Virat Kohli the name itself explain everything “Virat”. A man who proved himself as a strong, aggressive and unstoppable cricketer. Many Cricketers came and gone but no one is as reliable and most lovable and controversial as is Virat. He is the man who is challenging the world with his bat and making records as well in
this cricket history. This article is dedicated to this young and dynamic cricketer who has stolen the heart of many cricket lovers. He is a man of huge fan following in the cricket world.
Playing Style and Background in Cricket
He is an aggressive right-handed batsman play in middle order and occasionally as an opener. Flick shot is natural to him but cover drive is his favorite shot. He is also praised for his quick fielding too. While chasing, he is known as one of the best limited-overs batsmen in the world. He first played under-15 team of cricket for Delhi in October 2002 of Polly Umrigar Trophy and the journey of a successful cricketer started. He got huge recognition after wining the world cup of Under-19 in 2008, he was a captain of the team. In August, 2008 at the age of 19 only he got the opportunity to be the part of India ODI team where in 4th match in the series against Sri Lnka he made his first half century. Everytime, he is proving himself as a mature and a reliable cricketer.
Captaincy in Test and ODI
In December, 2014 ahead of fourth test against Australia Dhoni declared his retirement and Kohli got the opportunity to play as a captain against Australian cricket team. In 2016, he became the fastest batsman in the world to cross the 7000-run mark in ODIs, only in his 161st innings, and the fastest to get to 25 centuries. After the retirement of Dhoni from ODI on January 2017, Virat was announced as limited over captain of Indian cricket team.
His bat deal with MRF is said to be the costliest deal in Indian cricket history. In 2017, he signed an eight-year endorsement deal with Puma worth about ₹110 crore, becoming the first Indian sportsperson to sign a ₹100 crore deal with a brand.
In 2014, American Appraisal estimated Kohli’s brand value at US$56.4 million placing him fourth on the list of India’s most valued celebrity brands. Kohli’s brand value was estimated to be US$92 million, second only to that of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan. As of March 2016, Kohli has endorsement deals with 13 brands: Audi, Boost, Adidas, TVS Motors, Colgate-Palmolive, Herbalife, Nitesh Estates, MRF, PepsiCo, Smaash, Tissot, United Spirits and Vicks.
In March 2013, Virat Kohli Foundation (VKF) is launched by him for helping underprivileged kids and conducts events to raise funds for the charity.
Records and Achievements
- Fastest century
- Fastest century by an Indian cricketer in ODIs (in 52 balls)
- Fastest Indian to reach 1,000 runs in ODIs
- Fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to reach 5,000 runs in ODIs
- Fastest Indian and third fastest in the world to reach 4,000 runs in ODIs
- Fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to reach 6,000 runs in ODIs
- Fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to reach 15 centuries in ODIs
- Fastest in the world to reach 7,000 runs in ODIs
- Fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to reach 10 centuries in ODIs
- Fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to reach 20 centuries in ODIs
- Fastest in the world to reach 25 centuries in ODIs
- Fastest in the world to reach 1,000 runs in T20Is
- Most Runs in a Year / Series
- Most ODI runs in 2010 by an Indian cricketer
- Most ODI runs in 2011 by any cricketer
- Most ODI runs in 2012 by an Indian cricketer
- Most ODI runs in 2013 by an Indian cricketer
- Most ODI runs in 2014 by an Indian cricketer
- Most ODI runs in 2016 by an Indian cricketer
- Most Test runs in 2012 by an Indian cricketer
- Most Test runs in 2015 by an Indian cricketer
- Most Test runs in 2016 by an Indian cricketer
- Captaincy Records
- First cricketer to score three centuries in his first three innings as Test captain
- First Indian Test captain to score a double century overseas
- First Indian Test captain to score two or more double centuries
- Fastest captain to score 1000 ODI runs
He is the first ever batsman to score double centuries in four consecutive series in Tests. He got those against West Indies(200), New Zealand (211), England (235) and Bangladesh (204) and we believe this is not an end but just a small beginning. We wish him Good Luck and Great Future.