Virat Kohli

Indian cricketer (born 1988)

Virat Kohli

Kohli at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi in 2018
Personal information
Born (1988-11-05) 5 November 1988 (age 34)
New Delhi, India
Nickname Cheeku
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium
Role Top-order batter
Relations Anushka Sharma (wife)
International information
National side
  • India (2008–present)
Test debut (cap 269) 20 June 2011 v West Indies
Last Test 1 July 2022 v England
ODI debut (cap 175) 18 August 2008 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI 17 July 2022 v England
ODI shirt no 18
T20I debut (cap 31) 12 June 2010 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I 10 November 2022 v England
T20I shirt no 18
Domestic team information
Years Team
2006–present Delhi
2008–present Royal Challengers Bangalore
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 102 262 115 134
Runs scored 8,074 12,344 4,008 10,323
Batting average 4953 5768 5273 5060
100s/50s 27/28 43/64 1/37 34/36
Top score 254 183 122 254
Balls bowled 175 641 152 643
Wickets 0 4 4 3
Bowling average 16625 5100 11266
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 1/15 1/13 1/19
Catches/stumpings 102/– 138/– 50/– 133/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo,, 10 November 2022

Virat Kohli (Hindi:  (listen); born 5 November 1988) is an Indian international cricketer and former captain of the India national cricket team Widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time, Kohli plays as a right-handed batsman for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League and for Delhi in domestic cricket

Kohli made his Test debut in 2011 He reached the number one spot in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen for the first time in 2013  He has won Man of the Tournament twice at the ICC World Twenty20 (in 2014 and 2016) He is also the leading run scorer of all time in T20 Internationals, as well as the current leading run scorer in T20 World Cups

Kohli has been the recipient of many awards– most notably the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Decade): 2011–2020; Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) in 2017 and 2018; ICC Test Player of the Year (2018); ICC ODI Player of the Year (2012, 2017, 2018) and Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World (2016, 2017 and 2018) At the national level, he was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2013, the Padma Shri under the sports category in 2017 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest sporting honour in India, in 2018

In 2016, he was ranked as one of the world’s most famous athletes by ESPN and one of the most valuable athlete brands by Forbes In 2018, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world In 2020, he was ranked 66th in Forbes list of the top 100 highest-paid athletes in the world for the year 2020 with estimated earnings of over $26 million

Early life

Virat Kohli was born on 5 November 1988 in New Delhi into a Punjabi Hindu family His father, Prem Kohli, worked as a criminal lawyer and his mother, Saroj Kohli, is a homemaker He has an older brother, Vikash, and an older sister, Bhavna

Kohli was raised in Uttam Nagar and started his schooling at Vishal Bharti Public School In 1998, the West Delhi Cricket Academy was created and a nine-year-old Kohli was part of its first intake Kohli trained at the academy under Rajkumar Sharma and also played matches at the Sumeet Dogra Academy at Vasundhara Enclave at the same time In ninth grade, he shifted to Saviour Convent in Paschim Vihar to help his cricket practice His family lived in Meera Bagh until 2015 when they moved to Gurgaon

Kohli’s father died on 18 December 2006 due to a stroke after being bed-ridden for a month

Youth and domestic career

Kohli at post match event, India vs New Zealand, 2010

Delhi

Kohli first played for Delhi Under-15 team in October 2002 in the 2002–03 Polly Umrigar Trophy He became the captain of the team for the 2003–04 Polly Umrigar Trophy In late 2004, he was selected in the Delhi Under-17 team for the 2003–04 Vijay Merchant Trophy Delhi Under-17s won the 2004–05 Vijay Merchant Trophy in which Kohli finished as the highest run-scorer with 757 runs from 7 matches with two centuries In February 2006, he made his List A debut for Delhi against Services but did not get to bat

Kohli made his first-class debut for Delhi against Tamil Nadu in November 2006, at the age of 18, he scored 10 runs in his debut innings He came into the spotlight in December when he decided to play for his team against Karnataka on the day after his father’s death and went on to score 90 He went directly to the funeral after he got out in the match He scored a total of 257 runs from 6 matches at an average of 3671 in that season

India Under-19

In July 2006, Kohli was selected in the India Under-19 squad on its tour of England He averaged 105 in the three-match ODI series against England Under-19s and 49 in the three-match Test series India Under-19 went on to win both the series In September, the India Under-19 team toured Pakistan Kohli averaged 58 in the Test series and 4166 in the ODI series against Pakistan Under-19s

In April 2007, he made his Twenty20 debut and finished as the highest run-getter for his team in the Inter-State T20 Championship with 179 runs at an average of 3580 In July–August 2007, the India Under-19 team toured Sri Lanka In the triangular series against Sri Lanka Under-19s and Bangladesh Under-19s, Kohli was the second highest run-getter with 146 runs at an average of 29 from 5 matches In the two-match Test series that followed, he scored 244 runs at an average of 122 including a century and a fifty

In February–March 2008, Kohli captained the victorious Indian team at the 2008 Under-19 Cricket World Cup held in Malaysia Batting at number 3, he scored 235 runs in 6 matches at an average of 47 and finished as the tournament’s third-highest run-getter and one of the three batsmen to score a hundred in the tournament He has helped India in a three-wicket semi-final win over New Zealand Under-19s by taking 2 wickets and scoring 43 runs in the run-chase and was awarded the man of the match

In June 2008, Kohli and his Under-19 teammates Pradeep Sangwan and Tanmay Srivastava were awarded the Border-Gavaskar scholarship The scholarship allowed the three players to train for six weeks at Cricket Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Brisbane He was also picked in the India Emerging Players squad for the four-team Emerging Players Tournament and scored 206 runs in six matches at an average of 4120

Early international career

In August 2008, Kohli was included in the Indian ODI squad for tour of Sri Lanka and the Champions Trophy in Pakistan Prior to the Sri Lankan tour, Kohli had played only eight List A matches So, his selection was called a “surprise call-up” During the Sri Lankan tour, as both first-choice openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were injured, Kohli batted as a makeshift opener throughout the series He made his international debut, at the age of 19, in the first ODI of the tour and was dismissed for 12 He made his first ODI half century, a score of 54, in the fourth match

After the postponement of the Champions Trophy to 2009, Kohli was picked as a replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan in the India A squad for the unofficial Tests against Australia A in September 2008

