Virat Kohli the Cricketer of the Year 2017

Virat kohli

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli- In a country where cricket is considered a religion, it isn’t easy to compete with a million other talented young men in the sport and make it to the top.

Nothing in life comes easy and for Virat Kohli also it has been no different. Indian cricket’s blue-eyed boy too had to go through lot of struggle before achieving the super stardom.

But Virat Kohli, the epitome of aggressive sportsmanship and confidence did not just make it to the Indian team but also went to become the Captain of the Indian National Cricket Team for Test matches, and a Vice-captain for Limited over matches (ODIs and T20s).

His Attitude

His cheekiness and self-assured attitude are also loved by all the millions of fans of the sport in India. From a small kid who played for the local cricket teams to the captain of Indian team, Virat Kohli had a long and inspiring journey. Today, at just 27, this right-handed middle order batsman isn’t just another Captain that the team has had already, but he looks to become one of the most efficient captains the team had ever had.

Virat Kohli’s rise from a humble background to a cricketing superstar has not been less than an inspiration. From the struggling days when he lost his father to making a mark in the national cricket team and later becoming the captain, is no mean feat. The 28-year-old has become the heart-throb of the entire nation, is adored by his fans while oppositions fear him.

Virat Kohli was born on 5th November 1988 in Delhi, although his family originates from Punjab.

His father, Prem Kohli, was a Criminal Lawyer and his Mother, Saroj Kohli is a Housewife. He has an older brother called Vikash and an elder sister called Bhavna.

His Life

In 2006, Virat’s father passed away having been bed-ridden for a month after suffering a brain stroke.

Having seen tough times in his young life and lived through that, he is a person who has his priorities set.

Virat has mentioned his father to have been his biggest support, that his father drove him to practise every day and that he still misses him sometimes.

Any young boy playing cricket in India, dreams of representing his country at the top level one day and Kohli too had similar dreams. And to reach his destination, he had to go through the grind.

His Early Career

He played for Delhi Under-15 team for the first time in October 2002 in the 2002-2003 Polly Umriger Trophy. Scoring the highest number of runs that year, he was made the Captain for the next year. In the 2003-2004 Polly Umrigar trophy.

 

By late 2004 he was a member of the Under 17 Delhi Cricket Team for the Vijay Merchant Trophy.

The next year in the Vijay Merchant trophy, he made headlines. Virat Kohli was the highest run scorer with 757 runs in 7 matches with two centuries and a batting average of 84.11.

In July 2006, Kohli was selected for the India Under-19 Cricket squad for their tour of England.

By this time, Virat had become a permanent fixture in the Delhi U-19 team as he showed his quality batsman ship over and over. He made his First Class Debut for Delhi against Tamil Nadu in 2006.

Spirit

He came to spotlight later that year when he continued to play his part in the match against Karnataka even after he’d got the news of his father’s death. He scored 90 runs in that innings and went directly to his father’s funeral from there.

Everyone saw the change in him from then onwards, his sense of responsibility increased and according to his captain, he received a lot of accolades for his attitude and determination.

“The way I approached the game changed that day. I just had one thing in my mind – that I have to play for my country and live that dream for my dad.”— Kohli

In April 2007, he made his Twenty20 debut in the Inter-State T20 Championship and was the highest scorer for his team with an average of 35.80.

In February – March of 2008, he was made the Captain of the India Under 19 Cricket Team for the U-19 World Cup in Malaysia. He returned home victorious and with many achievements under his belt.

Following his spectacular performance in both batting and bowling and also his capacity to keep his cool under pressure, he was bought by the Indian Premier League’s Franchise of Royal Challengers Bangalore on a youth contract.

ICC- Championship Trophy

In the July of 2008, he was picked out for the tentative 30 man squad for ICC Championship Trophy to be held later that year.

When the Championship Trophy was postponed to 2009, he was selected for a tour of Sri Lanka for an ODI series by the selectors of the Indian Cricket Team. In this tour is when he got his chance at playing on the Indian A-Team. Due to both Sehwag and Tendulkar being injured and unavailable, Kohli was called up as a makeshift opening batsman for the team. He scored his first ODI fifty in that series, and India went on to win the series against Sri Lanka.

After that, he was repeatedly called up for the Indian Team, although he didn’t much get chances to play.

T-20 Captaincy

on January 2017 MS Dhoni gave up his one day and T20 captaincy, Kohli was chosen as the captain of the nation side for all three formats

 

In July- August 2009, Kohli was selected for Emerging Players Tournament that was being played in Australia amongst four teams. He was the leading scorer in that tournament with 398 runs and a batting average of 66.33.

In the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy, he played as a substitute for the injured Yuvraj Singh. He again finished as the tournament’s highest run scorer with an average of 91.66.

In the tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in May-June 2010,Kohli was made the vice-captain as many first team cricketers skipped the tour. Even though India crashed out of the series, Kohli managed to get enough runs to reach 1000 in ODIs, making him the fastest Indian batsman to reach that milestone.

