Virat Kohli Biography, Career info, Family, Indian Cricketer

About Virat Kohli

India has seen many stars in its time, but none have captured the world’s attention quite like the light that shines from International Cricket star Virat Kohli, the current captain of the Indian National Cricket Team.

This young star, with extraordinary skills and passion for the sport, is vastly considered to best batsman in cricket, and one of the best sportsmen in the world. Keep scrolling to get all the detailed Virat Kohli information.

Name Virat Kohli
Full Name Virat Prem Kohli
Father's Name Prem Kohli
Mother's Name Saroj Kohli
Date of Birth November 5,1988
Birth Place Delhi
Nationality Indian
Wife Name Anushka Sharma
Siblings Bhavna Kohli, Vikas Kohli

Early Life and Family Background of Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli was born on November 5th, 1988, in the city of Delhi, India. His promise showed even as early as three years old; the Kohli family proudly recounts how the baby Virat gave them a peek into his natural affinity for the sport as he liked to pick up cricket bats and swing them around. As a child, he was encouraged by his family to play cricket, with his father often bowling at him.

He spent most of his childhood in the well-to-do neighborhood of Uttam Nagar, located in West Delhi. It was a middle class—upper-middle-class area, indicating that as a child, he did not want for much. He began his education at Vishal Bharti Public School, which, although not the most prestigious of Delhi schools, boasted a good reputation and well-credentialed teachers.

Virat is the youngest of three siblings; he and his brother and sisters were raised by his father, Prem Kohli, and his mother, Saraj Kohli. His father was a successful criminal lawyer, and his mother was a housewife. His older brother, Vikas, and older sister, Bhavana, are both eager supporters of their younger brother. None of them, however, were as keen on encouraging him into a cricket career than his father, Prem. Virat has noted in several interviews that Prem drove him to all of his crickets matches and practices as a child, and was the one who pushed him into professional cricket to begin with.

Not all was perfect in the Kohli household, however: in December of 2006, Virat’s father Prem Kohli passed away after a long period of illness. His death followed a sudden stroke after the man had spent a month bedridden.

Virat Kohli Motivation and Why he Chose Cricket As a Career

The world famous batsman is still humble enough to remember his roots. Virat often cites his motivation as Prem Kohli, and has been quoted as wistfully remarking on how much he misses his father.

Choosing cricket as a career also may not have been Virat’s first choice if it were not for Prem Kohli. The young Virat’s first foray into professional cricket came in 1998, when he was pushed by his father out of gully cricket, and into the newly-created West Delhi Cricket Club. It was here that he first experienced cricket outside of home or playground games. He was only 9 years old.

Virat Kohli Biography

At the West Delhi Cricket Academy, Virat quickly showed extensive potential to his trainer, Rajkumar Sharma (Academy founder, cricket coach, and former Ranji Trophy player). IN a recent interview, Bloomsbury India quotes Sharma as saying that the young boy “oozed talent”, and was a natural at whatever new thing was required of him. Sharma recalled that he often had to force the young boy to go home after training sessions, as he was reluctant to put down the bat.

With cricket quickly becoming an important part of his life, Virat transferred to Paschim Vihar’s Saviour Convent in his ninth grade, a school where he could focus on his cricket studies.

How Virat Kohli Started Cricket and how Under-19 Cricket Changed him

Virat experienced his first taste of the spotlight in late 2002, where he played with other talented youths in the Delhi Under-15 team in the 2002–03 Polly Umrigar Trophy games.

He completed the tournament in the lead of his peers, earning the title of top run-getter with a final score of 390 runs in 5 innings, an impressive feat for such a young player. This score included two centuries and two fifties. The following year’s tournament, the 2003–04 Vijay Merchant Trophy, saw him selected to play in the Delhi Under-17 team. He scored an impressive 470 runs over 4 matches over the course of the tournament. He was again selected to play the following year for the same tournament, where the Delhi Under-17 team won the 2004-2004–05 Vijay Merchant Trophy. Unsurprisingly, Kohli was again in the lead, with a score of 757 runs over 7 matches. His List A debut followed in 2006, although he didn’t get a chance to bat during the match.

He made his first-class debut in 2006 for Delhi, against Tamil Nadu. This occurred in November, around the same time that his father tragically died of a stroke. In fact, his death coincided with an important Ranji Trophy tie against Karnataka, where Virat was the overnight batsman for Delhi.

The death of his father seemed to change Virat overnight, according to his mother and close acquaintances. Heeding the advice of his coach, he famously chose to play for his team on the day after the death of Prem Kohli and traveled straight to the funeral as soon as the match finished.