Kohli, after recovering from a minor shoulder injury, returned to the national team replacing the injured Gautam Gambhir in the Indian squad for the tri-series in Sri Lanka He batted at number 4 for India in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy because of an injury to Yuvraj Singh He found a place in the home ODI series against Sri Lanka in December 2009 and scored 27 and 54 in the first two ODIs before making way for Yuvraj who regained fitness for the third ODI However, Yuvraj’s finger injury recurred leading to him being ruled out indefinitely Kohli returned to the team in the fourth ODI at Kolkata and scored his first ODI century–107 off 114 balls–sharing a 224-run partnership for the third wicket with Gambhir India won by seven wickets to seal the series 3–1

Tendulkar was rested for the tri-nation ODI tournament in Bangladesh in January 2010, which enabled Kohli to play in each of India’s five matches During this series he became only the third Indian batsman to score two ODI centuries before their 22nd birthday Kohli was much praised for his performances during the series as the leading run scorer of the series with 275 runs from five innings at an average of 9166

Rise through the ranks

Kohli batting in an ODI against New Zealand in December 2010

Kohli’s first foray into leadership on an international level was when he was made vice-captain for the tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe in May–June 2010, this came about as many more established players were rested for the tour Kohli made 168 runs at an average of 4200 including two fifties, During the series, Kohli became the fastest Indian batsman to reach 1,000 runs in ODI cricket He made his International T20 debut against Zimbabwe at Harare and scored an unbeaten 26 Later that month, Kohli batted at 3 in an Indian team throughout the 2010 Asia Cup and scored a total of 67 runs at an average of 1675 His struggles with form continued in the tri-series against Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Sri Lanka where he averaged 15

Despite the poor run of form, Kohli was retained in the ODI squad for a three-match series against Australia in October, and in the only completed match of the series at Visakhapatnam, scored his third ODI century Winning the man of the match, he admitted that he was under pressure to keep his place in the team after failures in the two previous series During the home ODI series against New Zealand, Kohli scored a match-winning century, his fourth ODI hundred and second in succession, in the first game, India completed a 5–0 whitewash of New Zealand, while Kohli’s performance in the series helped him become a regular in the ODI team and made him a strong contender for a spot in India’s World Cup squad He was India’s leading run-scorer in ODIs in 2010, with 995 runs from 25 matches at an average of 4738 including three centuries and seven fifties

Kohli was India’s leading run scorer in the five-match ODI series of the South African tour in January 2011, with 193 runs at an average of 4825 including two fifties, both in Indian defeats During the series, he jumped to number two spot on the ICC Rankings for Men’s ODI batters, and was named in India’s 15-man squad for the World Cup

Kohli played in every match of India’s successful World Cup campaign He scored an unbeaten 100, his fifth ODI century, in the first match against Bangladesh and became the first Indian batsman to score a century on World Cup debut In the final against Sri Lanka at Mumbai, he scored 35, sharing an 83-run partnership with Gambhir for the third wicket after India had lost both openers within the seventh over chasing 275

Consistent performances in international cricket

Kohli fielding during a match in December 2010

Breakthrough in Test cricket

When India toured the West Indies in June–July 2011, they selected a largely inexperienced squad, resting Tendulkar and others such as- Gambhir and Sehwag missing out due to injuries Kohli was one of three uncapped players in the Test squad He found success in the ODI series which India won 3–2, with a total of 199 runs at an average of 3980 His best efforts came in the second ODI at Port of Spain where he won the man of the match for his score of 81 which gave India a seven-wicket victory, and the fifth ODI at Kingston where his innings of 94 came in a seven-wicket defeat Kohli made his Test debut at Kingston in the first match of the Test series that followed He batted at 5 and was dismissed for 4 and 15 caught behind off the bowling of Fidel Edwards in both innings India went on to win the Test series 1–0 but Kohli amassed just 76 runs from five innings, struggling against the short ball

Initially dropped from the Test squad for India’s four-match series in England in July and August due to poor performance in his debut series, Kohli was recalled as a replacement for the injured Yuvraj, though he did not got to play in any match in the series He found moderate success in the subsequent ODI series in which he averaged 3880 His score of 55 in the first ODI at Chester-le-Street was followed by a string of low scores in the next three matches In the last game of the series, Kohli scored his sixth ODI hundred–107 runs off 93 balls–and shared a 170-run third-wicket partnership with Rahul Dravid, who was playing his last ODI, to help India post their first 300-plus total of the tour Kohli was dismissed hit wicket in that innings which was the only century in the series by any player on either team and earned him praise for his “hard work” and “maturity”

In October 2011, Kohli was the leading run-scorer of the five-match home ODI series against England which India won 5–0 He scored a total of 270 runs across five matches at an average of 90, including unbeaten knocks of 112 from 98 balls at Delhi, where he put on an unbroken 209-run partnership with Gambhir, and 86 at Mumbai, both in successful run-chases Owing to his ODI success, Kohli was included in the Test squad to face the West Indies in November He was selected in the final match of the series in which he scored a pair of fifties in the match India won the subsequent ODI series 4–1 in which Kohli managed to accumulate 243 runs at 6075 During the series, Kohli scored his eighth ODI century and his second at Visakhapatnam, where he made 117 off 123 balls in India’s run-chase of 270, a knock which raised his reputation as “an expert of the chase” Kohli ended up as the leading run-getter in ODIs for the year 2011, with 1381 runs from 34 matches at 4762 including four centuries and eight fifties

During tour of Australia in December 2011, Kohli failed to go past 25 in the first two Tests, as his defensive technique was exposed While fielding on the boundary during the second day of the second match, he gestured to the crowd with his middle finger for which he was fined 50% of his match fee by the match referee He top-scored in each of India’s innings in the third Test at Perth, with 44 and 75, even as India got their second consecutive innings defeat In the fourth and final match at Adelaide, Kohli scored his maiden Test century of 116 runs in the first innings India suffered a 0–4 whitewash and Kohli, India’s top run-scorer in the series, was described as “the lone bright spot in an otherwise nightmare visit for the tourists”

Excellence in ODIs

In the first seven matches of the Commonwealth Bank triangular series that India played against hosts Australia and Sri Lanka, Kohli made two fifties–77 at Perth and 66 at Brisbane–both against Sri Lanka Being set a target of 321 by Sri Lanka, Kohli came to the crease with India’s score at 86/2 and went on to score 133 not out from 86 balls to take India to a comfortable win with 13 overs to spare India earned a bonus point with the win and Kohli was named Man of the Match for his knock Former Australian cricketer and commentator Dean Jones rated Kohli’s innings as “one of the greatest ODI knocks of all time” However, Sri Lanka beat Australia three days later in their last group fixture and knocked India out of the series With 373 runs at 5328, Kohli finished as India’s highest run-scorer and lone centurion of the series

