Virat Kohli is one of the most successful cricketers of this generation. He is easily the most recognizable face in our country. Virat Kohli has inspired many through his story. Becoming the captain of the under-19 team and the captain of Indian National Men's Cricket team at such a tender age, his hard work and dedication are celebrated in the entire cricketing fraternity. His accomplishments not only inspires me, but it also makes me curious about his life story.
From a young boy playing local street cricket to becoming the captain, Virat Kohli has shown incredible dedication and affinity for the game. He had a keen interest in the game from a very young age and took up the bat at the age of 3 years old. He talent and skill has now named him as on the best batsman in the world. His life hasn't been a smooth sail but was a roller coaster with many ups and downs.
Born in Delhi on 5th November 1988, to a middle-class family his life had a fair share of hardships. His dad was a criminal lawyer while his mom was a housewife. He was encouraged by his family to take up cricket and started so when he was in school. He studied at the Vishal Bharati Public School in Delhi.
At the age of 9, he joined the West Delhi Cricket Academy after his father recognized his potential. He was trained under the guidance of Rajkumar Sharma. In order to further pursue his career, he shifted to Savier Convent in Paschim Vihar.
In 2006, Virat Kohli lost his father due to brain stroke. His family faced a hard time as the only earning member in the family passed away. They had to make adjustments and had to live in a rented house.
He started his cricket career in the under 15 team, where he secured the highest runs of that year. His talent allowed him to play in the under 19 team as well. He was named the captain of the team in the year 2008. His first match for the Indian National Cricket Team was against Sri Lanka. He was called as a substitute when both Virendra Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar were injured. His continued success eventually made him a permanent player and then the captain of the team
In his tenure playing for the Indian National Cricket Team, he has broken many records. Such as:-
#1 Kohli is the fastest batsman to reach 10000 ODI runs. He took just 205 innings to the reach the milestone, breaking the record held by Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who did it in 259 innings.
#2 He took only 10 years and 68 days to achieve 10000 ODI runs. This is the fastest by any batsman to reach 10000 ODI runs. The previous record was held by Rahul Dravid, who had completed the feat in 10 years and 317 days.
#3 The 30-year-old is the first batsman to hit three consecutive hundreds against two separate opponents. He achieved this feat against Sri Lanka and the West Indies.
#4 The Indian skipper is the fastest person to score 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year (11 innings). The previous record was held by Hashim Amla who had achieved the feat in just 15 innings.
#5 He is the fastest batsman to reach 4,000 runs as captain in Tests. He reached the landmark in just 65 innings. The previous record was held by Brian Lara, who had scaled the height in 71 innings.
#6 Kohli is the fastest to score 9000 ODI runs, reaching the milestone midway through his 194th innings. He broke the record held by AB de Villiers, who had achieved it in 205 innings.
#7 The right-hander is the first batsman to hit four double-centuries in as many Test series.
#8 He has the most number of centuries (23) while batting in the second innings of an ODI.
#9 Kohli is the first captain to hit six ODI hundreds in a calendar year.
His accomplishments inspire not only the young aspiring cricketers but also people all around the world. His commitment and dedication is commendable and inspires people all over the world for his work ethics.
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