of the match.[159] He missed out on his third century at Visakhapatnam in the next match, after being dismissed for 99 while playing a hook shot off Ravi Rampaul.[160][161] India lost the match by two wickets,[161] but took the series 2–1 after winning the last match at Kanpur.[162] With 204 runs at 68.00, Kohli finished the series as the leading run-getter and was awarded the man of the series.[163][162]

2013–14 overseas season

 
Virat Kohli batting against UAE during 2015 Cricket World Cup

India toured South Africa in December 2013 for three ODIs and two Tests. Kohli averaged 15.50 in the ODIs including a duck.[164] In the first Test at Johannesburg, playing his first Test in South Africa[165] and batting at 4 for the first time,[84] Kohli scored 119 and 96. His hundred was the first by a subcontinent batsman at the venue since 1998.[166] The match ended in a draw and Kohli was awarded man of the match.[167] India failed to win a single match on the tour, losing the second Test by 10 wickets in which he made 46 and 11.[84]

During New Zealand tour, he averaged 58.21 in the five-match ODI series[168] in which his all efforts went in vain as India were defeated 4–0. He made 214 runs at 71.33 in the two-match Test series that followed[169] including an unbeaten 105 on the last day of the second Test at Wellington that helped India save the match.[170]

"Kohli is the next chosen one. He exudes the intensity of Dravid, the audacity of Sehwag, and the extraordinary range of Tendulkar. That doesn't make him better, simply sui generis, his own unique kind."

Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe on Kohli, [171]

India then traveled to Bangladesh for the Asia Cup and World Twenty20. Dhoni was ruled out of the Asia Cup after suffering a side strain during the New Zealand tour, which led to Kohli being named the captain for the tournament.[172] Kohli scored 136 off 122 balls in India's opening match against Bangladesh, sharing a 213 run third wicket stand with Ajinkya Rahane, which helped India successfully chase 280.[173] It was his 19th ODI century and his fifth in Bangladesh, making him the batsman with most ODI centuries in Bangladesh.[174] India were knocked out of the tournament after narrow losses against Sri Lanka and Pakistan in which Kohli scored 48 and 5 respectively.[49] Dhoni returned from injury to captain the team for 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and Kohli was named vice-captain. He scored 54 off 41 balls in the game against West Indies and an unbeaten 57 from 50 balls against Bangladesh, both in successful run chases.[66] In the semi-final, he made an unbeaten 72 in 44 deliveries to help India achieve the target of 173.[175] He won the man of the match for this knock. In the final against Sri Lanka India posted the target of 130/4 in which Kohli top scored 77 from 58 balls. Notwithstanding India lost the match by six wickets.[176] Kohli made a total of 319 runs in the tournament at an average of 106.33, a record for most runs by an individual batsman in a single World Twenty20 tournament.[177] For his achievement he won the Man of the Tournament award.[176]

India conceded a 3–1 defeat in the five-match Test series against England. Kohli failed poorly in the series averaging just 13.40 in 10 innings scoring 134 runs overall with a top score of 39.[178] It was a nightmare tour for him as he was dismissed for single-digit scores on six occasions in the series and was particularly susceptible to the swinging ball on off stump line, being dismissed several times edging the ball to the wicket-keeper or slip fielders. Man of the series James Anderson got Kohli's wicket four times[179] while Kohli's batting technique was questioned by analysts and former cricketers.[180][181] India won the ODI series that followed 3–1, but Kohli's struggles with the bat continued as he averaged 18 in four innings.[182] In the one-off T20I, he scored 41-ball 66, his first fifty plus score of the tour. India lost the match by three runs, but Kohli reached the number one spot for T20I batsmen in the ICC rankings.[183]

Kohli had a successful time during India's home ODI series win over the West Indies in October 2014. His 62 in the second ODI at Delhi was his first fifty across Tests and ODIs in 16 innings since February[184] and he stated that he got his "confidence back" with the innings.[185] He struck his 20th ODI hundred by scoring 127 runs off 114 balls in the fourth match at Dharamsala. India registered a 59-run victory and Kohli was awarded man of the match.[186] Dhoni was rested for the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in November enabling Kohli to lead the team for another full series. Kohli batted at 4 throughout the series and made scores of 22, 49, 53 and 66 in the first four ODIs with India leading the series 4–0. In the fifth ODI at Ranchi, he made an unbeaten 139 off 126 balls to give his team a three-wicket win and a whitewash of Sri Lanka.[187] Kohli was awarded player of the series and it was the second whitewash under his captaincy.[188] During the series he became the fastest batter in the world to go past the 6000-run mark in ODIs at the time.[189] With 1054 ODI runs at 58.55 in 2014, he became the second player in the world after Sourav Ganguly to make more than 1,000 runs in ODIs for four consecutive calendar years.[190]