Kohli fielding during a CB Series match against Australia in February 2012

Kohli was appointed the vice-captain for the 2012 Asia Cup in Bangladesh on the back of his fine performance in Australia Kohli was in fine form during the tournament, finishing as the leading run-scorer with 357 runs at an average of 119 He scored 108 in the first match against Sri Lanka in a 50-run Indian victory, while India lost their next match to Bangladesh in which he made 66 In the final group stage match against Pakistan, he scored a personal best 183 off 148 balls, his 11th ODI century He helped India to chase down 330, their highest successful ODI run-chase at the time His knock was the highest individual score in Asia Cup history surpassing previous record of 144 by Younis Khan in 2004, the joint-second highest score, with Dhoni, in an ODI run-chase and the highest individual score against Pakistan in ODIs Kohli was awarded the man of the match in both the matches that India won, but India could not progress to the final of the tournament

In July–August 2012, Kohli struck two centuries in the five-match ODI tour of Sri Lanka–106 off 113 balls at Hambantota and 128 off 119 balls at Colombo–winning man of the match in both games India won the series 4–1 and Kohli was named player of the series In the one-off T20I that followed, he scored a 48-ball 68, his first T20I fifty, and won the player of the series award Kohli scored his second Test century at Bangalore during New Zealand’s tour of India and won man of the match award India won the two-match series 2–0, and Kohli averaged 106 with one hundred and two fifties from three innings In the subsequent T20I series, he scored 70 runs off 41 balls, but India lost the match by one run and the series 1–0 He continued to be in good form during the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, with 185 runs, the highest among Indian batsmen, from 5 matches at an average of 4625 He hit two fifties during the tournament, against Afghanistan and Pakistan, winning man of the match for both innings He was named in the ICC ‘Team of the Tournament’

Kohli’s Test form dipped during the first three matches of England’s tour of India, between October 2012 and January 2013, with a top score of 20 and England leading the series 2–1 He scored a patient 103 from 295 balls in the last match However, the match ended in a draw and England won their first Test series in India in 28 years Against Pakistan in December 2012, Kohli averaged 18 in the T20Is and 433 in the ODIs, being troubled by the fast bowlers, particularly Junaid Khan, who dismissed him on all three occasions in the ODI series Kohli had a quiet ODI series against England, apart from a match-winning 77 in the third ODI with a total of 155 runs at an average of 3875

Kohli scored his fourth Test century (107) at Chennai in the first match of the home Test series against Australia in February 2013 India completed a 4–0 series sweep, becoming the first team to whitewash Australia in more than four decades Kohli averaged 5680 in the series

In June 2013, Kohli featured in the ICC Champions Trophy in England which India won He scored a 144 against Sri Lanka in warm-up match He scored 31, 22 and 22 in India’s group matches against South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan respectively, while India qualified for the semi-finals with an undefeated record In the semi-final against Sri Lanka at Cardiff, he struck 58 in an eight-wicket win for India The final between India and England at Birmingham was reduced to 20 overs after a rain delay India batted first and Kohli top-scored with 43 from 34 ball, helping India reach 129/7 in 20 overs India went on to secure a five-run win and their second consecutive ICC ODI tournament victory He was also named as part of the ‘Team of the Tournament’ by the ICC

Setting records

Kohli batting against South Africa in Cardiff during the Champions Trophy in June 2013

Kohli stood-in as the captain for the first ODI of the triangular series in the West Indies after Dhoni injured himself during the match India lost the match by one wicket, and Dhoni was subsequently ruled out of the series with Kohli being named the captain for the remaining matches In his second match as captain, Kohli scored his first century as captain, making 102 off 83 balls against the West Indies at Port of Spain in a bonus point win for India Many senior players, including Dhoni, were rested for the five-match ODI tour of Zimbabwe in July 2013, with Kohli being appointed captain for an entire series for the first time In the first game of the series at Harare, he struck 115 runs from 108 balls, helping India chase down the target of 229 and winning the man of the match award He batted on two more occasions in the series in which he had scores of 14 and 68 India completed a 5–0 sweep of the series; their first in an away ODI series

Kohli had a successful time with the bat in the seven-match ODI series against Australia After top-scoring with 61 in the opening loss at Pune, he struck the fastest century by an Indian in ODIs in the second match at Jaipur Reaching the milestone in just 52 balls and putting up an unbroken 186-run second-wicket partnership with Rohit Sharma that came in 172 overs, Kohli’s innings of 100 helped India chase down the target of 360 for the loss of one wicket with more than six overs to spare This chase was the second-highest successful run-chase in ODI cricket at the time, while Kohli’s knock became the fastest century against Australia and the third-fastest in a run-chase He followed that innings with 68 in the next match at Mohali in another Indian defeat In the sixth ODI at Nagpur, he struck 115 off only 66 balls to help India successfully chase the target of 351 and level the series 2–2 and won the man of the match He reached the 100-run mark in 61 balls, making it the third-fastest ODI century by an Indian batsman, and also became the fastest batsman in the world to score 17 hundreds in ODI cricket India clinched the series after winning the last match in which he was run out for a duck At the conclusion of the series, Kohli moved to the top position in the ICC ODI batsmen rankings for the first time in his career

Kohli batted twice in the two-match Test series against the West Indies, and had scores of 3 and 57 This was also the last Test series for Tendulkar and Kohli was expected to take Tendulkar’s number 4 batting position after the series In the first game of the three-match ODI series that followed at Kochi, Kohli made 86 to seal a six-wicket win and won the man of the match He missed out on his third century at Visakhapatnam in the next match, after being dismissed for 99 playing a hook shot off Ravi Rampaul India lost the match by two wickets, but took the series 2–1 after winning the last match at Kanpur With 204 runs at 6800, Kohli finished the series as the leading run-getter and was awarded the man of the series

2013–14 overseas seasons

Virat Kohli batting against UAE during 2015 Cricket World Cup

India toured South Africa in December 2013 for three ODIs and two Tests Kohli averaged 1550 in the ODIs, including a duck In the first Test at Johannesburg, playing his first Test in South Africa and batting at 4 for the first time, Kohli scored 119 and 96 His hundred was the first by a subcontinent batsman at the venue since 1998 The match ended in a draw, and Kohli was awarded man of the match India failed to win a single match on the tour, losing the second Test by 10 wickets in which he made 46 and 11