His mother, Saroj, was quoted in a 2015 interview with Times India that she noted an abrupt change in her son from that day. She told the newspaper that Virat suddenly seemed to mature overnight, and became completely focused on cricket in a way that wasn’t evident before his father’s death. It appeared to Saroj that her son was suddenly not just chasing the dream of being a cricket star for himself, but also for the memory of his later father, Prem, who shared the same dream. Virat became even more intense towards his playing, hating to be benched and letting the game become his entire life.

Kohli was beginning to attract attention as a talented, rising star, but it was not until the Delhi Under-19 that he fully broke out into the spotlight and changed as a sportsman. February through March of 2008 brought about the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, where Kohli finally broke out as India’s favorite young cricket player. The World Cup, held in Malaysia, saw Kohli bat at number 3 and finish the tournament as the third-highest run-getter, and one of three batsmen scoring a century. Kohli scored 235 runs in 6 matches, with an average of 47.

His spectacular performance helped India win the U-19 World Cup for the second time in cricket history, making that tournament an important landmark and kick-off point for his career. It was a triumph that highlighted Kohli’s leadership skills and incredible gameplay abilities.
Kohli continued on in stellar performances in Under-19 tournaments against the West Indies, England, New Zealand, and South Africa.

How Virat Kohli Started Cricket

ODI Career

Kohli played his first ODI match on the Indian squad for the Sri Lanka tour and Pakistan Champions Trophy in August of 2008, in a surprise selection. Until this call-up, he had participated only in List A matches, making this his international debut at only 19 years of age. On this Sri Lanka tour, the India squad first-choice openers started out with seasoned players Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, but after both sustained injuries Kohli was called up as a makeshift opener for the rest of the tour. He lived up to this choice with flair as in the fourth match of the series he batted his maiden ODI half-century. This 54 score was one of the main reasons that India went on to win the series, marking him as an invaluable asset to the team. In the other three matches, he boasted scores of 37, 25, and 31. India closed the series with a 3-2 win against Sri Lanka, the Indian squad’s first win against the national team.

In November of the same year, he was given a spot on the squad for the home ODI series played against England, but the reinstatement of Sehwag and Tendulkar saw him benched for the series. He was subsequently excluded from the squad’s ODI series against Sri Lanka in January of the following year.

His next 2009 ODI appearance was in the home ODI series against Australia, although he only appeared in two of the seven matches as an injury replacement. There he remained also for the December home ODI series, against Sri Lanka. For the first two matches, he scored a consecutive 27 and 54 points. He was replaced in the third match by Yuvraj Singh, but after Singh suffered a finger injury which ruled him out for the foreseeable future, Kohli was back in his place by the fourth match at Kolkata. Here he scored his first ODI century with 107 off 111, an impressive feat. India won the series, and although the man of the match was first awarded to Gambhir, he passed it off to Kohli, saying that Kohli deserved it.

The January 2010 tri-nation ODI tournament, held in Bangladesh, saw Kohli take the rested Tendulkar’s place. In this tournament, Kohli played all five of India’s matches. In the first match against Bangladesh, he helped India to victory with a 91 score after an initial collapse early into the series. In the next match, against Sri Lanka, he ended unbeaten with a score of 71, again assisting India in a match victory. He followed this feat the next day with his second ODI century in the match against Bangladesh. This put him in place as only the third Indian batsman with two ODI centuries to their name before their 22nd birthday (with the two top spots in history belonging to Tendulkar and Suresh Raina.) Despite having made only two runs in the Sri Lanka final, he still finished in the lead with 275 runs, marking him top run-getter of the series. February of the same year found him batting two games in a three-match home ODI series against South Africa. His scores were 31 and 57, respectively.

After a year of slightly poor performance, Kohli returned to the ODI team in October. He scored his third ODI century against Australia. Here, he again won the man of the match. His fourth ODI century followed swiftly in its footsteps in a home ODI series against New Zealand. Here he scored a 104-ball 105 and won the match. It was his performance in this series that cemented his place as a regular on the ODI squad. 2010 proved to be a great year for Kohli, as he finished up with 995 runs total, averaging 47.38 with his first three centuries in the bag.

He continued his run of being the nation’s leading run-getting as India played in a five-match ODI series in January 2011. On this South Africa tour, he totaled 193 runs with an average of 48.25. It was his performance in this series that his ICC ranking of ODI batsmen jumped to number two. He was then placed in the India World Cup squad.