Captaincy

 
Virat Kohli after scoring a hundred against England in 2018 Test series

Australia tour of 2014–15

For the first Test of the Australian tour in December 2014, Dhoni was not part of the Indian team at Adelaide due to an injury and Kohli took the reins as Test captain for the first time.[191] Kohli scored 115 in India's first innings, becoming the fourth Indian to score a hundred on Test captaincy debut.[192] In their second innings, India were set a target of 364 to be scored on the fifth day. Kohli put on 185 runs for the third wicket with Murali Vijay before Vijay's dismissal, which triggered a batting collapse. From 242/2, India was bowled out for 315 with Kohli's 141 off 175 balls being the top score.[193]

Dhoni returned to the team as captain for the second match at Brisbane where Kohli scored 19 and 1 in a four-wicket defeat for India.[84] In the Melbourne Boxing Day Test, he made his personal best Test score(of that time) of 169 in the first innings while sharing a 262 runs partnership with Rahane that was India's biggest partnership outside Asia in ten years.[194] Kohli followed it with a score of 54 in India's second innings on the fifth day helping his team draw the Test match.[84] Dhoni announced his retirement from Test cricket at the conclusion of this match and Kohli was appointed as the full-time Test captain ahead of the fourth Test at Sydney.[195][196] Captaining the Test team for the second time, Kohli hit 147 in the first innings of the match and became the first batsman in Test cricket history to score three hundreds in his first three innings as Test captain.[197] He was dismissed for 46 in the second innings and the match ended in a draw.[198] Kohli's total of 692 runs in four Tests was the most by any Indian batsman in a Test series in Australia.[197]

In January 2015, India failed to win a single match in the tri-nation ODI series against the hosts Australia and England. Kohli was unable to replicate his Test success in ODIs, failing to make a two-digit score in any of the four games.[49] Kohli's ODI form did not improve in the lead-up to the World Cup, with scores of 18 and 5 in the warm-up matches against Australia and Afghanistan respectively.

In the first match of the World Cup against Pakistan at Adelaide, Kohli hit 107 in 126 balls. For his knock, he was awarded the man of the match award.[199] Kohli also became first Indian batsman to score a century against Pakistan in a World Cup match.[200] He was dismissed for 46 in India's second match against South Africa. India went on to register a 130-run victory in the match. India batted second in their remaining four group matches in which Kohli scored 33*, 33, 44* and 38 against UAE, West Indies, Ireland and Zimbabwe respectively.[49] India went on to secure wins in these four fixtures and top the Pool B points with an undefeated record.[201] In India's 109-run victory in the quarter-final over Bangladesh, Kohli was dismissed by Rubel Hossain for 3 runs edging the ball to the wicket-keeper. India was eliminated in the semi-final by Australia at Melbourne, where Kohli was dismissed for 1 off 13 balls.[49]

After 2015 Cricket World Cup

Kohli had a slump in form when India toured Bangladesh in June 2015. He contributed only 14 in the one-off Test which ended in a draw and averaged 16.33 in the ODI series which Bangladesh won 2–1.[202] Kohli ended his streak of low scores by scoring his 11th Test hundred in the first Test of the Sri Lankan tour which India lost. India won the next two matches to seal the series 2–1, Kohli's first series win as Test captain and India's first away Test series win in four years.[203]

During South Africa's tour of India, Kohli became the fastest batsman in the world at that time to make 1,000 runs in T20I cricket, reaching the milestone in his 27th innings.[204] In the ODI series, he made a century in the fourth ODI at Chennai that helped India win and level the series.[205] India lost the series after a defeat in the final ODI and Kohli finished the series with an average of 49.[206] India came back to beat the top ranked South African team 3–0 in the four-match Test series under Kohli's captaincy, and climbed to number two position on the ICC Test rankings.[207] Virat scored a total of 200 runs in the series at 33.33.[84]Kohli started 2016 with scores of 91 and 59 in the first two ODIs of the limited-overs tour of Australia. He followed it up with a pair of hundreds, a run-a-ball 117 at Melbourne and 106 from 92 balls at Canberra. During the course of the series he became the fastest batsman in the world to cross the 7000-run mark in ODIs, getting to the milestone in his 161st innings and the fastest to get to 25 centuries. After the ODI series ended in a 1–4 loss, the Indian team came back to whitewash the Australians 3–0 in the T20I series. Kohli made fifties in all three T20Is with scores of 90*,[208] 59*[209] and 50, winning two man of the matches as well as the man of the series award.[210] He was also instrumental in India winning the Asia Cup in Bangladesh the following month in which he scored 49 in a run-chase of 84 against Pakistan[211] followed by an unbeaten 56 against Sri Lanka and 41 not out in the Final against Bangladesh.[212]