During New Zealand tour, he averaged 5821 in the five-match ODI series in which his all efforts went in vain as India were defeated 4–0 He made 214 runs at 7133 in the two-match Test series that followed including an unbeaten 105 on the last day of the second Test at Wellington that helped India save the match

India then traveled to Bangladesh for the Asia Cup and World Twenty20 Dhoni was ruled out of the Asia Cup after suffering a side strain during the New Zealand tour, which led to Kohli being named the captain for the tournament Kohli scored 136 off 122 balls in India’s opening match against Bangladesh, sharing a 213-run third-wicket stand with Ajinkya Rahane, which helped India successfully chase 280 It was his 19th ODI century and his fifth in Bangladesh, making him the batsman with most ODI centuries in Bangladesh India were knocked out of the tournament after narrow losses against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, in which Kohli scored 48 and 5 respectively Dhoni returned from injury to captain the team for 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and Kohli was named vice-captain He scored 54 off 41 balls in the game against West Indies and an unbeaten 57 from 50 balls against Bangladesh, both in successful run-chases In the semi-final, he made an unbeaten 72 in 44 deliveries to help India achieve the target of 173 He won the man of the match for this knock India posted 130/4 in the final against Sri Lanka, in which Kohli scored 77 from 58 balls, and eventually lost the match by six wickets Kohli made a total of 319 runs in the tournament at an average of 10633, a record for most runs by an individual batsman in a single World Twenty20 tournament, for which he won the Man of the Tournament award

India conceded a 3–1 defeat in the five-match Test series against England Kohli failed poorly in the series averaging just 1340 in 10 innings scoring 134 runs overall with a top score of 39 It was a nightmare tour for him as he was dismissed for single-digit scores on six occasions in the series and was particularly susceptible to the swinging ball on off stump line, being dismissed several times edging the ball to the wicket-keeper or slip fielders Man of the series James Anderson got Kohli’s wicket four times, while Kohli’s batting technique was questioned by analysts and former cricketers India won the ODI series that followed 3–1, but Kohli’s struggles with the bat continued with an average of 18 in four innings In the one-off T20I, he scored 41-ball 66, his first fifty-plus score of the tour India lost the match by three runs, but Kohli reached the number one spot for T20I batsmen in the ICC rankings

Kohli had a successful time during India’s home ODI series win over the West Indies in October 2014 His 62 in the second ODI at Delhi was his first fifty across Tests and ODIs in 16 innings since February, and he stated that he got his “confidence back” with the innings He struck his 20th ODI hundred–127 runs in 114 balls–in the fourth match at Dharamsala India registered a 59-run victory and Kohli was awarded man of the match Dhoni was rested for the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in November, enabling Kohli to lead the team for another full series Kohli batted at 4 throughout the series and made scores of 22, 49, 53 and 66 in the first four ODIs, with India leading the series 4–0 In the fifth ODI at Ranchi, he made an unbeaten 139 off 126 balls to give his team a three-wicket win and a whitewash of Sri Lanka Kohli was awarded player of the series, and it was the second whitewash under his captaincy During the series he became the fastest batter in the world to go past the 6000-run mark in ODIs With 1054 ODI runs at 5855 in 2014, he became the second player in the world after Sourav Ganguly to make more than 1,000 runs in ODIs for four consecutive calendar years

Captaincy

Virat Kohli after scoring a hundred against England in 2018 Test series

Australia tour of 2014–15

For the first Test of the Australian tour in December 2014, Dhoni was not part of the Indian team at Adelaide due to an injury, and Kohli took the reins as Test captain for the first time Kohli scored 115 in India’s first innings, becoming the fourth Indian to score a hundred on Test captaincy debut In their second innings, India were set a target of 364 to be scored on the fifth day Kohli put on 185 runs for the third wicket with Murali Vijay before Vijay’s dismissal, which triggered a batting collapse From 242/2, India was bowled out for 315 with Kohli’s 141 off 175 balls being the top score

Dhoni returned to the team as captain for the second match at Brisbane where Kohli scored 19 and 1 in a four-wicket defeat for India In the Melbourne Boxing Day Test, he made his personal best Test score of 169 in the first innings while sharing a 262-run partnership with Rahane, India’s biggest partnership outside Asia in ten years Kohli followed it with a score of 54 in India’s second innings on the fifth day, helping his team draw the Test match Dhoni announced his retirement from Test cricket at the conclusion of this match, and Kohli was appointed as the full-time Test captain ahead of the fourth Test at Sydney Captaining the Test team for the second time, Kohli hit 147 in the first innings of the match and became the first batsman in Test cricket history to score three hundreds in his first three innings as Test captain He was dismissed for 46 in the second innings and the match ended in a draw Kohli’s total of 692 runs in four Tests was the most by any Indian batsman in a Test series in Australia

In January 2015, India failed to win a single match in the tri-nation ODI series against the hosts Australia and England Kohli was unable to replicate his Test success in ODIs, failing to make a two-digit score in any of the four games Kohli’s ODI form did not improve in the lead-up to the World Cup, with scores of 18 and 5 in the warm-up matches against Australia and Afghanistan respectively

In the first match of the World Cup against Pakistan at Adelaide, Kohli hit 107 in 126 balls For his knock, he was awarded the man of the match award Kohli also became first Indian batsman to score a century against Pakistan in a World Cup match He was dismissed for 46 in India’s second match against South Africa India went on to register a 130-run victory in the match India batted second in their remaining four group matches in which Kohli scored 33, 33, 44 and 38 against UAE, West Indies, Ireland and Zimbabwe respectively India went on to secure wins in these four fixtures and top the Pool B points with an undefeated record In India’s 109-run victory in the quarter-final over Bangladesh, Kohli was dismissed by Rubel Hossain for 3, edging the ball to the wicket-keeper India was eliminated in the semi-final by Australia at Melbourne, where Kohli was dismissed for 1 off 13 balls

After 2015 Cricket World Cup

Kohli had a slump in form when India toured Bangladesh in June 2015 He contributed only 14 in the one-off Test which ended in a draw and averaged 1633 in the ODI series which Bangladesh won 2–1 Kohli ended his streak of low scores by scoring his 11th Test hundred in the first Test of the Sri Lankan tour which India lost India won the next two matches to seal the series 2–1, Kohli’s first series win as Test captain and India’s first away Test series win in four years

