The Successful Youth Prodigy – Virat Kohli

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Many great cricketers have come from India, but probably none has been as ambitious as Virat Kohli. To achieve his goal, Kohli used Sachin Tendulkar’s technical assiduousness and fitness, which put him in the level of the world’s greatest athletes, not just cricketers. As a result, Kohli became the most consistent all-format accumulator of his era, making jaw-dropping chases look easy and figuring out, in his own words, the “safest” way to score runs.

Early Life

Virat Kohli was born in Delhi on November 5, 1988, into a Punjabi Hindu household. Prem Kohli, his father, is a criminal lawyer, and Saroj Kohli, his mother, is a housewife. He has two elder siblings, Vikash and Bhavna.

NameVirat Kohli
Nick NameCheeku
Date Of Birth5th November 1988
Age32 years
BirthplaceDelhi, India
Father NameLate Prem Kohli (Criminal Lawyer)
Mother NameSaroj Kohli (Home Maker)
Brother NameVikas Kohli (Elder)
Sister NameBhawna Kohli (Elder Sister)
Wife NameAnushka Sharma (Actress)
Educational Qualification12th Standard
DebutODI: 18th August 2008 against Srilanka at Dambulla
TEST: 20 June 2011 against West Indies at Kingston
T20: 12 June 2010 against Zimbabwe at Harare
IPL Debut18th April 2008 against Kolkata Knight Riders at Bengaluru
Batting StyleRight-handed
Total Net WorthRs 406 crores
Cars CollectionAudi A6
Range Rover
Audi R8 V10

The West Delhi Cricket Academy was founded in 1998, and a nine-year-old Kohli was among its initial students. Virat Kohli trained at the academy under Rajkumar Sharma while simultaneously competing at the Sumeet Dogra Academy in Vasundhara Enclave. He moved to Saviour Convent in Paschim Vihar in ninth grade to help with his cricket practise.

Virat Kohli
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U-17 And U-19 

Virat Kohli made his debut for the Delhi Under-15 team in the 2002–03 Polly Umrigar Trophy in October 2002. He was named captain of the Polly Umrigar Trophy team in 2003–04. He was named to the Delhi Under-17 team for the 2003–04 Vijay Merchant Trophy in late 2004. The Delhi Under-17s won the Vijay Merchant Trophy in 2004–05, with Kohli scoring 757 runs in seven matches.

At the age of 18, Virat Kohli made his first-class debut for Delhi against Tamil Nadu in November 2006, scoring 10 runs in his debut innings. He shot to prominence in December when he decided to play for his team against Karnataka and scored 90 points.

Virat Kohli was named to the India Under-19 squad for its tour of England in July 2006. In the three-match ODI series against England Under-19s, he averaged 105 and 49 in the three-match Test series. Both series were won by India Under-19.

In April 2007, he made his Twenty20 debut and finished as his team’s leading run-scorer in the Inter-State T20 Championship, scoring 179 runs at an average of 35.80. Kohli captained the successful Indian team at the 2008 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, which was held in Malaysia in February–March 2008.

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Senior Team Entry

In August 2008, Virat Kohli joined the senior Men in Blue in Sri Lanka. In the absence of the normal openers, Virat Kohli was given the opportunity to bat first in the ODI series. In his extended spell as an opener, he produced several good runs, and India went on to win the ODI series. The established and formidable combo of Tendulkar and Sehwag, on the other hand, kept Kohli out of the team.

Kohli then went to Australia for the Emerging Players competition in 2009, when he stamped his power all over the bowling assaults. He scored a fluent century in the final against South Africa and led his team to a clinical victory. The youthful prodigy finished the tournament with 398 runs from 7 games and was declared man of the match. This included two hundreds and two fifties, ensuring that he stayed fresh in the minds of the selectors.

The selectors handed Kohli another chance in the Indian team, and this time he put up a string of outstanding runs. After being given an extended run, he returned their faith by scoring his maiden ODI century in a brilliant run-chase against Sri Lanka in December 2009. 

After losing the openers early in the World Cup final in 2011, Kohli and his Delhi teammate Gautam Gambhir pulled off a largely underappreciated rescue effort with an 83-run stand. This knock was critical in laying the groundwork for MS Dhoni’s famed knock of 91*, which ultimately won India the World Cup on that enchanted evening in Mumbai.

Following the Under-19 World Cup, Kohli was signed on a youth contract by the Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore for $30,000 on a one-year deal. Later, he went on to take the captain mantle of the franchise and lead them to the semi finals of the 2016 edition of IPL.

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Captaincy

With MS Dhoni out due to injury, Virat Kohli was selected stand-in captain for the opening Test in Adelaide. Following an underwhelming tour of England, many were sceptical about Kohli’s performance in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia in December. Kohli proved them wrong by scoring two hundreds in the first Test in Adelaide.

Later he led a young side to Sri Lanka as a full time captain without Mahendra Singh Dhoni. After losing the first Test, Kohli’s India won the series 2-1 with a stunning come-from-behind victory. Kohli built on his promising start to Test captaincy by leading India to a thrashing of South Africa on a series of rank-turners all over the country.

Kohli declared in September 2021 that he would step down as India’s T20I captain following the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Lately, he also resigned from India’s Test captain on 15 January 2022, following a 2–1 test series defeat over South Africa during India’s Tour of South Africa.

Endnote

Virat Kohli was, without a doubt, India’s most powerful captain. He was at the centre of every marketing campaign for Indian cricket, and he led at a period when the BCCI was managed by interim administrators who knew better than to enrage Indian cricket’s biggest celebrity. There was never any reason to dispute his intent: to do things that would help India win matches, which they did plenty of under him.

Darshan
Darshanhttp://cricketscaffe.com/
There are many sports in the world. Some people likes football, and others likes cricket or basketball. But I love to play cricket because it is a game of gentalman. I am a left-handed batsman and a left-arm orthodox bowler. I played an inter-college tournaments. Also, I represented my college cricket team as vice captain. Ms. Dhoni is my idol, and the Chennai Super Kings are my all-time favourite franchise. 

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