Kohli maintained his good form in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India, scoring 55* in another successful run-chase against Pakistan.[213] He struck an unbeaten 82 from 51 balls in India's must-win group match against Australia in "an innings of sheer class" with "clean cricket shots".[214][215] It helped India win by six wickets and register a spot in the semi-final. In the semi-final, Kohli top scored with an unbeaten 89 from 47 deliveries, but West Indies overhauled India's total of 192 and ended India's campaign.[216] His total of 273 runs in five matches at an average of 136.50 earned him his second consecutive Man of the Tournament award at the World Twenty20.[217] He was named as captain of the 'Team of the Tournament' for the 2016 World Twenty20 by the ICC.[218]

Consistent performances in Test cricket

 
Virat Kohli batting against England at Trent Bridge

Playing his first Test in the West Indies since his debut series, Kohli scored 200 in the first Test at Antigua to ensure an innings-and-92-run win for India, their biggest win ever outside of Asia. It was his first double hundred in first-class cricket and the first made away from home by an Indian captain in Tests.[219] India went on to wrap the series 2–0 and briefly top the ICC Test Rankings before being displaced by Pakistan at the position. He scored another double hundred, 211 at Indore in the third Test against New Zealand as India's 3–0 whitewash victory saw them regain the top position in the ICC Test Rankings.[220] In the subsequent ODI series, Kohli set up two wins for India batting second with unbeaten knocks of 85 and 154.[221] He then made 65 in the series-deciding fifth game at Visakhapatnam which India won.

Kohli got double centuries in the next two Test series against England and Bangladesh, making him the first batsman ever to score double centuries in four consecutive series. He broke the record of Australian great Donald Bradman and Rahul Dravid, both of whom had managed to get three. Against England, he got his then-highest Test score of 235.[222]

2017 ICC Champions Trophy

Virat Kohli got the chance to captain in an ICC tournament for the first time in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. In the semi-final against Bangladesh, Kohli scored 96* and became the fastest batsman in terms of innings to reach 8,000 runs in ODIs in 175 innings.[223] India reached the final, but lost to Pakistan by 180 runs. In the third over of Indian innings, Virat Kohli was dropped in the slips for just five runs but caught the next ball by Shadab Khan at point on the bowling of Mohammad Amir.[224] He was also named as part of the 'Team of the Tournament' at the 2017 Champions Trophy by the ICC.[225]

Post Champions Trophy performances

He carried on his form with ODI centuries against the West Indies and Sri Lanka in consecutive series, equalling Ricky Ponting's tally of 30 ODI centuries.[226][227][228] In October 2017, he was adjudged the ODI player of the series against New Zealand for scoring two ODI centuries, during the course of which he made a new record for the most runs (8,888), best average (55.55) and highest number of centuries (31) for any batsman when completing 200 ODIs.[229][230] Kohli made several more records during the 3 match Test series against Sri Lanka at home in November. After scoring a century and a double century in the first two Tests, he ended up scoring yet another double century in the third Test during which he became the eleventh Indian batsman to surpass 5000 runs in Test cricket while scoring his 20th Test century and 6th double century.[231] During this match he also became the first batsman to score six double hundreds as a captain.[232] With 610 runs in the series, Kohli also became the highest run-scorer by an Indian in a three-match Test series and the fourth-highest overall.[233] India comfortably won the three-match series 1–0 and Kohli was adjudged man of the match for the second and third Test matches and player of the series. With this win, India equaled Australia for the record streak of nine consecutive series wins in Test cricket.[234] He ended the year with 2818 international runs, which is recorded as the third-highest tally ever in a calendar year and the highest tally ever by an Indian player.[233] The ICC named Kohli as captain of both their World Test XI and ODI XI for 2017.[235]

Overseas season and West Indies at home

 
Kohli fielding in a Test match against England at Trent Bridge in 2018

Kohli farely average in the Test matches as India lost 1–2 during the South Africa tour in 2018 but came back strongly to score 558 runs in the 6 ODIs making a record for the highest runs scored in a bilateral ODI series.[236] This included three centuries, remaining unbeaten in two with a best of 160*.[237] India won the ODI series 5–1and Kohli became the first Indian captain to win an ODI series in South Africa.[238]

In March 2018, Kohli showed interest to county cricket in England in June in order to improve his batting before the start of India's tour to England the following month.[239][240] He signed to play for Surrey but a neck injury ruled him out of his stint in England before it even began.[241] On 2 August, Kohli scored his first Test century on English soil in the first test match of the series against England.[242] On 5 August, Kohli displaced Steve Smith to become the No. 1 ranked Test batsman in the ICC Test rankings. He also became the seventh Indian batsman and first since Sachin Tendulkar in June 2011 to achieve this feat.[243] In the third test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Kohli scored 97 and 103 and helped India win by 203 runs.[244] At the end of 5-match test series, Kohli scored 593 runs which was third highest runs by an Indian batsman in a losing test series. Kohli's consistent performance in the series against the moving ball when other batsman failed to perform was hailed by British Media as one of his finest. The Guardian describes Kohli's batting display as One of the Greatest batting display in a losing cause.[245][246]

