Virat Kohli is the captain of the Indian cricket team who is identified as the Run Machine and King Kohli in international cricket. He is a classic batsman who normally bats on first down in the Indian cricket team. He is renowned for breaking several records in international cricket. He is at no. 5 in the list of most hundreds by a batsman in the international cricket. Considered to be among the best batsmen in the present time, he also doubles up as an occasional right-arm medium speed bowler. He is known for his steady and powerful batting style and has single-handedly won several matches for India. Virat became engaged with cricket quite early on in his life and took to the bat when he was just three. His parents realized his potential and had him joined at the West Delhi Cricket Academy when he was nine years old.
He advanced into a very talented player over the ensuing years and served his city Delhi at various age-group levels and domestic cricket. His first major accomplishment came in 2008 when he captained India Under-19s to winning at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup. Soon he was selected to play for the Indian team and established himself as a valuable middle-order player. After having achieved a reputation as an “ODI specialist”, he has established his strength in test cricket as well. Currently, he is the captain of the Indian team in Test cricket and limited-overs formats. Virat Kohli is married to famous Indian actress Anushka Sharma.
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Virat Kohli was born on 5 November 1988, in Delhi, India, to Prem Kohli and Saroj Kohli. His father was a criminal lawyer while his mother is a housewife. He has two siblings: an elder brother, Vikash, and an elder sister, Bhavna. He became interested in cricket when he was a little boy. Cricket was something that fascinated him in his childhood, and he adopted cricket as his passion.
Aged just three, he would pick up a cricket bat and ask his father to bowl to him. He completed his higher studies from Vishal Bharti Public School, Delhi’ and secondary schooling from ‘Saviour Convent Senior Secondary School, Paschim Vihar, Delhi: He does not have any graduation degree; as he started concentrating on his game after completion of his schooling.
His interest in cricket continued to grow and his father had him enrolled at the West Delhi Cricket Academy when Virat was nine. He trained at the academy under Rajkumar Sharma and also played matches at the Sumit Dogra Academy.
Virat Kohli Net Worth And Salary
Virat Kohli had a net worth of about $122 million (Rs 1004 crore) in an year which led him to rank 100 in the world’s highest-paid athlete list.[table id=1627 /]
Earning of $21 million (Rs 146 crore) from endorsements and $4 million (Rs 27 crore) from salary together comprises Virat Kohli’s net worth of $25 million. The captain of the Indian cricket team earns huge.
Being a skipper of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli is currently under BCCI top A+ contract which includes only three players (Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah). This contract ensures him the salary of Rs seven crore per annum making him the top earner. Along with it, he is the highest-paid cricketer in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the team Royal Challengers Bangalore with an annual contract which pays him Rs 17 crore.
Being the spokesperson for Audi obviously has its perquisites – like a free set of cool wheels from time to time. Apart from Audi R8, Kohli is a proud owner of, BMW X6, Range Rover, and Lamborghini among others.
After Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma tied the knot in Tuscany, the duo moved to a sea-facing apartment in Worli, Mumbai. This property costs Rs nine crore. Delhi ka Ladka is known to reside in an elegant bungalow that has been purchased in the capital of the country and in his hometown which costs nearly Rs 80 crore.
Business Ventures & Investments
- Football is said to be Virat’s second favorite sport. In 2014, he bought the FC Goa franchise of the Indian Super League (ISL) stating that as a football lover he wanted to see the sport grow in India. He also stated that it was a future investment for him.
- In 2014, Kohli became the brand ambassador and a stakeholder in the London-based social networking venture ‘Sport Convo’.
- In November 2014, Kohli in association with Anjana Reddy’s Universal Sportsbiz (USPL) launched a fashion label WROGN. The brand sells men’s casual wear, and it has tied up with online major Myntra.com and Shopper’s Stop.
- In September 2015, Virat Kohli became the co-owner of the UAE Royals franchise of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL). The IPTL is an annual team tennis event that is played across various cities in Asia.
- In 2015, he invested a total of INR 90 crore (around US$14 million) in a chain of gyms and fitness centers – Chisel. Kohli co-owns the fitness chain jointly with Chisel India and CSE (Cornerstone Sport and Entertainment).
- In December 2015, he became a co-owner of the Bengaluru Yodhas franchise of the Indian Pro Wrestling League. The other co-owner of the franchise is the JSW group.
- In 2016, in association with the Stepathlon Lifestyle, Virat launched Stepathlon Kids, which is a fitness venture for children.
Virat Kohli Career And Records
- In 2002, he played for the Delhi Under-15 team and became the leading run-getter in the 2002–03 Polly Umrigar Trophy tournament. He was made the captain of the team for the 2003–04 Polly Umrigar Trophy.
- He was elected in the Delhi Under-17 team for the 2003–04 Vijay Merchant Trophy. He scored 470 runs in four matches at an average of 117.50 with two hundred. He repeated his fabulous performance the next season too and helped Delhi lift the 2004–05 Vijay Merchant Trophy.
- His consistent appearances gained him a place in the India Under-19 squad on its tour of England in 2006.
- He averaged 105 in the three-match ODI series which the India Under-19 squad won. He also played notably against Pakistan’s U-19 cricket team later that year.
- His father died in 2006 when Kohli was just 18. His father had been his biggest support and his premature death plunged the family into a financial crisis. With more responsibilities on his young shoulders now, Kohli began taking the game even more seriously.
- In 2008, he led the Indian team to victory at the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup held in Malaysia. Following this, he was acquired by the Indian Premier League franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore, for $30,000 on a youth contract.
- He was chosen for the Indian ODI squad for the tour of Sri Lanka in 2008. During the tour, he batted as a makeshift opener throughout the series as both the regular openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were injured. India finally won the series 3–2 which was India’s first ODI series win against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.
