India, where cricket players are worshiped and the game is contemplated as a religion, it isn’t a cakewalk to battle it with a thousand other talented players in this field, and make it to the top. But Virat Kohli, the crest of aggressive sportsmanship and loyalty, not only made it to the National team but he also took over his shoulders the captaincy of the Indian for test matches, and is the Vice-captain for Restricted-over matches.
Kohli was born on November 5, 1988 in Delhi to a Punjabi family. His father, Late Mr. Prem Kohli, was a criminal lawyer, and his mother Saroj Kohli, a housewife. Virat has two elder siblings, a brother and a sister. At a tender age of 3, his fascination with bat and ball began and it was quite evident that he would make this work. He joined an academy in the vicinity. His neighbours told his father that he shouldn’t waste his time in gully cricket as his potential was way higher. Apart from being an outstanding sportsperson, Virat has also excelled academically, with his teachers remembering him as a bright student.
His father passed away when he was only 19. He was playing for the Ranji trophy against Karnataka in 2006 when he got the news during the match. But his spirit didn’t let him stop, and he continued batting to score a 90 for the team.
- After corresponding to Delhi at numerous age-set levels and national cricket, Kohli captained the Under-19s Indian team to a win during the 2008 World Cup in Malaysia.
- After a couple of months, Virat made his ODI unveiling for India alongside Sri Lanka at 19 years in August of 2008. Originally having participated as a stand-by batsman in the National team, he soon found himself as a main team player in the centre order in ODIs.
- Virat also contributed to the team during the 2011 world cup and won.
- Virat Kohli played his first Test against the West Indies in 2011.
- During 2013, he got himself the tag of an “ODI specialist” with numerous test centuries in Australia and South Africa. In the same year, he achieved the numero uno mark for the first time in the ICC ranking for ODI batsmen.
- Captured the peak positioned batsman of T20 in the ICC rankings.
- Recently, Kohli also won the man of the tournament trophy during the 2016 T20 world cup.
- Virat kohli’s first crush was Karisma Kapoor.
- He was given the nickname ‘cheeku’ by his Delhi Ranji Trophy coach, Ajit Choudhry.
- He has an immense love for tattoos. Having got four of them, he believes that his samurai tattoo brings him good luck.
- Having second most prestigious brand value after MS Dhoni, his good looks and charming personality has made him the top choice for many famous brands.
- He has also been honoured by the Arjuna Award in 2013, for his excellent performance.
- Virat Kohli has a special place in his heart for home cooked food, kheer and biryani being his favourite.