During ODI series against West Indies in 2018, Kohli became the 12th batsman and fastest player to score 10,000 ODI runs.[247] He surpassed the milestone with 205 innings which is 54 innings less than the next quickest to the landmark, Sachin Tendulkar.[248] In the course he scored his 37th ODI century. On 27 October, after scoring his 38th ODI century Kohli became the first batsman for India, first captain and tenth overall to score three successive centuries in ODIs.[249] He ended up scoring 453 runs in 5 innings at an average of 151.00 in the 5-match series and was the Player of the Series.[250]

On 16 December 2018 in the 2018–2019 Border Gavaskar Trophy, Kohli scored his 25th test hundred in Perth. His knock of 123 was his 6th hundred in three tours to Australia making him the only Indian to score 6 test hundreds in Australia after Sachin Tendulkar.[251] He also became the fastest Indian and second fastest overall (125 innings) to score 25 test hundreds,[252] second only to Donald Bradman (68 innings) which was bettered by Steven Smith during 2019 Ashes (119 innings).[253] Kohli's knock was rated by several analysts and former cricketers as one of his finest against a quality Australian attack.[254][255] Although he broke several records in the game his innings proved to be insufficient as India went down by 146 runs as Australia leveled the series with two tests remaining.[256][257] Overall, he finished the series with 282 runs at an average of 40.[258] By winning the test series in Australia he had become the first Indian and also the first Asian skipper to win a test series in Australia. He was again named as captain of both the World Test XI and ODI XI for 2018 by the ICC.[259]

2019 Cricket World Cup

In April 2019, he was named the captain of India's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[260][261] On 16 June 2019, in India's match against Pakistan, Kohli became the fastest batsman in terms of innings to score 11,000 runs in ODI cricket. He reached the landmark in his 222nd innings.[262] Eleven days later in the match against the West Indies, Kohli became the fastest cricketer in terms of innings to score 20,000 runs in international cricket, doing so in his 417th innings.[263] Kohli scored five consecutive fifty plus scores in the tournament . None the less India lost the semi-final against New Zealand in which Kohli was out for just a run.

Post 2019 World Cup performances

In October 2019, Kohli captained India for the 50th time in Test cricket in the second Test against South Africa.[264] In the first innings of the match, Kohli scored an unbeaten 254 runs which is his personnel best at same time passing 7,000 runs in Tests in the process subsequently became the first batsman for India to score seven double centuries in Test cricket.[265][266] In November 2019, during the day/night Test match against Bangladesh, Kohli became the fastest captain to score 5,000 runs in Test cricket, doing so in his 86th innings.[267] In the same match, he also scored his 70th century in international cricket.[268]

India toured to New Zealand from January to March 2020 to play 5-match T20I series along with a 3 and 2-match ODI and test series respectively. During the tour, he only managed to score 218 runs across formats in 12 innings at an average of 19.81 with only one fifty plus score during first ODI. This was his lowest aggregate of runs in a tour where he played in all formats. India managed to win the T20I series 5–0 but during the ODI and Test leg of the tour they lost by 3–0 and 2–0 respectively.[269][270]

International cricket after Covid lockdown

The Indian team travelled to Australia in November 2020, touring until January 2021. During the ODI Series, Kohli managed to score two half-centuries in three innings with an aggregate of 173 runs at an average of 57.67. The second match against Australia was Kohli's 250th ODI match.[271] He was the highest run scorer in the T20I series for India with 134 runs and had average of 44.37. During the first test of the tour played as Day/night match at Adelaide, Kohli scored 74 before being run out[272] followed by 4 runs in the next innings.[273] After the first Test, Kohli left the tour on paternity leave as he was expecting the birth of his first child.[274]

In November 2020, Kohli was nominated for the Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade as well as Test, ODI and T20I player of the decade. He won the awards for Male cricketer of the decade and ODI cricketer of the decade.[275][276]

The English cricket team's tour of India in 2020–2021 began with a long 4-match Test series. Kohli made 172 runs across 4 Test matches, at an average of 28.66 with 2 half-centuries and 2 ducks. During the second test at Chepauk, he scored 62 on a pitch which English batting great Geoffrey Boycott described as a template to bat and score runs on a turning pitch.[277][278] In 2020, Kohli scored a combined (Test, ODI and T20I) total of 842 runs from 24 innings with highest score of 89 and an average of 36.60.[279]

Kohli was dismissed for a duck again in the 1st T20I of a 5-match series. However, he found his form in the latter part of the series and ended the series as the highest run-scorer from both sides with 231 runs to his name and 3 half-centuries at an average of 115.50 as India clinched the series 3–2. Kohli was adjudged as the Man of the Series for his performances.[280][281] During the second T20I, Kohli became the first ever batsman to complete 3,000 runs in the format.[282]

