Virat Kohli

A Long Way To Go: Virat Kohli

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Virat Kohli is a well known name and most of us know him & how he works, who he is but many of you don’t know who actually Virat is. Born on November 5 in 1988, he is a Right-Hand Middle order batsman, he started his career at a very young age & played a lot of junior cricket with another Indian International Ishant Sharma. Virat was once awarded by Ashish Nehra at the Academy where he trained. Virat took training under Rajkumar Sharma, a well- know coach in Delhi. Virat first came into prominence when he led India to victory in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur. The same year Virat was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL & later made his India ODI debut in August against Srilanka, scoring just 12 runs. The 20-year-old continued to impress for Delhi, clearly demonstrating that he belonged at a much higher level then the junior cricket which was beneath his standards. Kohli also travelled to Australia in 2009 for the Emerging players tournament and stamped his authority all over the bowling attacks. He added big-match temperament too, lacing a fluent hundred in the final against South Africa, guiding his team to a impressive victory.

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Selectors then gave him another chance and he repaid their faith by hitting a century against Srilanka in 2009 and thus went on to play for India in the 2011 World Cup. The same year he earned his Test cap in Carribean but failed & further disastrous tours of Australia & England added salt to his wounds. Meanwhile in ODI cricket he played flawlessly and he became the highest run-scorer for India in ODIs for three consecutive calendar years i.e. 2010, 2011 and 2012 and won the ICC ODI cricketer of the year award in 2012.  

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His major Break-Through came chasing an improbable target of 321 from 40 overs to stay alive in the tournament, he laid into the Sri Lankan bowlers & scored 133 not out with two overs to spare. In 2013, India won the champions trophy with Virat being the key player for the team. Then he again went to Australia in 2014 with the Indian Team & scored over 900 runs in the Test Series. 2015 World Cup was a success for India by reaching semi-finals after disastrous pre-world cup series with Virat being the key player again. Similarly, he took charge of Team India as full-time Test Captain & India reached at the top rankings twice under his captaincy & is still at the top. He also captained India in 2017 Champions Trophy after MS.Dhoni giving-up the captaincy & led India into the finals & eventually losing out to Pakistan. Still it is a long-way for King Kohli who is currently leading with a total of 63 Centuries in International Cricket. He has 38 centuries in ODI’s and 25 in Tests.

He is also the leading run-scorer for India in past 3 years and is one of the key to India’s success in the World Cup. On Personal front he married Actor Anushka Sharma in a private ceremony in end of 2017. Year 2018 has been a memorable one as under his wings India won 4 overseas Tests which is a big Achievment and are in full control to win a Test Series in Australia.

Moreover his exploits in all forms of the game again fetched him Top Rankings in both ODI’s & Tests while he stands in 15th spot in T20I’s in 2018.

Year 2019 comes with a great opportunity for Virat Kohli to finally write his name into history by winning the World Cup for the country and especially his Retiring Ex- Indian Captain MS.Dhoni and a chances for winning the IPL is also on cards but Virat’s participation in IPL is in doubt due to his heavy workload before the World Cup. From now on India have 13 ODI’s to figure out the best XI and the appropriate back-ups with the squad almost figured out. We hope on 14 July we see Virat & Co. with the coveted World Cup Trophy in hand.

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