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Virat Kohli Biography: The Rise Of The King | Early Life | Cricket | Lifestyle

Virat Kohli is hands down the best batsman in the world today, and his records speak for himself

But still, if you ask the greats of the game they might say its Rohit Sharma who stands out for them

Yes, Virat is primarily a bottom-hand player with a very unorthodox technique

On the other hand, with Rohit, you get flamboyance, elegance and a natural stroke maker

Then what makes Virat stand out from others? Let us find out

Virat Kohli: Early Life

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Virat Kohli was only three years old when he started taking an interest in the game of cricket

His father Prem Kohli was a lawyer, and he was the one who made the initiative for him to join a cricket academy

Rajkumar Sharma (his coach) says even at the age of his attitude was something that impressed him the most

Attitude and self-belief are something we will associate with Virat many a time and for good reasons

The approach was well evident when he decided not to miss his Ranji match on the day right after his father’s death

He went on to score 90 in that match and went directly to the funeral right after he got out

On his father’s funeral, he made a promise to himself that he would fulfill his father’s dream and play for India

Virat lead the Indian team at the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup where India came victorious

Virat Kohli: Early Days in the ‘Indian Team’

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His impressive performance earned him an opportunity in the Indian ODI squad for the tour of Sri-Lanka

In his early days, he was getting a good start but was not being able to convert it into a big score

The turning point in his career came when he scored his first century (107) against Sri Lanka in Eden Gardens

In that match, India was in trouble with quick wickets from the top while chasing a big total of 316

But, his partnership with Gautam Gambhir secured India a seven-wicket victory over the Lankans

His second ODI century came in the Tri-nation tournament held in Bangladesh

India lost the Final against Sri-Lanka, but he became the leading run-scorer with 275 runs from that tournament

These performances permanently cemented his place in the Indian eleven

Virat Kohli: A legend in the making

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In January 2011, Virat broke into ICC Top Ten Batsmen list due to his impressive performance in Proteas soil

Virat Kohli was a vital member of the victorious Indian squad in 2011 Cricket World Cup

In the final against Sri Lanka at Mumbai, chasing 275, India had lost both their openers early on in the matchBig Rock Hosting

Though he didn’t score much, his 83 partnership with Gambhir turned the tides in favor of India

Post World Cup, he had a good run in ODIs, but the real turning point in his career was still due coming

That moment came in Commonwealth Bank series when India needed a bonus point to qualify for the Finals

Virat went on to score a career-defining 133 runs off 86 balls as India chased a total of 321 runs within 40 overs

That day, we all heard the footsteps of the next-gen superstar of Indian Cricket, and Yes he was Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli: Introduction to Test Cricket

Virat Kohli got his maiden century against Australia in Adelaide Test in 2012

Virat Kohli got his maiden century against Australia in Adelaide Test in 2012

In the meantime, Virat got included in the Indian Test team, but it was not easy for him especially in the start

Yes, he scored his maiden test century, a wonderful 116 runs in Adelaide but got involved in many controversies

Media bashed him for his behavior, and if we exclude that century his batting was pretty mediocre

On the other hand, his limited-overs game was running smoothly, and his fame was reaching new heights every day

He had an incredible batting form as he dominated the entire year 2012 in the limited-overs format

An average of 56.80 in the home series against Australia also cemented his place in the Test team

In June 2013, Kohli was an integral part of the Indian Team that won ICC Champions Trophy in England

His 43 runs (off 34 balls) knock was instrumental in securing India’s victory in the Final

Post Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement, he was all set to occupy the No.4 position for the Indian Test team

Impressive performances in South Africa and New Zealand and he made number four position his own.

Virat Kohli: Time for a reality check

Kohli was the highest run-getter the 2014 ICC Twenty20 World Cup where India finished as runners-up

Kohli made 319 runs in the tournament at an average of 106.33 and received the ‘The Man of the Tournament’ award

All these successes and amazing run-scoring form and we believed that this form would just go on and on

In an interview with Nasser Hussain, Virat describes unnecessary pressure was the main reason for his failure

He told that he opened his stance for in-swingers and that’s what made him vulnerable against outgoing deliveries

He had an unimpressive England Tour where he averaged only 13.40 in 10 innings with a top score of 39

Not only India lost the series 3-1, but all cricket analysts questioned his technique against the swinging ball

Though India managed to win the ODI series comfortably, Virat only averaged 18 in that series

This was unfamiliar territory for Virat as he saw his career going in a downward spiral