In the 3-match ODI series, Kohli scored 129 runs in 3 innings with 2 half-centuries at a moderate average of 43.00 as India won the series 2–1. During the 2nd ODI, Kohli became the second batsman after Ricky Ponting to score 10,000 runs batting at number 3.[283][284]

2021 World Test Championship Final

The 2021 ICC World Test Championship Final was played in June 2021, with India losing to New Zealand.[285] This was Kohli's third defeat as captain in a knockout game of an ICC tournament.[286] He scored 44 and 13 in two innings before getting dismissed by Kyle Jamieson on both occasions . [287]

Slump in form

The Indian cricket team toured England in 2021 for a 5-match test series. In the first innings of the first Test, Kohli was dismissed for a golden duck by James Anderson.[288] Kohli managed to score 2 fifties in the next 6 innings he played.[289] During the fifth test in 2022, where India was leading the series 2-1, Kohli scored a total of 31 runs and finished the series with 249 runs, a high score of 55 and an average of 27.66[290][291] England went on to win the match and draw the series 2-2.[292]

2021 T20 World Cup and retirement from captaincy

In September 2021, Kohli was named as the captain of India's squad for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup. Kohli also announced that he would step down as T20I captain after T20 World Cup.[293][294][295] India could not authorize its position in the semi-final which was the first time in the 9 years[296]

In December 2021, Kohli was replaced by Rohit Sharma as India's ODI captain. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly later explained the decision to drop Kohli as ODI captain by saying that the selectors did not feel right to have two white ball captains.[297] Later Ganguly said that BCCI had told Virat to not step down as T20I captain.[298][299] Virat Kohli, during a press conference contradicted the BCCI President and said that his decision of stepping down as captain was "received well" and termed as "progressive" by the BCCI officials.[300] He also claimed that chief selector Chetan Sharma informed him 90-minutes before the announcement of the Test squad for India's tour of South Africa about the removal from ODI captaincy.[300] More than a week later during the announcement of squad for ODI series versus South Africa, Chetan Sharma contradicted Kohli by saying that officials had asked Virat to reconsider his decision of stepping down as T20I captain.[301]

Later in 2021 and early 2022, the Indian cricket team toured South Africa for a 3-match test series and a 3-match ODI series. Kohli managed to score 161 runs in the 4 innings of test series he played, averaging at 40.25. On 15 January 2022, Kohli also stepped down as India's Test captain, following the 2–1 test series defeat against South Africa [302][303] He could not play 2nd test of the series due to an injury.[304] India lost the series by 2–1, despite winning the first test.[305] In the ODI series, Kohli scored 116 runs in 3 innings, including two fifties, with an average of 38.66.[306] However South Africa swept the ODI series against India with a whitewash of 3-0.[307]

Post captaincy

The West Indian cricket team toured India in February 2022, for a 3-match ODI series and a 3-match T20I series. During the ODI series, Kohli scored 5,000 run in India in ODIs.[308] He scored a total of 26 runs from 3 innings at an abominable average of 8.66.[309] Kohli scored a total of 69 runs in T20I series at an average of 34.50 with the help of a half-century.[310]

The Sri Lankan cricket team toured India in February & March 2022 for a 3-match T20I series and 2-match test series. Kohli was rested for the T20I series.[311] Kohli amassed a total of 81 runs in 3 innings, in the 2-match test series, at an average of 27.0.[312] He also played his 100th Test match during the series.[313]

Following the fifth test, the Indian cricket team toured England for 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs in 2022. Kohli was not selected to play for the first T20I but was selected to play for the second . He finished the series with 12 runs in 2 innings at an average of 6, a high score of 11 anyhow India won the series 2-1[314] Kohli was selected to play during the first ODI but was ruled out due an injury in the groin.[315] Kohli failed to impress many and finished the ODI series with 33 runs from 2 innings with a high score of 17 and an average of 16.50 regardless India still won the ODI series 2-1.[316]

Return to form

Virat Kohli made his return to form in Asia Cup 2022, scoring 276 runs with an average of 92, during which he scored his maiden T20I century against Afghanistan, scoring 122* off 61 balls.[317] He later said in post match presentation that:

"Last two and a half years have taught me a lot. I am going to turn 34 in a month. So those angry celebrations are a thing of the past . I have had many suggestions, lot of advice has come my way; people were telling me I was doing this wrong, that wrong, I picked out all the videos from the best time I had; same initial movement, same approach towards the ball and it was just what was happening inside my head I wasn't able to explain it to anyone "

— Virat after scoring 71st century, [318]

He carried his good form into the T20 World Cup 2022. In the first game against Pakistan, Kohli scored 82* and won the match for his team by a close margin.[319] He rated this as his best innings in the format due to the magnitude which the game had.[320] Kohli ended up as the highest run scorer in the tournament, with 296 runs that included 4 fifties .[321]