Highest Scorer

In an ODI series in late 2010 at home Kohli outperformed everyone and ended the year on a high note as India’s highest run scorer of the calendar year.

In January 2011, Virat Kohli reached on. 2 in the ICC cricket Rankings as an ODI batsman, and he was named in the ICC Cricket World Cup’s 15 man squad. He justified his skipper’s faith in him by scoring an unbeaten century in the first match of the tournament. His performance in the final was a very important one and India brought home the World Cup for the first time since 1983.

It was in the 2012 Asia Cup that Kohli was made the vice-captain. It was in this tournament that he scored 183 whilst chasing and broke Brian Lara’s long-standing record of 156.

He has scored 26 centuries in 174 innings that he took to the pitch in an ODI for India.

He is 4th Player in the list of Most Centuries by a batsman in ODIs following Sachin, Ricky Ponting and Sanath Jayasuriya.

He Has Declared as Player of the Tournament For 2016 T20 Worldcup.

ICC Made Him 2016 T20 World XI Team Captain.

in VIVO IPL 2016, Kohli won the Orange Cap for scoring a record Maximum runs of 973. He was also the awarded the honor of Man of the Series.

Kohli, had a prolific 2016 and scored 1215 runs from 12 Tests at an average of 75.93, which also included three double hundreds – most by any captain. In ODIs last year, he slammed three hundreds from 10 matches.

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Virat Kohli has admitted himself that he’s a superstitious person, he wears black wristbands for luck and a Kara since 2012. Earlier in his career, he used to wear the same gloves that he’d scored well with.

Virat Kohli has a total of four tattoos. The two on his right hand are pretty straightforward. One of his Zodiac sign Scorpio and another is a tribal design that he has yet to reveal the meaning of. But the two on his left are what speaks volumes about India’s Test Skipper.

The Tattoo on the inside of his upper left hand is that of a Samurai with a raised sword. Virat Kohli had said about that tattoo that he admires the discipline, the training and the focus of the samurai warriors. And the tattoo on his left forearm is the Chinese symbol of Faith.

He says that the tattoos talk about who he is as a person, and they are very personal as well as important to him.

Virat Kohli has been linked to various high-profile women over time. He has dated Sarah Jane Dias, an Indian Model, and VJ, Sanjana, another actress for a short while. For a while, he’s dated Tamanna Bhatia, Izabelle Leite, a Brazilian Model and lately he was in a quite a high profile relationship with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma and now they are happily married too.

In a country where cricket is considered a religion, it isn’t easy to compete with a million other talented young men in the sport and make it to the top.

Nothing in life comes easy and for Virat Kohli also it has been no different. Indian cricket’s blue-eyed boy too had to go through lot of struggle before achieving the super stardom.

But Virat Kohli, the epitome of aggressive sportsmanship and confidence did not just make it to the Indian team but also went to become the Captain of the Indian National Cricket Team for Test matches, and a Vice-captain for Limited over matches (ODIs and T20s).

His Attitude

His cheekiness and self-assured attitude are also loved by all the millions of fans of the sport in India. From a small kid who played for the local cricket teams to the captain of Indian team, Virat Kohli had a long and inspiring journey. Today, at just 27, this right-handed middle order batsman isn’t just another Captain that the team has had already, but he looks to become one of the most efficient captains the team had ever had.

Virat Kohli’s rise from a humble background to a cricketing superstar has not been less than an inspiration. From the struggling days when he lost his father to making a mark in the national cricket team and later becoming the captain, is no mean feat. The 28-year-old has become the heart-throb of the entire nation, is adored by his fans while oppositions fear him.

Virat Kohli was born on 5th November 1988 in Delhi, although his family originates from Punjab.

His father, Prem Kohli, was a Criminal Lawyer and his Mother, Saroj Kohli is a Housewife. He has an older brother called Vikash and an elder sister called Bhavna.

His Life

In 2006, Virat’s father passed away having been bed-ridden for a month after suffering a brain stroke.

Having seen tough times in his young life and lived through that, he is a person who has his priorities set.

Virat has mentioned his father to have been his biggest support, that his father drove him to practise every day and that he still misses him sometimes.

Any young boy playing cricket in India, dreams of representing his country at the top level one day and Kohli too had similar dreams. And to reach his destination, he had to go through the grind.

His Early Career

He played for Delhi Under-15 team for the first time in October 2002 in the 2002-2003 Polly Umriger Trophy. Scoring the highest number of runs that year, he was made the Captain for the next year. In the 2003-2004 Polly Umrigar trophy.

 

By late 2004 he was a member of the Under 17 Delhi Cricket Team for the Vijay Merchant Trophy.

The next year in the Vijay Merchant trophy, he made headlines. Virat Kohli was the highest run scorer with 757 runs in 7 matches with two centuries and a batting average of 84.11.

In July 2006, Kohli was selected for the India Under-19 Cricket squad for their tour of England.