During South Africa’s tour of India, Kohli became the fastest batsman in the world at that time to make 1,000 runs in T20I cricket, reaching the milestone in his 27th innings In the ODI series, he made a century in the fourth ODI at Chennai that helped India draw level in the series India lost the series after a defeat in the final ODI and Kohli finished the series with an average of 49 India came back to beat the top-ranked South African team 3–0 in the four-match Test series under Kohli’s captaincy, and climbed to number two position on the ICC Test rankings Virat scored a total of 200 runs in the series at 3333Kohli started 2016 with scores of 91 and 59 in the first two ODIs of the limited-overs tour of Australia He followed it up with a pair of hundreds–a run-a-ball 117 at Melbourne and 106 from 92 balls at Canberra During the course of the series, he became the fastest batsman in the world to cross the 7000-run mark in ODIs, getting to the milestone in his 161st innings, and the fastest to get to 25 centuries After the ODI series ended in a 1–4 loss, the Indian team came back to whitewash the Australians 3–0 in the T20I series Kohli made fifties in all three T20Is with scores of 90, 59 and 50, winning two man of the matches as well as the man of the series award He was also instrumental in India winning the Asia Cup in Bangladesh the following month in which he scored 49 in a run-chase of 84 against Pakistan, followed by an unbeaten 56 against Sri Lanka and 41 not out in the Final against Bangladesh

Kohli maintained his form in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 in India, scoring 55 in another successful run-chase against Pakistan He struck an unbeaten 82 from 51 balls in India’s must-win group match against Australia in “an innings of sheer class” with “clean cricket shots” It helped India win by six wickets and register a spot in the semi-final In the semi-final, Kohli top-scored with an unbeaten 89 from 47 deliveries, but West Indies overhauled India’s total of 192 and ended India’s campaign His total of 273 runs in five matches at an average of 13650 earned him his second consecutive Man of the Tournament award at the World Twenty20 He was named as captain of the ‘Team of the Tournament’ for the 2016 World Twenty20 by the ICC

Consistent performances in Test cricket

Virat Kohli batting against England at Trent Bridge

Playing his first Test in the West Indies since his debut series, Kohli scored 200 in the first Test at Antigua to ensure an innings-and-92-run win for India, their biggest win ever outside of Asia It was his first double hundred in first-class cricket and the first made away from home by an Indian captain in Tests India went on to wrap the series 2–0 and briefly top the ICC Test Rankings before being displaced by Pakistan at the position He scored another double hundred–211 at Indore in the third Test against New Zealand–as India’s 3–0 whitewash victory saw them regain the top position in the ICC Test Rankings In the subsequent ODI series, Kohli set up two wins for India batting second with unbeaten knocks of 85 and 154 He then made 65 in the series-deciding fifth game at Visakhapatnam which India won

Kohli got double centuries in the next two Test series against England and Bangladesh, making him the first batsman ever to score double centuries in four consecutive series He broke the record of Australian great Donald Bradman and Rahul Dravid, both of whom had managed to get three Against England, he got his then-highest Test score of 235

2017 ICC Champions Trophy

Virat Kohli got the chance to captain in an ICC tournament for the first time in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy In the semi-final against Bangladesh, Kohli scored 96, thus becoming the fastest batsman, in terms of innings, to reach 8,000 runs in ODIs in 175 innings India reached the final, but lost to Pakistan by 180 runs In the third over of Indian innings, Virat Kohli was dropped in the slips for just five runs but caught the next ball by Shadab Khan at point on the bowling of Mohammad Amir He was also named as part of the ‘Team of the Tournament’ at the 2017 Champions Trophy by the ICC

Post Champions Trophy performances

He followed it up with ODI centuries against the West Indies and Sri Lanka in consecutive series, equalling Ricky Ponting’s tally of 30 ODI centuries In October 2017, he was adjudged the ODI player of the series against New Zealand for scoring two ODI centuries, during the course of which he made a new record for the most runs (8,888), best average (5555) and highest number of centuries (31) for any batsman when completing 200 ODIs Kohli made several more records during the 3 match Test series against Sri Lanka at home in November After scoring a century and a double century in the first two Tests, he ended up scoring yet another double century in the third Test, during which he became the eleventh Indian batsman to surpass 5000 runs in Test cricket while scoring his 20th Test century and 6th double century During this match he also became the first batsman to score six double hundreds as a captain With 610 runs in the series, Kohli also became the highest run-scorer by an Indian in a three-match Test series and the fourth-highest overall India comfortably won the three-match series 1–0 and Kohli was adjudged man of the match for the second and third Test matches and player of the series With this win, India equaled Australia for the record streak of nine consecutive series wins in Test cricket He ended the year with 2818 international runs, which is recorded as the third-highest tally ever in a calendar year and the highest tally ever by an Indian player The ICC named Kohli as captain of both their World Test XI and ODI XI for 2017

Overseas season and West Indies at home

Kohli fielding in a Test match against England at Trent Bridge in 2018

Kohli had a fared average in the Test matches as India lost 1–2 during the South Africa tour in 2018, but came back strongly to score 558 runs in the 6 ODIs, making a record for the highest runs scored in a bilateral ODI series This included three centuries, remaining unbeaten in two with a best of 160 India won the ODI series 5–1, Kohli becoming the first Indian captain to win an ODI series in South Africa

In March 2018, Kohli played county cricket in England in June, in order to improve his batting before the start of India’s tour to England the following month He signed to play for Surrey, but a neck injury ruled him out of his stint in England before it even began On 2 August, Kohli scored his first Test century on English soil in the first test match of the series against England On 5 August, Kohli displaced Steve Smith to become the No 1 ranked Test batsman in the ICC Test rankings He also became the seventh Indian batsman and first since Sachin Tendulkar in June 2011 to achieve this feat In the third test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, Kohli scored 97 and 103, and helped India win by 203 runs At the end of 5-match test series, Kohli scored 593 runs, which was third highest runs by an Indian batsman in a losing test series Kohli’s consistent performance in the series against the moving ball when other batsman failed to perform was hailed by British Media as one of his finest The Guardian describes Kohli’s batting display as One of the Greatest batting display in a losing cause

During ODI series against West Indies in 2018, Kohli became the 12th batsman and fastest player to score 10,000 ODI runs He surpassed the milestone with 205 innings which is 54 innings less than the next quickest to the landmark, Sachin Tendulkar In the course he scored his 37th ODI century On 27 October, after scoring his 38th ODI century, Kohli became the first batsman for India, first captain and tenth overall, to score three successive centuries in ODIs He ended up scoring 453 runs in 5 innings, at an average of 15100, in the 5-match series and was the Player of the Series