Indian Premier League

 
Virat as the captain of RCB at 2015 IPL Opening Ceremony
Virat Kohli's record in IPL matches
Matches Runs HS 100s 50s Avg.
223[322] 6624 113 5 44 36.20

Following the Under-19 World Cup, Kohli was bought by the franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore for $30,000 on a youth contract.[323][324][325] He was the captain of Royal challengers Bangalore for 8 seasons but was futile in winning trophies.[326]

Kohli had a poor 2008 season, with a total of 165 runs in 12 innings at an average of 15.00 and a strike rate of 105.09.[327]

He did slightly better in the second season in which he made a total of 246 runs at 22.36, striking at over 112 while his team made it as far as the final.[328] In the 2010 season, Kohli was the third highest run-getter for his team with 307 runs, averaging 27.90 and improving his strike rate to 144.81.[329]

Kohli was the second-highest run-getter of the season, only behind teammate Chris Gayle and his team finished as runners-up. Kohli scored a total of 557 runs at an average of 46.41 and at the strike rate of over 121 including four fifties.[330] In the 2012 IPL, he averaged 28 and scored 364 runs.[331]

During 2013 season, Kohli averaged 45.28 and hit a total of 634 runs at a strike rate of over 138 including six fifties and a top-score of 99 and finished as the season's third-highest run-scorer.[332]

In IPL 2014, Kohli scored 359 runs in 14 matches with the batting average of 27.61, his strike rate was 122.10. He scored two 50 in this season with 73 remaining as his best score.[333] Bangalore finished seventh in the 2014 season .[334]

He found success with the bat in the 2015 IPL in which he led his team to the playoffs. He finished fifth on the season's leading run-getters list with 505 runs at an average of 45.90 and a strike rate of more than 130.[335]

At the 2016 IPL, the Royal Challengers finished runners-up and Kohli broke the record for most runs in an IPL season (of 733 runs) by scoring 973 runs in 16 matches at an average of 81.08, winning the Orange Cap as well as Most-valuable Player Award of Vivo IPL 2016.[336][337] He scored four centuries in the tournament, having never scored one in the Twenty20 format before the start of the season. He also became the first player to reach the 4000-run milestone in the IPL.[338] At the launch event of his biography, Driven: The Virat Kohli Story in New Delhi, in October 2016, Kohli announced that RCB would be the IPL franchise that he would permanently play for.[339]

Kohli missed the start of the 2017 season due to a shoulder injury.[340] Moreover, RCB finished the tournament at the bottom of the table, with Kohli scoring the most runs for his team, with 308 from 10 matches.[341] On the occasion of the 10 year anniversary of IPL, he was also named in the all-time Cricinfo IPL XI.[342]

In the 2018 season, Kohli was retained by RCB for a price of 170 million (US$2.1 million), the highest for any player that year.[343] Kohli scored 530 runs in the season and became the first batsman to score more than 500 runs in 5 different seasons.[344] Inspite of performances RCB failed to qualify for Playoffs and finished sixth on the points table.[345]

On 28 March 2019, Kohli became the second player to reach 5000 IPL runs after Suresh Raina.[346] In the same season, Kohli surpassed Raina to become leading runs scorer in IPL when he scored 84 runs in a match against KKR.[347]

In IPL 2020, he scored 466 runs in 15 games with an average of 42.36, his strike rate in this season was 121.35.[348]

On 22 April 2021, against Rajasthan Royals, Kohli became the first ever player to reach 6000 runs in IPL .[349] On 20 September, Royal Challengers Bangalore announced that Kohli would step down as captain following the 2021 IPL season.[350]

In 2022 season, he scored 341 runs in 16 innings with the average of 21.31 and strike rate 115.[351] In the match against Punjab Kings at Brabourne Stadium, he scored his 6500th IPL run.[352] In the last league match of the tournament against Gujarat Titans, Kohli completed 7000 runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore.[353]

Player profile

Playing style

 
Kohli playing his famous flick shot in CWC 2015

Kohli is considered an aggressive batsman[354] with strong technical skills.[355][356] He usually bats at the no.3 position in ODI cricket.[357] He bats with a slightly open-chested stance[358][359] and a strong bottom-hand grip.[360][361] He is not a big hitter and plays more grounded shots.[362] He has frequent wrist shot play and is known for chasing down innings and batting under pressure.[363][364][365] He is strong through the mid-wicket and cover region.[366] He has said that the cover drive is his favourite shot, while also saying that the flick shot comes naturally to him.[16] He does not play the sweep shot often.[367] Kohli is strong on leg stump line bowling. If bowled at leg stump he plays flick shot.[368] He tends to score more in area between deep square leg to mid-on.[369] Kohli often struggles on very wide outside the off stump line balling, thus got out on multiple times on 3rd to 7th off stump.[370]

