Since the time Virat Kohli won the under- 19 World Cup in 2008, a lot of words have been dedicated to dissecting his game and other aspects of his life.
Kohli has broken many records and on a mission to continue this for the next few years. He is certainly one of the best limited over batter of this generation.
Let’s have a look in a few of the memorable feats achieved by Virat Kohli.
Kohli started playing cricket at the age of eight. His first coach was Rajkumar Sharma. In 1996-97, Rajkumar Sharma started his academy and Kohli was one of the first 200 students of that academy. Virat’s towering talent and enthusiasm convinced Rajkumar of his specialty. According to him, “his eagerness to learn the nuances of every aspect of the game impressed me thoroughly.”
During Tendulkar’s last ODI innings Kohli was at the other end. It was at the Asia Cup, 2012 in Dhaka where Kohli and Tendulkar had a 133 run partnership against Pakistan. Interestingly, Kohli replaced Tendulkar after he was dismissed during his final Test Innings against West Indies in Mumbai. Kohli applauded Tendulkar before entering the field as Tendulkar waved goodbye.
Kohli surpassed Sehwag to score the fastest ODI hundred for India in 2013. While chasing 360 in an ODI against Australia in Jaipur, Kohli smashed a ton off only 52 balls. It broke Virender Sehwag’s record, achieved in 2009 when he scored 100 off 60 balls against New Zealand in Hamilton.
Kohli is a part-time bowler. His first twenty 20 wicket was interesting. During a T20I against England in Manchester in 2011, Kohli bowled a wide first up and the batsman Kevin Pietersen was stumped. It was a wicket on a wide delivery.
Virat is the first Indian player to score a hundred on his World Cup debut which he scored against Bangladesh in Dhaka during India’s first match in that tournament. Before Kohli’s 100 not out, the highest score for India in World Cup debut was 97, achieved by Sourav Ganguly in Hove against South Africa during 1999 World cup. Interestingly Kohli again scored a century in India’s first match in 2015 World cup against Pakistan.
Virat Kohli is the only player to notch up four centuries in one IPL season. He reached this extraordinary form during 2016 version of the tournament when his 973 runs in the season with four 100’s and seven 50’s took Royal Challengers Bangalore to the final of the tournament before losing out by just 8 runs to Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Virat Kohli has a memorable captaincy debut during India’s last test tour in Australia. He scored a century in both innings, became only the second player to achieve the feat in captaincy debut after Australia’s Greg Chappell. However, Kohli was the first one to achieve this in an away ground. Also, Kohli’s match aggregate of 256 runs is recorded for captaincy debuts. India lost that thrilling Test match in Adelaide by just 48 runs.