On 16 December 2018 in the 2018–2019 Border Gavaskar Trophy, Kohli scored his 25th test hundred in Perth His knock of 123 was his 6th hundred in three tours to Australia making him the only Indian to score 6 test hundreds in Australia after Sachin Tendulkar He also became the fastest Indian and second fastest overall (125 innings) to score 25 test hundreds, second only to Donald Bradman (68 innings) which was bettered by Steven Smith during 2019 Ashes (119 innings) Kohli’s knock was rated by several analysts and former cricketers as one of his finest against a quality Australian attack Although he broke several records in the game, his innings proved to insufficient as India went down by 146 runs as Australia levelled the series with two tests remaining Overall, he finished the series with 282 runs at an average of 40 By winning the test series in Australia, he had become the first Indian and also the first Asian skipper to win a test series in Australia He was again named as captain of both the World Test XI and ODI XI for 2018 by the ICC

2019 Cricket World Cup

In April 2019, he was named the captain of India’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup On 16 June 2019, in India’s match against Pakistan, Kohli became the fastest batsman, in terms of innings, to score 11,000 runs in ODI cricket He reached the landmark in his 222nd innings Eleven days later, in the match against the West Indies, Kohli became the fastest cricketer, in terms of innings, to score 20,000 runs in international cricket, doing so in his 417th innings Kohli scored five consecutive fifty plus score in the tournament India lost the semi-final against New Zealand, in which Kohli was out for just a run

Post 2019 World Cup performances

In October 2019, Kohli captained India for the 50th time in Test cricket, in the second Test against South Africa In the first innings of the match, Kohli scored an unbeaten 254 runs, passing 7,000 runs in Tests in the process, and became the first batsman for India to score seven double centuries in Test cricket In November 2019, during the day/night Test match against Bangladesh, Kohli became the fastest captain to score 5,000 runs in Test cricket, doing so in his 86th innings In the same match, he also scored his 70th century in international cricket

India toured to New Zealand from January to March 2020 to play 5-match T20 series along with a 3 and 2-match ODI and test series respectively During the tour, he only managed 218 across formats in 12 innings at an average of 1981 with one half-century during first ODI This was his lowest aggregate of runs in a tour where he played in all formats India managed to win the T20I series 5–0, but during the ODI and Test leg of the tour they lost by 3–0 and 2–0 respectively

International cricket after Covid lockdown

The Indian team travelled to Australia in November 2020, touring until January 2021 During the ODI Series, Kohli managed to score two half-centuries in three innings with an aggregate of 173 runs at an average of 5767 The second match against Australia was Kohli’s 250th ODI match He was the highest run scorer in the series for India, with 134 runs, at an average of 4437 During the first test of the tour played as Day/night match at Adelaide, Kohli scored 74 before being run out, making 4 runs in the next innings After the first Test, Kohli left the tour on paternity leave as he was expecting the birth of his first child

In November 2020, Kohli was nominated for the Sir Garfield Sobers Award for ICC Male Cricketer of the Decade, as well as Test, ODI and T20I player of the decade He won the awards for Male cricketer of the decade and ODI cricketer of the decade

The English cricket team’s tour of India in 2020–2021 began with a long 4-match Test series Kohli made 172 runs across 4 Test matches, at an average of 2866 with 2 half-centuries and 2 ducks During the second test at Chepauk, he scored 62 on a pitch which English batting great Geoffrey Boycott described as a template to bat and score runs on a turning pitch In 2020, Kohli scored a combined (Test, ODI and T20I) total of 842 runs from 24 innings, made a high score of 89 and at an average of 3660

Kohli was dismissed for a duck again in the 1st T20I of a 5-match series However, he found his form in the latter part of the series and ended the series as the highest run-scorer from both sides with 231 runs to his name and 3 half-centuries at an average of 11550 as India clinched the series 3–2 Kohli was adjudged as the Man of the Series for his performances During the second T20I, Kohli became the first ever batsman to complete 3,000 runs in the format

In the 3-match ODI series, Kohli scored 129 runs in 3 innings with 2 half-centuries at a moderate average of 4300 as India won the series 2–1 During the 2nd ODI, Kohli became the second batsman after Ricky Ponting to score 10,000 runs batting at number 3

2021 World Test Championship Final

The 2021 ICC World Test Championship Final was played in June 2021, with India losing to New Zealand This was Kohli’s third defeat as captain in a knockout game of an ICC tournament He scored 44 and 13 in two innings before getting dismissed by Kyle Jamieson on both occasions

Slump in form

The Indian cricket team toured England in 2021 for a 5-match test series In the first innings of the first Test, Kohli was dismissed for a golden duck by James Anderson Kohli managed to score 2 fifties in the next 6 innings he played During the fifth test in 2022, where India was leading the series 2-1, Kohli scored a total of 31 runs and finished the series with 249 runs, a high score of 55 and an average of 2766 England went on to win the match and draw the series 2-2

2021 T20 World Cup and retirement from captaincy

In September 2021, Kohli was named as the captain of India’s squad for the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Kohli also announced that he would step down as T20I captain after T20 World Cup, India could not make it throughs the semi-final, which was the first time in the 9 years

In December 2021, Kohli was replaced by Rohit Sharma as India’s ODI captain BCCI President Sourav Ganguly later explained the decision to drop Kohli as ODI captain by saying that the selectors did not feel right to have two white ball captains Later Ganguly said that BCCI had told Virat to not step down as T20I captain Virat Kohli, during a press conference, contradicted the BCCI President and said that his decision of stepping down as captain was “received well” and termed as “progressive” by the BCCI officials He also claimed that chief selector Chetan Sharma informed him 90-minutes before the announcement of the Test squad for India’s tour of South Africa, about the removal from ODI captaincy More than a week later, during the announcement of squad for ODI series versus South Africa, Chetan Sharma contradicted Kohli by saying that officials had asked Virat to reconsider his decision of stepping down as T20I captain

Later in 2021 and early 2022, the Indian cricket team toured South Africa for a 3-match test series and a 3-match ODI series Kohli managed to score 161 runs in the 4 innings of test series he played, averaging at 4025 On 15 January 2022, Kohli also stepped down as India’s Test captain, following the 2–1 test series defeat against South Africa He could not play 2nd test of the series due to an injury India lost the series by 2–1, despite winning the first test In the ODI series, Kohli scored 116 runs in 3 innings, including two fifties, with an average of 3866 South Africa swept the ODI series against India, winning 3-0

