The rise and rise of Virat Kohli

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NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli turned 31 on Tuesday. The Indian captain – arguably the best batsman in the world today began his journey with one nickname, ‘Chiku’. But, over the years Virat has picked up many more, including, the “Run Machine”, “King Kohli” and “Chase Master”.

The reason for all these nicknames is of course his consistency with the bat which makes him one of the most prolific batsmen of all time and has helped him notch up a plethora of records. Kohli recently became the fastest to 20,000 international runs, has the most double centuries as captain and was the first cricketer to clean sweep the ICC awards.

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But Virat did not achieve all these accolades and milestones overnight. He started as a brash youngster and it took an immense amount of will-power, dedication and discipline to become the phenomenon that he is today.

Kohli first tasted success on the world stage when India won the Under-19 World Cup in 2008 under his captaincy.

Having made his ODI debut in 2008 and scoring his first ODI century in 2009, Kohli had to wait till 2011 to make his Test debut which he did against West Indies.

Kohli became Indian captain in Tests on the 2014-15 tour to Australia when Mahendra Singh Dhoni quit Test cricket after India’s third Test of the series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Virat is India’s most successful Test captain, with 31 wins under his belt as skipper so far. Kohli has led India to a long stay at the top of the ICC Test rankings and a first-ever Test series win in Australia.

The 31-year-old became Indian ODI captain when Dhoni stepped down as captain in the limited over formats in January 2017, just ahead of the ODI series at home against England.

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The India captain has smashed 26 Test centuries and 43 ODI hundreds. In fact, he is second on the list of most ODI centuries, behind Sachin Tendulkar‘s record of 49 tons.
With 69 international centuries, Kohli is at the third spot on the most centurions’ list. Tendulkar (100) and Ricky Ponting (71) are ahead of Kohli on the list.
Kohli has 11,520 ODI runs to his credit with a stunning average of 60.31.
Virat has scored 7066 Test runs and has the most number of Test double centuries by an Indian (7).
At 31, Virat is the epitome of fitness, thanks to a very disciplined lifestyle. As wishes pour in for the Indian captain, Virat is taking a well-deserved break from cricket. He will be back to lead the team in the 2 Test series vs Bangladesh, which starts on November 14 in Indore.

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