- He continued playing consistently throughout 2009. He received his first man of the match award after scoring an unbeaten 79 against the West Indies in a group match during the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy.
- Later the same year he played in the home ODI series against Sri Lanka, scoring his first ODI century—107 off 111 balls—in the fourth match of the series.
- He continued with his good form which earned him a place in the 2011 World Cup squad. Kohli performed in every match in the tournament and scored a victorious 100 in the first match against Bangladesh, becoming the first Indian batsman to score a century on World Cup debut. India entered the finals, and Kohli scored important 35 runs in the finals versus Sri Lanka. India went on to win the match by six wickets and lift the World Cup for the first time since 1983.
- During the India tour of West Indies in June–July 2011, India sent a largely young squad and Kohli was one of three uncapped players in the Test squad. He made his Test introduction at Kingston in the first match of the Test series. India won the Test series 1–0 but Kohli was found wanting against the fast bowling. He scored just 76 runs from five innings in the series and was consequently dropped from the Test squad.
- He was reassembled to Test squad India’s four-match series in England in July and August 2011, as a replacement for the injured Yuvraj Singh. He did not play in any Test match in the series and was pretty successful in the ODI series.
- He made his label in the Test cricket during India’s tour of Australia in December 2011. India lost the Test series 4–0 but Virat Kohli was India’s top run-scorer in the series. He obtained his maiden Test century in the first innings of the fourth and final match at Adelaide; he scored 116 runs in the innings.
- Kohli was selected the vice-captain for the 2012 Asia Cup in Bangladesh. In the final group stage match against Pakistan, he scored 183 whilst chasing—the highest unique score against Pakistan in ODIs—and broke West Indies’ Brian Lara’s long-standing record of 156. Despite his great performances, India could not progress to the final of the tournament.
- His string of successful stints proceeded throughout 2013. He played well in the seven-match ODI series against Australia, striking the fastest century by an Indian in ODIs in the second match at Jaipur by blasting a 100 off just 52 balls. His innings of 100 not out helped India chase down the target of 360.
- Even though better known for his blazing performances in ODIs, Kohli is also a skilled test player. In 2014, he was named the captain of the Indian test squad. In the Australian tour the same year, he amassed a total of 692 runs in four Tests—the most by any Indian batsman in a Test series in Australia.
- His career saw a temporary slump in 2015 when he was unable to make any big scores. However, he soon regained his form and became the fastest batsman in the world to make 1,000 runs in T20I cricket during South Africa’s tour of India later the same year.
- Kohli was in terrific form in 2016. His superlative batting appearances helped India reach the semifinals of the 2016 T20 World Cup, held in India.
- Does Virat Kohli smoke?: Not Known
- Does Virat Kohli drink alcohol?: Yes
- Since the age of 3, Virat was influenced by cricket.
- When he was 9½ years old, his father brought him to Raj Kumar Sharma’s West Delhi Cricket Academy.
- In 2003, his coach Raj Kumar Sharma had welcomed Ashish Nehra to his academy, where he bestowed young Kohli as he was the highest run-scorer for Delhi in the 2002-2003 Polly Umrigar Trophy, with 172 runs at an average of 34.40.
- His nickname ‘Chikoo’ was given by his Delhi State coach Ajit Chaudhary in his boyhood days.
- In 2006, his father expired of a brain stroke, but the very next day after his father’s death, he performed a match-saving knock for Delhi against Karnataka, where he scored 90 runs.
- He never had any backup plan for his tomorrow as he always needed to be a cricketer.
- He has a number of superstitions. He wears black wristbands, and never forgets to wear his ‘Kada’ before his matches.
- He is afraid of heights.
- He doesn’t like to have long talks on the mobile phone.
- He always wears black wristbands for unproven reasons.
- He is very energetic as well as an emotional person, he cries when he gets upset. He was seen crying on the field when India did not pass for the semi-finals in 2012’s T20 World cup.
- He gained the ICC ODI Player of the Year Award in 2012.
- In 2012, he was selected as one of the 10 best dressed international men.
- He was given the Arjuna Award (2013) and Padma Shri Award (2017) by the Government of India.
- The same year, he was selected as the first brand ambassador of Border Security Force (BSF).
- He is an enormous fan of Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer. He is also the co-owner of the ‘UAE Royals’ International Premier Tennis League team.
- He loves tattoos and his count of tattoos keeps on increasing. The first on his left shoulder is ‘God’s eye’ which is a symbol of the power of seeing and knowing that which is unknown and unknowable. Second on his left shoulder is ‘Japanese Samurai warrior’ which is a figure of living the life based on loyalty to one’s master, self-discipline, and respectful, moral behavior. Third, on his left arm is a ‘Monastery’ which is a symbol of a place of peace and power. Fourth on his left arm is ‘Lord Shiva in meditation with Mount Kailash and Mansarovar lake.’ Fifth on his right bicep is a ‘Scorpion’ which is his Zodiac sign.
- He has a restaurant in Delhi named ‘ Nueva.’
- He is a decent singer, and in 2016, a video of him singing “Jo Wada Kiya Hai Nibhana Padhega” had gone viral.
- He is a really determined sportsperson, who is not only focused on his cricketing skills but also towards fitness, for which he is admired by many.
- On 25 September 2018, the Government of India awarded Virat Kohli with the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
- In October 2019, he announced that he had become vegetarian and stated that after turning vegetarian, he was feeling better and proud.
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The Master Blaster Slammed 49 And 51 Centuries In Odis And Tests Respectively. But Kohli Is Still Far From Improving Sachin’s Overall Record Of Hundred Centuries. Irfan Feels Kohli Can Only Score 100 Hundred In International Cricket If He Manages To Stay On Top Of His Fitness For Long.
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