But, as we know, greats may fall hard, but, they always fight odds and get back on track

Virat Kohli: Getting back on track

A long and not so successful overseas tour and the Indian team was much relieved to be back in the home

It allowed all the players to regroup once again and reclaim the lost momentum

Virat Kohli, going through a rough phase, fully utilized this opportunity and scored a heap of runs

He registered his 20th ODI hundred against West Indies in Dharmasala in a match where India lost early wickets

MS Dhoni took a break from cricket while Virat got selected to captain India in the home series versus Sri Lanka

In this series, Virat became the fastest batsmen to cross 6000 runs in ODIs

Virat Kohli: New Indian Test Captain

Virat Kohli scored 692 runs in four Tests, most by any Indian batsman in a Test series in Australia

Virat lead India for the first time, in the first test of the Australian tour as captain MS Dhoni was out injured

He scored a century in both the innings (115 and 169) as India lost the match by just 49 runs

The next two test matches were led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni where India didn’t do that very well

Surprisingly, Dhoni announced his retirement from test cricket after the third test ended in a draw

As a result, the management appointed Virat as the full-time Test captain

In the fourth Test, he scored another century as India registered another draw against the mighty Australians

Kohli’s scored 692 runs in four Tests, the most by any Indian batsman in a Test series in Australia

Greats like Sunil Gavaskar praised him for his superb performances in that series for India

Virat Kohli: A tough 2015 Cricket World Cup

Mitchell Johnson celebrates as Virat Kohli fails to score big in 2015 ICC World Cup semi-finals

His amazing test form and we thought everything was back on track for Virat Kohli

But, the tri-nation ODI series and the ICC Cricket World Cup tournament proved otherwise

India was not able to win a single match in the Tri-nation ODI series against Australia and England

Though India made it to the semi-finals of the World Cup, Virat didn’t have much success in that tour

Yes, he scored a century against arch-rival Pakistan, but more or less, the tournament was quite mediocre going with Virat’s standards

India toured Bangladesh after World Cup and was humiliated by a strong Bangladesh side as the hosts won 2-1 in ODIs

Virat got starts, but he was not able to make them convert into big scores be it ODIs or the Test matches

The revival happened with him scoring his 11th Test Hundred in the first test match while touring Sri Lanka

Virat Kohli: Captain of the No.1 Test Team

India had a successful home series against a strong South African side where they won 3-0

When they traveled the West Indies in 2016, India registered a comprehensive 2-0 series win against the Windies

He scored his first double century over there as India topped the ICC Test rankings

In the ICC World Cup T20 2016, he became the ‘Man of the Tournament’ award winner for the second time

He scored his second double century (211) at Indore against New Zealand and whitewashed them 3-0 in that home series

He scored back to back double centuries in the home series against England and Bangladesh

Thus, he broke Don Bradman’s record by becoming the 1st batsmen to score double centuries in 4 consecutive series

Virat Kohli and his captaincy: India’s rise

It was Virat Kohli’s decision to play both the legspinners

India had a fairly successful 2017 ICC Champions Trophy (in England) where they ended as the runners-up

Yes, it was disheartening for him to see his team lose against the arch-rival Pakistan

But, anyways he had a wonderful tournament as he became the fastest batsmen to reach 8000 runs in ODIs

Post that ICC tournament he took a hard decision to play two legspinners Kuldeep and Chahal instead of Ashwin

This was a tough decision as Ashwin was one of his best bowlers and keeping him out was a big call at that time

But, this strategy paid off well, as both of the legspinners performed very well even in overseas conditions

Before their inclusion, none of his spinners was getting wickets in the middle overs

But, Kuldeep and Chahal were both getting wickets without going for too many runs

Virat Kohli in 2018: Time for Redemption

Kohli scored 593 runs in test series held in England, third-highest runs by an Indian batsman in a losing test series

India was also doing very well in the longer format of the game with winning test series even in the overseas.

Yes, they lost the series in South Africa, but they registered a memorable win against the Proteas in Johannesburg.