According to cricket pundit like VVS Laxman, playing against the fast bowlers who bowl outside the off stump is his weakness.[371] He has been exposed to getting dismissed by an outside off stump line ball and the opposition team's bowlers tries to exploit his weakness in Tests as well as ODIs.[372][368] Out swinging balls is one of his prominent weakness as per Richard Hadlee.[373] Cricket pundit and former India Cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar feels the same that offside off stump line is his weakness.[374][370]

Many pundits have suggested that Kohli may be the best limited-overs batsman in the world.[375][376] In ODIs, he averages around 66 in matches batting second as opposed to around 48 batting first.[377] 26 of his 43 ODI hundreds have come in run-chases and he holds the record for most hundreds batting second.[378] Kohli is also known to be a "sharp" fielder.[379][380] His teammates have praised his confidence, commitment, focus and work ethics.[381][382]

Aggression

Kohli is noted for his on-field aggression and was described in the media as "brash" and "arrogant" during his early career.[383][384] He has got into confrontations with players and umpires on several occasions.[383][385] While many former cricketers have backed his aggressive attitude,[386][387][388] some have criticised it.[383][389] In 2012, Kohli had stated that he tries to limit his aggressive behaviour but "the build-up pressure or the special occasions make it tough to control the aggression."[390]

Comparisons to Sachin Tendulkar

Kohli is often compared to Sachin Tendulkar, due to their similar styles of batting, and sometimes referred to as Tendulkar's "successor".[391][392] Many former cricketers expect Kohli to break Tendulkar's batting records.[8] He is ranked as one of the world's most famous athletes by ESPN.[9] Kohli has stated that growing up his idol and role model was Tendulkar and that as a kid he "tried to copy the shots Tendulkar played and hit sixes the way he used to hit them."[10] Former West Indies great Vivian Richards, who is regarded as the most destructive batsman in cricket, stated that Kohli reminds him of himself.[393] In early 2015, Richards said Kohli was "already legendary" in the ODI format[12] while former Australian cricketer Dean Jones called Kohli the "new king of world cricket".[13] Aakash Chopra, an Indian commentator, stated that "Sachin had more shots as compared to Virat".[394]

Career summary

As of September 2022, Kohli has made 71 centuries and 7 double centuries in international cricket—27 centuries, 7 double centuries in Test cricket, 43 centuries in One Day Internationals (ODIs), and 1 century in T20I.[c]

Test match performance

 
An innings-by-innings breakdown of Kohli's Test batting career, showing runs scored (blue and red (not out) bars) and the black line is his career batting average.

ODI match performance

 
An innings-by-innings breakdown of Kohli's ODI batting career, showing runs scored (blue and red (not out) bars) and the black line is his career batting average.

T20I match performance

 
An innings-by-innings breakdown of Kohli's T20I batting career, showing runs scored (blue and red (not out) bars) and the black line is his career batting average.

Kohli is the only player to have been awarded Player of the Tournament of T20 World Cup twice (in 2014 and 2016).[395] He has 2nd most centuries in ODI (43) and only behind Sachin Tendulkar who has 49 centuries.[396] Furthurmore has 2nd most centuries(71) in international cricket and only behind Sachin Tendulkar(100) and tied with Ricky Ponting(71).[397] In 2018, he scored 1000 ODI runs in 11 innings which is the least number of innings taken to score 1000 runs in a calendar year.[398] In 2022, he completed 1000 runs in ICC Men's T20 World Cup and became just the second player to achieve this milestone after Mahela Jayawardene.[399]

Test records

  • Most Wins as captain of India, with 40 wins out of 68 matches .[400]
  • Four Test double-hundreds in four consecutive series.[401]

ODI records

  • Fastest to -[d] 8,000 runs(175 innings)[402] 9,000 runs(194 innings)[403] 10,000 runs(205 innings)[404] 11,000 runs(222 innings)[405] 12,000 runs(242 innings)[406]

T20I records

  • Most runs in T20 internationals - 4008 runs.[407]
  • Most Fifty plus scores in the career - 38 (including 37 fifties and 1 century).[408]
  • Highest career batting average in T20I - 52.73.[409]
  • Fastest to - 3,000 runs(81 innings)[410] 3,500 runs(96 innings)[411]
  • Most player of the match(15 times)[412] and player of the series awards(7 times).[413]

Honours

 
Kohli receiving the Padma Shri award from President Pranab Mukherjee in March 2017
 
Kohli meeting Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in New Delhi in 2017

National honours

Sporting honours

Other honours and awards

Outside cricket

Personal life

 
Kohli with wife Anushka Sharma in their Mumbai reception

Kohli started dating Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in 2013; the couple soon earned the portmanteau "Virushka".[441][442] Their relationship attracted substantial media attention, with persistent rumours and speculations in the media, as neither of the two publicly talked about it.[443] The couple married on 11 December 2017 in a private ceremony in Florence, Italy.[444][445] On 11 January 2021, their first child, a girl, was born.[446]

