Daring, tough and fiercely talented, Virat Kohli has emerged as one of the pack-leading faces of Indian cricket’s current generation. With a firm-bottom hand grip and the ability to smash balls landing on a particular area to any part of the ground at will, Kohli has carved a niche of his own in Indian cricket. The king of chases as many of his fans have christened him, Kohli is a deeply hammered nail across all formats.
Here are some amazing facts about Virat kohli.
1U/19 Cricket World Cup Captain of India
Only four years before that memorable knock, young Virat Kohli’s international career began when he captained the victorious Indian team at the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia. Soon after in 2009, he got an opportunity to play in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy when Yuvraj Singh was injured.
2First Indian to score a century on World Cup debut
In 2011, Virat Kohli achieved what no Indian had done before! He became the first Indian to score a century on World Cup debut in the 2011 World Cup. India were eventually crowned World Champions in that edition.
3Vice-captain of the Indian ODI team for the Asia Cup
In 2012, Kohli was named vice-captain of the Indian ODI team for the Asia Cup in March. It was during this tournament that he scored his famous 183 off 148 balls against Pakistan.
4Virat Kohli among ‘Top-10 Best Dressed International Men’
Virat Kohli won an unusual accolade in February 2012 when he was named as one of the 10 best dressed international men in a list that included US President Barack Obama.
5No.1 ODI batsman in the world.
In November 2013, Virat Kohli became the No.1 ODI batsman in the world. Kohli is the third India batsman to hold the number-one batting rank in ODI cricket, after Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni.
6Rated second behind British Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton
In May 2014, the Indian batting star Virat Kohli was rated second behind British Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton in the list of most marketable athletes by the UK magazine, ‘SportsPro’. In a list comprising Christiano Ronaldo (4) Usain Bolt (6), Lionel Messi (11), Novak Djokovic (15), Andy Murray (21), Rory McIlroy (24), Sebastian Vettel (27) and Victoria Azarenka (31), Kohli’s No.2 spot is surely a matter of pride for every Indian sports fan.
7Good relations with Bollywood
After saying, ‘My link-up with Virat Kohli is just a news report’ in Koffee with Karan show in February this year, Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma made a public appearance with her beau less than eight months later at the ISL game in Goa. Virat and Anushka watched the game from the stands.