Virat was focusing on the upcoming test series against England in the English soil

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He knew this is the only nation where his record doesn’t justify his actual class of batsmanship

India in a hard-fought Test series (results don’t always tell the real story) as they lost 3-1 against the home side

But, Kohli was a class apart from the rest scoring 593 runs with an average of 60

In the Border-Gavaskar Trophy (January 2019), Virat became the first Asian captain to win a test series against Australia

Virat Kohli: 2019 Cricket World Cup – Present

Virat Kohli scored his seventh test double hundred against South Africa in his 50th test as captain

2019 Cricket World Cup was moderately successful for the Virat Kohli led Indian team as they reach the Semi-Finals

Against West Indies, Kohli became the fastest cricketer to score 20,000 runs in international cricket (417 innings)

India was playing a ruthless brand of cricket in the World Cup, but on Semis they got beaten by a better Kiwi side

His success with the team in the longer format of the game continued securing a comprehensive win over West Indies

In October 2019, in the second test against Proteas, Kohli led India for the 50th time in test

He went on to score 254* in the 1st innings and became the first Indian to register seven double centuries in Test cricket

In November 2019, he became the first Indian batsman to register a century in Day-night test

Virat Kohli: IPL Performance

Virat Kohli plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bought Virat Kohli in the opening season of IPL (2008) under a youth contract

In 2013, in the first stint as RCB captain, he hit a total of 634 runs and finished as the third-highest run-scorer

But, the real success for Virat came in 2016 as his team finished as the runners-up under his leadership

He scored 973 runs from 16 matches in that season as he ended up as the Orange Cap winner

In 2019, he became only the second batsman after Raina to score 5000 IPL runs

Virat Kohli: Personal Life

Virat met his wife Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma while shooting a commercial ad in 2013

From the early days of their relationship, this celebrity couple got a lot of media attention both in and outside India

There were many talks about their spending time with one another while India was on foreign tours

Virat has publicly spoken about them being the perfect match for each as her presence has calmed him a lot

This celeb couple got married in Florence, Italy on 11th December 2017

On 11 January 2021, Virat and Anushka became parents to a baby girl, Vamika

Virat Kohli Lifestyle: The mindset

Virat believes in giving his 120 percent every day

Virat has always said that he always wanted to be amongst the top cricketers of the world

He said that he tries to give his 120 percent every day and if he does that he is answerable to nobody

Kohli explains that he had bad habits which let him not being able to follow good practices for a longer period

But hopefully, he got introduced to new fitness methods like speed strength, power endurance training

In Virat’s words, it did wonders for him as he felt more energetic than before and also it sharpened his reflexes

According to him, everything is destined to happen, but when you correct yourself you give yourself the best chance

Virat Kohli loves traveling and prefers to go for places where he could enjoy without getting recognized

He enjoys eating Japanese food, and he is still that ‘Delhi Boy’ who just love eating spicy foods

Conclusion

In the end, I wish to say that his life, his struggle, can be a lesson for any person who wants to achieve success

It tells us that it’s the hard work, determination, and drive that will get you success

If you want something, be prepared not to find shortcuts and always try to walk the steep path

Yes, I am no Virat Kohli, but one thing I can do is with me doing what I do best

No matter what someone tells me to do I will continue having faith in myself and in my abilities

So, these are the things I believe in having learned from him, and I would hope you to do the same as well

Please don’t forget to leave your valuable feedback in the comment box as I will be eagerly waiting for it

Virat Kohli: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why do Virat Kohli’s teammates call him cheeku?

We know that Virat Kohli’s teammates, especially MS Dhoni, call him by his nickname ‘Cheeku.’

Actually, in his Under-17 days, he had a haircut for which his ears looked big, just like the famous rabbit ‘cheeku’ in an Indian novel

From that day onwards, this nickname became permanent for Virat

But, in his early days with Indian cricket, it was MS Dhoni who first started calling Virat as ‘cheeku’

Why did Virat Kohli become vegetarian?

Virat was a pure non-veg in 2016 as his explosive power-hitting was well-supported by his red-meat consumption

But, after the 2016 T20 World Cup India was mainly playing test matches at home

So it was vital for him to stop playing those expensive shots and that motivated him to switch to a complete vegan diet

Virat himself explains, and it calmed him in life and helped him make better decisions both on and off the field

Why Virat Kohli is called King Kohli?

Virat Kohli has consistently maintained an average of above 50 in all three cricket formats.

Apart from that, Kohli has proven to people for time and time again that he is the number one in modern-day cricket, and hence he is called ‘King Kohli‘

What is the net worth of Virat Kohli?

Virat is one of the richest cricketers globally and was ranked 66th in the Forbes list of highest-paid athletes.

Kohli has a net worth of USD 125 Million and has endorsed international brands like Puma, Audi, MRF, Tissot, and many more.
He owns fashion brands Wrogn and One8 and is also the co-owner of ISL team FC Goa

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