Virat Kohli was born on 5th November 1988 to Prem Kohli (father) & Saroj Kohli (mother) at Delhi. He grew up at Delhi and studied at St. Sofia School in Paschim Vihar, Delhi.
Virat Kohli lived in Uttam Nagar, Delhi and got his initial cricket training from West Delhi Cricket Academy. He also played for Sumit Dogra Academy in Vasundhara Enclave near Noida.
Virat Kohli came to lime light when he scored 90 runs to save Delhi from follow-on in the match against Karnataka on December 19, 2006. On the same day, his father had passed away at 3 in the morning due to brain stroke. His innings of 90 was termed “Very Crucial” by his captain Mitthun Manhas.
Virat Kohli, an attacking player with a cool head has already earned reputation as a talented, level-headed and mature cricketer. Batting at his favorite no.3 position,Virat Kohli has an urge for converting his fifties into big scores, as he show cased his talent in 2005 when he single-handedly took Delhi from 70 for 4 to a first-innings lead with a knock of 251 off 431 balls against Himachal Pradesh in the U-17 championships. Kohli made his first-class debut for Delhi in 2006-2007 Ranji Trophy and in January 2008 was named captain of the Indian U-19 squad for the 2008 World Cup. He led India’s unbeaten campaign in Malaysia. He contributed 235 runs and he is the second Indian U-19 captain to bring home the World Cup.
Virat Kohli was included in India’s squad for the one-day series against Sri Lanka in August 2008 and the Champions Trophy to follow in Pakistan. Kohli was given a chance to debut in the opening match of the Sri Lanka series as a replacement for the injured Virender Sehwag, and he finished the five match series as the fourth highest run-getter with 159 runs. Virat Kohli played his first T20 international match against Zimbabwe at the Harare Cricket Ground on June 12,2010. Virat Kohli was included in the test squad against West Indies and he made his debut on 20th June, 2011.
Virat Kohli also plays IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was bought for $30,000 before the first season in 2008. He has been playing since 2008 and his form has been exponentially increasing. He was the only player who was retained for the fourth season by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Virat Kohli scored 557 runs in 16 matches in the fourth edition of IPL, which is the second highest aggregate score only next to his team mate Chris Gayle who scored 608 in 12 matches.
Quick Facts !!
ïƒ¨ Virat Kohli led the Indian team to its second ever ICC U19 Cricket World Cup triumph in 2008.
ïƒ¨ Virat Kohli scored 235 runs in 6 matches at an average of 47, including a century in the tournament.
ïƒ¨ Virat Kohli became the joint third fastest in the history and the fastest Indian to reach the 1000 run mark in ODI’s. He took a mere 24 innings to achieve this feet.
ïƒ¨ In the Tri-nation series in Dhaka involving Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, Kohli was the top scorer in the tournament with 275 runs.
ïƒ¨ His 224 run stand with Gautham Gambhir helped India chase down a stiff Sri Lankan target of 316 runs in an ODI in 2009.
ïƒ¨ A big turning point in his career came at an ‘Emerging Player Tournament’ in 2009 where Virat Kohli helped India to lift the trophy and was the leading run-scorer. He scored 398 runs with two centuries and two fifties.
ïƒ¨ Virat Kohli became the third Indian player after Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina to score two centuries before turning 22.
ïƒ¨ Virat Kohli‘s role model is Herschelle Gibbs of South Africa.
ïƒ¨ Lawn Tennis is the next thing which fascinates Virat Kohli a lot. He is huge fan of Leander Paes and Roger Federer.
– Tejas Ahobala