Virat Kohli Biography


Virat Kohli, born on 5 November, 1988 in Delhi, is a famous Indian cricketer and currently considered as one of India's potential batsmen. He is a middle order batsman but can also open the batting order. Kohli can also bowl and is a right-arm medium pacer. Virat Kohli plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL). In 2008, he made his One Day International (ODI) debut and was part of the Indian team which won the 2011 World Cup. He played his first Test in 2011 against West Indies in Kingston and scored his first Test hundred in Adelaide in the 2011/12 India tour of Australia.

Personal Life

He is the son of Prem and Saroj Kohli and has an elder brother and sister, Vikash and Bhavna. He did his schooling from Vishal Bharti Public School and Saviour Convent Senior Secondary School


He came into spotlight after playing for Delhi against Karnataka in a Ranji Trophy match. Kohli, as Indian team's captain, led the team to victory in the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup held in Malaysia. He was highly praised for making several tactical bowling changes during the tournament. Kohli was the key factor in India's victory at the 2009 Emerging Players Tournament in Australia. His Indian Premier League performance has improved swiftly since the first season in 2008.

Virat Kohli made his debut in One Day International against Sri Lanka in the Idea Cup in 2008. He scored his first half century, 54 runs, in the 4th match and helped India win the series and its first one day series win against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. He played in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy and got a chance to play in the 4th ODI when Sri Lanka toured India in December 2009. He scored his first ODI century, making India win the series 3 - 1. In June 2010, Virat was declared vice-captain of India for the Tri-series against Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, in Zimbabwe. He became the fastest Indian to score 1000 runs in ODI cricket in this series. In 2010, he was India's leading run-scorer with 995 runs, including 3 centuries from 25 matches with an average of 47.38.

Virat Kohli was chosen over Suresh Raina in the 2011 Cricket World Cup and became the first Indian to score a century in a World Cup debut. Between 1st January 2009 and 1st September 2011, he was India's second highest run-scorer in ODIs with 1,994 runs at an average of 47.47. Kohli attained his career's best second spot in the latest ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen after the end of the India-Sri Lanka series in August 2012. He was named 'ODI Cricketer of the Year' at the ICC annual award function in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

He was appointed as the vice-captain of the ODI team in 2012. Ever since then, he captained the team many times in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He was also handed-over the Test captaincy after Dhoni declared his retirement in 2014.

Records and Achievements

Apart from these, Kohli has received many other awards like 'Man of the Match' awards in Test Cricket; 'Man of the Match' awards in ODI Cricket; 'Man of the Series' awards; 'Man of the Match' awards in T20 cricket, and many more.