Post captaincy

The West Indian cricket team toured India in February 2022, for a 3-match ODI series and a 3-match T20I series During the ODI series, Kohli scored his 5,000th run in India in ODIs He scored a total of 26 runs from 3 innings, at a poor average of 866 Kohli scored a total of 69 runs in T20I series, at an average of 3450, with the help of a half-century

The Sri Lankan cricket team toured India in February & March 2022, for a 3-match T20I series and 2-match test series Kohli was rested for the T20I series Kohli amassed a total of 81 runs in 3 innings, in the 2-match test series, at an average of 270

Following the fifth test, the Indian cricket team toured England for 3 T20Is and 3 ODIs in 2022 Kohli was not selected to play for the first T20I but was selected to play for the second He finished the series with 12 runs in 2 innings at an average of 6, with a high score of 11 and India won the series 2-1 Kohli was selected to play during the first ODI, but was ruled out due an injury in the groin Kohli failed to impress many, finishing the ODI series with 33 runs from 2 innings, with a high score of 17 and an average of 1650, although India still won the ODI series 2-1

Return to form

Virat Kohli made his return to form in Asia Cup 2022, scoring 276 runs with an average of 92, during which he scored his maiden T20I century, against Afghanistan, scoring 122 off 61 balls He carried his good form into the T20 World Cup 2022 In the first game against Pakistan, Kohli scored 82 and won the match for his team by a close margin He rated this as his best innings in the format due to the magnitude which the game had Kohli ended up as the highest run scorer in the tournament, with 296 runs, including 4 fifties

Indian Premier League

Virat as the captain of RCB at 2015 IPL Opening Ceremony

Virat Kohli’s record in IPL matches
Matches Runs HS 100s 50s Avg
223 6624 113 5 44 3620

Following the Under-19 World Cup, Kohli was bought by the franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore for $30,000 on a youth contract He was the captain of Royal challengers Bangalore for 8 seasons but could not win a trophy

Kohli had a poor 2008 season, with a total of 165 runs in 12 innings at an average of 1500 and a strike rate of 10509 He did slightly better in the second season in which he made a total of 246 runs at 2236, striking at over 112, while his team made it as far as the final In the 2010 season, Kohli was the third highest run-getter for his team with 307 runs, averaging 2790 and improving his strike rate to 14481

Kohli was the second-highest run-getter of the season, only behind teammate Chris Gayle, and his team finished as runners-up Kohli scored total 557 runs at an average of 4641 and at the strike rate of over 121 including four fifties In the 2012 IPL, he averaged 28 and scored 364 runs

During 2013 season, Kohli averaged 4528 and hit a total of 634 runs at a strike rate of over 138 including six fifties and a top-score of 99 and finished as the season’s third-highest run-scorer

In IPL 2014, Kohli scored 359 runs in 14 matches by the batting average of 2761, his strike rate was 12210, He scored two 50 in this season and 73 was his best score

Bangalore finished seventh in the next season in which Kohli made 359 runs at 2761 He found success with the bat in the 2015 IPL in which he led his team to the playoffs He finished fifth on the season’s leading run-getters list with 505 runs at an average of 4590 and a strike rate of more than 130

At the 2016 IPL, the Royal Challengers finished runners-up and Kohli broke the record for most runs in an IPL season (of 733 runs) by scoring 973 runs in 16 matches at an average of 8108, winning the Orange Cap as well as Most-valuable Player Award of Vivo IPL 2016 He scored four centuries in the tournament, having never scored one in the Twenty20 format before the start of the season, and also became the first player to reach the 4000-run milestone in the IPL At the launch event of his biography, Driven: The Virat Kohli Story in New Delhi, in October 2016, Kohli announced that RCB would be the IPL franchise that he would permanently play for

Kohli missed the start of the 2017 season due to a shoulder injury Moreover, RCB finished the tournament at the bottom of the table, with Kohli scoring the most runs for his team, with 308 from 10 matches On the occasion of the 10 year anniversary of IPL, he was also named in the all-time Cricinfo IPL XI

In the 2018 season, Kohli was retained by RCB for a price of 170 million (US$21 million), the highest for any player that year Kohli scored 530 runs in the season and became the first batsman to score more than 500 runs in 5 different seasons Moreover, RCB failed to qualify for Playoffs and finished sixth on the points table

On 28 March 2019, Kohli became the second player to reach 5000 IPL runs after Suresh Raina In the same season, Kohli surpassed Raina to become leading runs scorer in IPL when he scored 84 runs in a match against KKR

In IPL 2020, he scored 466 runs in 15 games by average of 4236, his strike rate in this season was 12135

On 22 April 2021, against Rajasthan Royals, Kohli became the first ever player to reach 6000 IPL Runs On 20 September, Royal Challengers Bangalore announced that Kohli would step down as captain following the 2021 IPL season

In 2022 season, he scored 341 runs in 16 innings with the average of 2131 and strike rate 115 In the match against Punjab Kings at Brabourne Stadium, he scored his 6500th IPL run In the last league match of the tournament against Gujarat Titans, Kohli completed 7000 runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore

Player profile

Playing style

Kohli playing his famous flick shot in CWC 2015

Kohli is considered as a aggressive batsman with strong technical skillsHe usually bats at the no3 position in ODI cricket He bats with a slightly open-chested stance and a strong bottom-hand grip He is not a big hitter and plays more grounded shots He plays wrist shots more He is known for while chasing pace inning and batting under pressure He is strong through the mid-wicket and cover region He has said that the cover drive is his favourite shot, while also saying that the flick shot comes naturally to him He does not play the sweep shot often Kohli is strong on leg stump line bowling If bowled at leg stump he plays flick shot Kohli often struggles on very wide outside the off stump line balling, thus got out on multiple times on 3rd to 7th off stump

He scores more in area between deep square leg to mid-on

According to cricket pundit VVS Laxman, against the fast bowlers for Virat Kohli, balling line outside the off stump is his weakness He was dismissed by an outside off stump line ball, and the opposition team’s bowlers tries to exploit his weakness in Tests, as well as ODIs Out swinging balls his one of the weakness as per Richard Hadlee Cricket pundit and former India Cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar feels the same that offside off stump line is his weakness Kohli is also known to be a “sharp” fielder

Many pundits have suggested that Kohli may be the best limited-overs batsman in the world In ODIs, he averages around 66 in matches batting second as opposed to around 48 batting first 26 of his 43 ODI hundreds have come in run-chases and he holds the record for most hundreds batting second