In 2018, Kohli revealed that he completely stopped consuming meat to cut down his uric acid levels which caused him a cervical spine issue and started affecting his finger and, in turn, his batting.[447][448][449] In 2021, he clarified that he is a vegetarian and not a vegan.[450]

Kohli has admitted that he is superstitious. He used to wear black wristbands as a cricket superstition; earlier, he used to wear the same pair of gloves with which he had "been scoring". Apart from a religious black thread, he has also been wearing a kara on his right arm since 2012.[451]

Kohli has a lot of tattoos on his body, he has tattoos of God Shiva in dhyan mudra on Kailash parvat because he worships Lord Shiva, Om, his parents names (Prem and Saroj), an Aadivasi sign, a monastery, Samurai warrior, the word 'Scorpion', and his ODI and Test cap numbers on his body.[452][453]

Commercial investments

 
Virat Kohli with AudiQ7

In 2014 Kohli became a co-owner of the Indian Super League club FC Goa. He stated that he invested in the club because he "wanted football to grow in India".[454] He added, "It's a business venture for me for the future. Cricket's not going to last forever and I'm keeping all my options open after retirement." [455]

In September 2015, Kohli became a co-owner of the International Premier Tennis League franchise UAE Royals,[456] and, in December that year, became a co-owner of the JSW-owned Bengaluru Yodhas franchise in Pro Wrestling League.[457]

In November 2014, Kohli and Anjana Reddy's Universal Sportsbiz (USPL) launched a youth fashion brand WROGN. The brand started to produce men's casual wear clothing in 2015 and has tied up with Myntra and Shopper's Stop.[458] In late 2014, Kohli was announced as a shareholder and brand ambassador of the social networking venture 'Sport Convo' based in London.[459]

In 2015, Kohli invested 900 million (US$11 million) to start a chain of gyms and fitness centres across the country.Launched under the name Chisel, the chain of gyms is jointly owned by Kohli, Chisel India and CSE (Cornerstone Sport and Entertainment), the agency which manages Kohli's commercial interests.[460]

In 2016, Kohli started Stepathlon Kids, a children fitness venture, in partnership with Stepathlon Lifestyle.[461][462]

In the year 2017, Virat Kohli along with a collaboration with popular German sportswear Puma launched his athleisure brand One8. The items consist of active wear and are sports-related, like apparel, footwear and accessories.[463]

One8 Commune is a chain of rest-bar, that is owned by Kohli. The first outlet of this restaurant was launched in 2017. It was Kohli's first venture in the food and beverage industry. The restaurant serves a classy yet modern ambiance and is suitable for all age groups. [464]

Philanthropy

 
Virat Kohli at charity dinner for Smile Foundation.

He started a charitable foundation called “Virat Kohli Foundation” in 2013.[465] The charity football match was played between Indian cricketers and Bollywood actors was an initiative to gather funds for the causes which the Virat Kohli Foundation supports. The first big event to generate funds for charity organized by the VKF was the celebrity football match to raise funds along with Abhishek Bachchan’s charity foundation.

The match attracted media attention and was a success in raising funds. Virat Kohli along with MS Dhoni and other major cricketers played that match against Abhishek Bachchan and other Bollywood celebrities. Kohli led his side – the All Hearts FC – to glory against the All Stars FC.[466]

Another charity football match was also planned to raise funds . The match was termed as “Celebrity Clasico” which was held on 4 June 2016 in Mumbai. The All Hearts FC led by Virat Kohli played against Ranbir Kapoor led All Stars FC. This match was also a huge success in gaining funds for welfare causes .[467]

In the wake of coronavirus , Kohli along with wife Anushka pledged to donate to PM Relief fun and Maharashtra CM Relief .[468]

Social-media following

Virat Kohli is the most followed cricketer on social media - Instagram , Facebook and Twitter.[469] He became first cricketer and first Indian to reach 100 million followers on Instagram on 1 March, 2021[470] and 200 million followers on 8 June, 2022[e].[471] He also became first cricketer to cross 50 million mark on Twitter on 13 September, 2022 .[472]

Bibliography

  • Lokapally, Vijay (2016). Driven : The Virat Kohli Story. New Delhi: Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-93-85936-26-5. OCLC 962035183.

In media

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Some media sources list the spelling as Chiku or Chikoo
  2. ^ This name was given to Kohli by MS Dhoni and only he use to call him by this name[2]
  3. ^ Kohli is behind Sachin Tendulkar (100) and joint-second with Ricky Ponting (71) in the all-time list.
  4. ^ He is even the second fastest to 5000,6000 and 7000 runs after Hashim Amla
  5. ^ He also became the first Asian to fetch this many followers

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