By this time, Virat had become a permanent fixture in the Delhi U-19 team as he showed his quality batsman ship over and over. He made his First Class Debut for Delhi against Tamil Nadu in 2006.

Spirit

He came to spotlight later that year when he continued to play his part in the match against Karnataka even after he’d got the news of his father’s death. He scored 90 runs in that innings and went directly to his father’s funeral from there.

Everyone saw the change in him from then onwards, his sense of responsibility increased and according to his captain, he received a lot of accolades for his attitude and determination.

“The way I approached the game changed that day. I just had one thing in my mind – that I have to play for my country and live that dream for my dad.”— Kohli

In April 2007, he made his Twenty20 debut in the Inter-State T20 Championship and was the highest scorer for his team with an average of 35.80.

In February – March of 2008, he was made the Captain of the India Under 19 Cricket Team for the U-19 World Cup in Malaysia. He returned home victorious and with many achievements under his belt.

Following his spectacular performance in both batting and bowling and also his capacity to keep his cool under pressure, he was bought by the Indian Premier League’s Franchise of Royal Challengers Bangalore on a youth contract.

ICC- Championship Trophy

In the July of 2008, he was picked out for the tentative 30 man squad for ICC Championship Trophy to be held later that year.

When the Championship Trophy was postponed to 2009, he was selected for a tour of Sri Lanka for an ODI series by the selectors of the Indian Cricket Team. In this tour is when he got his chance at playing on the Indian A-Team. Due to both Sehwag and Tendulkar being injured and unavailable, Kohli was called up as a makeshift opening batsman for the team. He scored his first ODI fifty in that series, and India went on to win the series against Sri Lanka.

After that, he was repeatedly called up for the Indian Team, although he didn’t much get chances to play.

T-20 Captaincy

on January 2017 MS Dhoni gave up his one day and T20 captaincy, Kohli was chosen as the captain of the nation side for all three formats

 

In July- August 2009, Kohli was selected for Emerging Players Tournament that was being played in Australia amongst four teams. He was the leading scorer in that tournament with 398 runs and a batting average of 66.33.

In the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy, he played as a substitute for the injured Yuvraj Singh. He again finished as the tournament’s highest run scorer with an average of 91.66.

 

In the tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in May-June 2010,Kohli was made the vice-captain as many first team cricketers skipped the tour. Even though India crashed out of the series, Kohli managed to get enough runs to reach 1000 in ODIs, making him the fastest Indian batsman to reach that milestone.

Highest Scorer

In an ODI series in late 2010 at home Kohli outperformed everyone and ended the year on a high note as India’s highest run scorer of the calendar year.

In January 2011, Virat Kohli reached on. 2 in the ICC cricket Rankings as an ODI batsman, and he was named in the ICC Cricket World Cup’s 15 man squad. He justified his skipper’s faith in him by scoring an unbeaten century in the first match of the tournament. His performance in the final was a very important one and India brought home the World Cup for the first time since 1983.

It was in the 2012 Asia Cup that Kohli was made the vice-captain. It was in this tournament that he scored 183 whilst chasing and broke Brian Lara’s long-standing record of 156.

He has scored 26 centuries in 174 innings that he took to the pitch in an ODI for India.

He is 4th Player in the list of Most Centuries by a batsman in ODIs following Sachin, Ricky Ponting and Sanath Jayasuriya.

He Has Declared as Player of the Tournament For 2016 T20 Worldcup.

ICC Made Him 2016 T20 World XI Team Captain.

in VIVO IPL 2016, Kohli won the Orange Cap for scoring a record Maximum runs of 973. He was also the awarded the honor of Man of the Series.

Kohli, had a prolific 2016 and scored 1215 runs from 12 Tests at an average of 75.93, which also included three double hundreds – most by any captain. In ODIs last year, he slammed three hundreds from 10 matches.

Read More

Virat Kohli has admitted himself that he’s a superstitious person, he wears black wristbands for luck and a Kara since 2012. Earlier in his career, he used to wear the same gloves that he’d scored well with.

Virat Kohli has a total of four tattoos. The two on his right hand are pretty straightforward. One of his Zodiac sign Scorpio and another is a tribal design that he has yet to reveal the meaning of. But the two on his left are what speaks volumes about India’s Test Skipper.

The Tattoo on the inside of his upper left hand is that of a Samurai with a raised sword. Virat Kohli had said about that tattoo that he admires the discipline, the training and the focus of the samurai warriors. And the tattoo on his left forearm is the Chinese symbol of Faith.

He says that the tattoos talk about who he is as a person, and they are very personal as well as important to him.

Virat Kohli has been linked to various high-profile women over time. He has dated Sarah Jane Dias, an Indian Model, and VJ, Sanjana, another actress for a short while. For a while, he’s dated Tamanna Bhatia, Izabelle Leite, a Brazilian Model and lately he was in a quite a high profile relationship with Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma and now they are happily married too.

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