Test cricket is his favourite format

His teammates have praised his confidence, commitment, focus and work ethics

Aggression

Kohli is noted for his on-field aggression and was described in the media as “brash” and “arrogant” during his early career He has got into confrontations with players and umpires on several occasions While many former cricketers have backed his aggressive attitude, some have criticised it In 2012, Kohli had stated that he tries to limit his aggressive behaviour but “the build-up and the pressure or the special occasions make it tough to control the aggression”

Comparisons to Sachin Tendulkar

Kohli is often compared to Sachin Tendulkar, due to their similar styles of batting, and sometimes referred to as Tendulkar’s “successor” Many former cricketers expect Kohli to break Tendulkar’s batting records He is ranked as one of the world’s most famous athletes by ESPN Kohli has stated that growing up his idol and role model was Tendulkar and that as a kid he “tried to copy the shots played and hit sixes the way he used to hit them” Former West Indies great Vivian Richards, who is regarded as the most destructive batsman in cricket, stated that Kohli reminds him of himself In early 2015, Richards said Kohli was “already legendary” in the ODI format, while former Australian cricketer Dean Jones called Kohli the “new king of world cricket” Aakash Chopra, an Indian commentator, stated that “Sachin had more shots as compared to Virat”

Career summary

Main article: List of international cricket centuries by Virat Kohli

As of September 2022, Kohli has made 71 centuries and 7 double centuries in international cricket—27 centuries, 7 double centuries in Test cricket, 43 centuries in One Day Internationals (ODIs), and 1 century in T20I

Test match performance

An innings-by-innings breakdown of Kohli’s Test batting career, showing runs scored (blue and red (not out) bars) and the black line is his career batting average

ODI match performance

An innings-by-innings breakdown of Kohli’s ODI batting career, showing runs scored (blue and red (not out) bars) and the black line is his career batting average

T20I match performance

An innings-by-innings breakdown of Kohli’s T20I batting career, showing runs scored (blue and red (not out) bars) and the black line is his career batting average

Records

Virat Kohli is the leading run scorer in T20I with the most 50 plus scores He is the only cricketer to have been awarded player of the tournament twice in the T20 World Cup He scored 319 runs with 4 fifties in T20 World Cup 2014 and was the leading run scorer in the tournament

He has 2nd most centuries in ODI (43) and only behind Sachin Tendulkar who has 49 centuries He has 2nd most centuries(71) in international cricket and only behind Sachin Tendulkar(100) and tied with Ricky Ponting(71) He is the fastest player to score 10,000 runs in ODI in terms of innings and took 54 less innings than previous record of 259 innings In 2018, he scored 1000 ODI runs in 11 innings which is the least number of innings taken to score 1000 runs in a calendar year In 2022, he completed 1000 runs in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and became just the second player to achieve this milestone after Mahela Jayawardene He took 22 innings to accomplish this landmark

Honours

See also: Player of the Match awards (cricket)

Kohli receiving the Padma Shri award from President Pranab Mukherjee in March 2017

Kohli meeting Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in New Delhi in 2017

National honours

  • 2013 – Arjuna Award
  • 2017 – Padma Shri , India’s fourth highest civilian award
  • 2018 – Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India’s highest sporting honour

Sporting honours

  • Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Decade): 2011–2020
  • Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year): 2017, 2018
  • ICC ODI Player of the Year: 2012, 2017, 2018
  • ICC Test Player of the Year: 2018
  • ICC ODI Team of the Year: 2012, 2014, 2016 (captain), 2017 (captain), 2018 (captain), 2019 (captain)
  • ICC Test Team of the Year: 2017 (captain), 2018 (captain), 2019 (captain)
  • ICC Spirit of Cricket: 2019
  • ICC Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Decade: 2011–2020
  • ICC Men’s Test Team of the Decade: 2011–2020 (captain)
  • ICC Men’s ODI Team of the Decade: 2011–2020
  • ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Decade: 2011–2020
  • Polly Umrigar Award for International Cricketer of the Year: 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
  • Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World: 2016, 2017, 2018
  • ICC Men’s Player of the Month: October 2022
  • CEAT International Cricketer of the Year: 2011–12, 2013–14, 2018–19
  • Barmy Army – International Player of Year: 2017, 2018

Other honours and awards

  • People’s Choice Awards India For Favourite Sportsperson: 2012
  • CNN-News18 Indian of the Year: 2017
  • Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) renamed a stand after Kohli at Arun Jaitley stadium, Delhi

Outside cricket

Personal life

Kohli with wife Anushka Sharma in their Mumbai reception

Kohli started dating Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in 2013; the couple soon earned the portmanteau “Virushka” Their relationship attracted substantial media attention, with persistent rumours and speculations in the media, as neither of the two publicly talked about it The couple married on 11 December 2017 in a private ceremony in Florence, Italy On 11 January 2021, their first child, a girl, was born

In 2018, Kohli revealed that he completely stopped consuming meat to cut down his uric acid levels which caused him a cervical spine issue and started affecting his finger and, in turn, his batting In 2021, he clarified that he is a vegetarian and not a vegan

Kohli has admitted that he is superstitious He used to wear black wristbands as a cricket superstition; earlier, he used to wear the same pair of gloves with which he had “been scoring” Apart from a religious black thread, he has also been wearing a kara on his right arm since 2012

Kohli has a lot of tattoos on his body, he has tattoos of God Shiva in dhyan mudra on Kailash parvat because he worships Lord Shiva, Om, his parents names (Prem and Saroj), an Aadivasi sign, a monastery, Samurai warrior, the word ‘Scorpion’, and his ODI and Test cap numbers on his body

Commercial investments

Virat Kohli with AudiQ7

In 2014 Kohli became a co-owner of the Indian Super League club FC Goa He stated that he invested in the club because he “wanted football to grow in India” He added, “It’s a business venture for me for the future Cricket’s not going to last forever and I’m keeping all my options open after retirement”

In September 2015, Kohli became a co-owner of the International Premier Tennis League franchise UAE Royals, and, in December that year, became a co-owner of the JSW-owned Bengaluru Yodhas franchise in Pro Wrestling League

In November 2014, Kohli and Anjana Reddy’s Universal Sportsbiz (USPL) launched a youth fashion brand WROGN The brand started to produce men’s casual wear clothing in 2015 and has tied up with Myntra and Shopper’s Stop In late 2014, Kohli was announced as a shareholder and brand ambassador of the social networking venture ‘Sport Convo’ based in London

In 2015, Kohli invested

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