|Nick Name:||Chikoo, Cheeku|
|Birth Date:||November 5, 1988|
|Born In:||New Delhi, India|
|Height:||5’9″ (175 cm), 5’9″ Males|
Virat Kohli Biography
Virat Kohli, an Indian international cricketer, is a top athlete in India. He is considered to be one of the greatest batsmen of the modern era. However, he can also double up as a right-arm medium pace bowler. He is well-known for his consistent and powerful batting style and has won many matches for India.
Virat was three years old when he became interested in cricket and began playing the game at age three. When he was nine years of age, his parents enrolled him at the West Delhi Cricket Academy.
Over the years, he became a highly-skilled player and represented his hometown Delhi at different age-group levels and domestic cricket. He was the captain of India’s Under-19 team to victory in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup.
He was soon selected for the Indian team and quickly established himself as a valuable player in the middle order. He has also proven his worth in test cricket after establishing himself as an “ODI specialist”.
He is currently the captain of India’s Test cricket team and vice-captain for limited overs. Virat Kohli has been married to Anushka Sharma, a well-known Indian actress.
Virat Kohli Childhood and Early Life
Virat Kohli was the son of Prem Kohli and Saroj Kohli. He was born in Delhi on November 5, 1988. His father was a criminal lawyer, and his mother was a housewife. He has two brothers: Vikash (an elder brother) and Bhavna (an elder sister).
When he was just three years old, he became interested in cricket. He was just three years old when he picked up a cricket bat from his father and asked him to bowl. His early education was at Vishal Bharti Public Schools.
Virat, then nine years old, continued his interest in cricket and was enrolled at West Delhi Cricket Academy by his father. Rajkumar Sharma was his coach at the academy, and he also played matches at Sumit Dogra Academy.
Virat Kohli Career
- He was the top run-getter for the 2002-03 Polly Umrigar trophy tournament. He was elected captain of the team in the 2003-04 Polly Umrigar trophy.
- He was selected for the 2003-04 Vijay Merchant Trophy under-17 team in Delhi. He scored 470 runs over four matches, scoring an average of 117.50 and two hundred. He was a great performer again the following season, helping Delhi win the 2004-05 Vijay Merchant Trophy.
- He was a consistent performer and earned him a spot in the India Under-19 team’s 2006 tour to England. In the three-match ODI series, he averaged 105 runs which was the winning score for the India Under-19 team. He was also a remarkable performer against the Pakistan U-19 cricket team later that year.
- Kohli was 18 when his father died. He was just 18 years old when his father died. His untimely death left the family in financial trouble. Kohli took the game more seriously now that he had more responsibility.
- He led the Indian team to victory in the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, held in Malaysia. He was then purchased by Royal Challengers Bangalore (Indian Premier League) for $30,000 as a youth contract.
- He was selected to the Indian ODI team for the 2008 tour of Sri Lanka. During the series, he was a temporary opener, as Sachin Tendulkar (regular opener) and Virender Singh Sehwag (regular opener) were both injured. India won the series with a score of 3-2. This was India’s first win in an ODI series against Sri Lanka.
- He performed well throughout 2009. He was awarded his first man-of-the-match award after scoring an unbeaten 79 against West Indies during the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy. Later that year, he was part of the home ODI series against Sri Lanka. He scored his first century in ODI–107 runs off 111 balls in the fourth match.
- He kept up his excellent form, earning him a spot in the 2011 World Cup team. Kohli was present in all matches of the tournament. In the first match, he scored an unbeaten 100 against Bangladesh, making him the first Indian cricketer to reach the century mark in his World Cup debut. India reached the finals, and Kohli scored 35 runs against Sri Lanka. India won the match by six wickets to lift the World Cup for the first time since 1983.
- India sent inexperienced players during the West Indies tour in June-July 2011. Kohli was among three uncapped players in their Test squad. In the first match in the Test series, he made his Test debut at Kingston. India won the Test series by a run, but Kohli could not match the fast bowling. He scored only 76 runs in five innings in the series and was then dropped from the Test team.
- As Yuvraj Singh’s replacement, he was recalled to Test squad India’s four-match series against England in July and August 2011. He could not play in any of the Test matches but was moderately successful in the OCI series.
- He was a star in Test cricket when India toured Australia in December 2011. India lost the Test series by 4-0, but Virat Kohli was India’s top run-scorer. He scored his maiden Test century, scoring 116 runs in the fourth and final match at Adelaide.
- Vice-captain of the 2012 Asia Cup in Bangladesh was Kohli. He scored 183 while chasing in the final group stage match against Pakistan, breaking Brian Lara’s record of 156. India did not make it to the final despite his outstanding performances.
- He continued his string of success throughout 2013. He was a good player in the seven-match ODI series against Australia. In the second match at Jaipur, he scored a century with just 52 balls. His 100-run innings achieved India’s target of 360.
- Kohli, despite being best known for his brilliant performances in ODIs, is also a skilled player. He was the Indian test team captain in 2014. He also scored 692 runs during the Australian tour in the same year.
- This was the highest total by an Indian batsman in any Test series in Australia.
- In 2015, he experienced a brief slump in his career and could not make any significant runs. He quickly recovered his form and was the fastest T20I cricketer to score 1,000 runs during South Africa’s tour in India in 2015.
- In 2016, Kohli was in great form. India reached the semifinals in the 2016 T20 World Cup with Kohli’s outstanding batting performances.
Virat Kohli founded a charity foundation, the ‘Virat-Kohli Foundation (VKF), to help less fortunate children in 2013. It also organizes fundraising events for charities.
Virat Kohli Recognitions & Awards
He was awarded the ICC ODI Player of the Month in 2012
In recognition of his contributions to international cricket, he was awarded the Arjuna award in 2013.
Virat Kohli Legacy & Personal Life
Virat Kohli had a long-lasting relationship with Anushka Sharma, a Bollywood actress. They reportedly split in 2016 but later reconnected.
Virat and Anushka Sharma were married on December 11, 2017. They were married at Borgo Finocchieto, Tuscany, Italy.
Virat and Anushka’s (Virushka) marriage was very private, and nobody knew about it until the day before. Media reports claim that all wedding guests, including photographers and caterers, were bound by Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA).
Virat Kohli is well-known for his mental strength. One incident proves it. Virat Kohli was playing for Delhi in a Ranji Trophy match when he lost his father. At 3 AM, he received a call and learned that his father had died. He was an overnight batsman for Delhi, and his team was under challenging circumstances. He saved his team 90 runs the next day, and he went to his father’s funeral.
Virat Kohli Business Ventures & Investments
Virat is said to have football as his second favorite sport. He purchased the FC Goa franchise in the Indian Super League (ISL) because he was a passionate fan and wanted to see Indian football grow. He stated that it was a future investment.
Kohli was appointed brand ambassador and stakeholder for the London-based social networking platform ‘Sport Convo’ in 2014.
In association with Anjana’s Universal Sportsbiz USPL (USPL), Kohli launched the WROGN fashion label in November 2014. It sells casual men’s wear and has partnered with Myntra.com as well as Shopper’s Stop.
Virat Kohli, co-owner of UAE Royals of the International Premier Tennis League(IPTL), became the co-owner in September 2015. The IPTL is an annual event in team tennis that is held in various Asian cities.
He invested INR 90 crore, or around US$14 million, in Chisel’s chain of fitness centres and gyms. Kohli is co-owner of the fitness chain with Chisel India and CSE.
He became co-owner of Bengaluru Yodhas, the Indian Pro Wrestling League franchise, in December 2015. JSW is also a co-owner.