Virat Kohli is the king of modern day cricket. He is a perfect combination of Sachin’s boldness, Dhoni’s brains and Dravid’s stability. Virat is one of those cricketers who are never seen out of form. From starting as just a cricketer, he has become an inspirational sportsman. On turning 28, he is receiving wishes from people all around the world as a result of his brilliance in field and off the field. And we also take privilege to wish him ‘A very Happy Birthday’, ‘A lot of more centuries’ and ‘A more enthusiastic cricket like always’.
Apart from seeing him on field, there are many things we have to recall about him.
- Fastest Indian cricketer to reach 1k, 3k, 4k, 5k, 6k runs, most runs hit in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. He is the ICC cricketer of the year 2012, his massive 362 runs against the aussies and many many more.. He is the record holder of so many achievements.
- Cricket is his passion. There are millions of people who say the same but he did not just say, he kept proving it each time. 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. “The way I approached the game changed that day. I just had one thing in my mind – that I have to play for my country and live that dream for my dad.”, he said on his innings against Karnataka..
- Virat is named as the “6th most marketable athelete” by British Magazine ‘Sports Pro’ in 2015.
- He was included in the top 10 Well Dressed International Men in 2012
- “Cheeku” was his nickname given to him by his Delhi Coach, Ajit Choudary. This name was given because of a new hairstyle kohli had come with in front of coach and the coach thought that kohli looked similar to Cheeku from the Champak series.
- Many people think it is wiser to take cricketing advices from Sachin but Kohli thought is was more necessary to understand the Mental stability and emotional withholding from Sachin and is known to take these advices from him.
- He is the ‘Emperor of T20’. What many batsman struggled to achieve in T20 matches, he has repeatedly done which proves his mettle.
- In March 2013, Kohli started a charity foundation called Virat Kohli Foundation (VKF). The organisation aims at helping underprivileged kids and conducts events to raise funds for the charity.
- He is an epitome of aggressive sportsmanship and did not just make it to be the Captain for Indian Test team but is also called the Run Machine of the country’s cricket team.
- In February – March of 2008, he was made the Captain of the India Under 19 Cricket Team for the U-19 World Cup in Malaysia. He returned home victorious and with many achievements under his belt.
- He has scored 3 centuries in his first 3 innings as Captain.