Virat Kohli has many cricket records for IndiaThe year was 2008 and India had just won the Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia, that’s probably when the Indians first heard of a player by the name Virat Kohli. Kohli was not only the captain of this victorious team but was also the highest run scorer for India in the tournament.Seven years hence, the man is leading the Indian cricket test team which many say is the second most scrutinized job in the country after that of the Prime Minister.
1 Karishma ka Karishma
Well today, Virat Kohli may be seen around with Bollywood diva Anushka Sharma.
But Kohli once revealed that his first crush was none other than actress Karishma Kapoor. So, it looks like he has had a liking for Bollywood actresses since a long time.
2 amed as the sixth most marketable athlete by British magazine Sports Pro in 2015
This may not come as a surprise given Kohli’s fan following and the number of endorsements he has. Virat Kohli was named as the sixth most marketable athlete by the British Magazine “Sports Pro” in 2015.
This list was topped by Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard who reached the semi-finals at the Australian and French Opens and the Wimbledon final last year.
3 Was included in the list of top 10 well dressed international men in 2012
It is not always necessary that style comes with money. We have seen a lot of famous personalities who do not have a great dressing sense. But when it comes to Virat Kohli, it looks like that he has taken his dressing as seriously as his batting.
In fact, in 2012 he was included in the list of top 10 well dressed international men. A list which also included the US President Barack Obama.
4 From Cheeku to Skipper Kohli
Today he is one of the most sought after cricketers in the world, but not so long ago he was just a “Cheeku” in Delhi cricket circles. Yes, that’s the nickname his state coach Ajit Choudhary had given to him.
This name was given to Kohli when he had come a with a new hair style to show to his coach. Amused at his look Choudhary responded by telling that he was looking like “Cheeku” from the comic series Champak. And the name has stuck since then.
5 Continued to play Ranji match despite the death of his father on the same day
The nation was in tears when Sachin Tendulkar returned to play for India in the 1999 world cup despite the death of his father and it indeed was a selfless act by the master batsman. But not many people know that Kohli was faced with a similar dilemma pretty early in his career.
In his debut Ranji season in 2006, Kohli lost his father during a match against Karnataka. In spite of this personal loss, Kohli continued to play the match on the same day on which his father expired and scored 90 runs for his team.
6 Viv Richards once said Kohli reminds him of himself
Now, move over the comparison between Sir Don & Tendulkar, the West Indian great Sir Vivian Richards regarded as the most destructive batsman in the history of the game once said, “Kohli reminds me of myself”.
This coming from Viv is indeed a big compliment for Kohli and just highlights the manner in which Kohli goes about in his batting. His fearless and aggressive approach has given him a strike rate of close to 90 in ODIs. In tests, he can provide stability to the innings and can also accelerate when required.
7 Only Indian to score a century on World Cup debut (100* against Bangladesh in 2011 World Cup)
One stage every cricketer dreams of performing on is the ODI World Cup and sometimes the enormity of the platform gets the better of the player. But this is not the case with Kohli, he seems to relish these big stages.
He became the first Indian (and till date the only Indian) to score a century in his World Cup debut match. Kohli scored an unbeaten century against Bangladesh in the 2011 World Cup. His century in the match was overshadowed by Virender Sehwag’s 175.
To give a perspective of this record, there are only 14 players in the history of the World Cup to have scored a century in their World Cup debut match.