His fifth ODI century, an unbeaten 100, followed on his World Cup debut, the first match against Bangladesh. However, he continued on the series with surprisingly poor form, scoring much lower than usual. It was not until the final against Sri Lanka that he partnered up with Gambhir and, again, led India to victory—this World Cup win is the first for India since 1983.

Summer of 2011 proved to be a successful month professional for Kohli as he batted on the West Indies tour in June and July. Here he again won the man of the match in the second match, where he scored 81 and bagged another victory for India.

He scored his sixth ODI century in the ODI series in England on the last game of the series. In October, in the five-match home ODI series, he was the leading run-scorer in a series that led to gain back a win from England at 5-0. A subsequent West Indies series gave him the opportunity for his eighth ODI century. Kohli wrapped up 2011 again as the leading ODI run-getter, this time with 1381 runs from 34 matches, a 47.62 average, and four centuries in total.

After a great performance in the Commonwealth Bank triangular series, Kohli was gifted the vice-captaincy for the 2012 Asia Cup. It was during this series that he scored his personal best—a 183 off 148. This was his 11th ODI century and the highest individual score in the history of the Cup. He again finished the series with Man of the match for both matches wherein India saw victory.

The July-August five-match ODI series in Sri Lanka, 2012 was also a success, and Kohli batted two centuries during the series.

His first captaincy stand-in was during the 2013 triangular ODI series in the West Indies. With former captain Dhoni ruled out of the series after an injury, Kohli officially took his place as the captain of the India team. 2013 continued to be a great year for Kohli, with ODI series in India, South Africa, and New Zealand. In the ODI series at Kochi, Kohli made records as he reached his 5000th run, making him the fastest batsman to do so, a record he shared with Viv Richards.

2014 was quiet on the ODI front, with a successful home ODI series win in October and another four-match series in Sri Lanka the following month. In 2015, he played again on the World Cup team. They reached the semifinals.

His ODI career continued into 2016 where he continued to make records. He ended 2016 with 2812 ODI runs, making history as the highest ever tally by an Indian player. In the 2018 ODI series against the West Indies, he earned the record as the fastest player in history to score 10,000 runs in ODI series, and only the 12th batsman ever to do so.

Test Career

After a Test debut in 2011, he proved himself to not only be proficient in ODI matches and earned his first two Test Centuries in 2013, in series in Australia and South Africa. He was appointed Test captain in 2014 and became the fourth Indian player to score a century on a debut as Test captain.
His personal Test score best was 169, Melbourne Boxing Day Test of 2014. This was closely followed by another record, this time becoming the first batsman in Test history to score three centuries in the first three innings of his Test captaincy debut.

In the 2016 England series and following Bangladesh Test series, Kohli then became the first batsman to ever score double 100s in four consecutive Test series.

The 2017 Test season gave Kohli a chance to make records again during the November home triangle Test series against Sri Lanka. He became the eleventh Indian batsman to surpass 5k runs in Test. He also bagged his 20th century in Test matches and the 6th double century of his career.
Kohli scored his first Test century in England in the first match of the series, and on the 5th of August, he became the No. 1 ICC Test ranked Test batsman.

IPL Career

Royal Challengers Bangalore, an India Premier League franchise, bought Kohli on a youth contract in March of 2008. The trading price was $30,000. By the 2010 season, he was the third leading run-getting for the team with 307 runs and an average of 27.9. He was awarded vice-captaincy ahead of the 2011 IPL season, and eventually captaincy ahead of the 2013 season.

In 2016, Kohli made a record for most runs in an IPL season. He scored 973 runs, with an average of 81.08, over 16 matches, including 4 centuries. He won the Orange Cap. The 2017 season saw Kohli sitting out due to a shoulder injury, and the team subsequently scraping the barrel by the end of the tournament. He still scored the most runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore, despite not playing a full season. He was retained by the team for a record ₹17 crore ahead of the 2018 season.

Personal Life of Virat Kohli

Kohli’s intense focus shifted slightly in 2013 when Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma came into his life. They first met on the set of a TV commercial where they were to work together, and they soon became close friends—or, that was all the information they would give to the media. It didn’t take long for the rumors to spread, however, as the sight of the two of them together in public.

The rumors were fueled around January of 2014 when Kohli arrived with team India at the Mumbai Airport after their South Africa tour. The media erupted into a fury when Kohli opted to go to Anushka’s apartment from the airport, as opposed to going with the rest of the team to the hotel designated for the team. It was later revealed that Anushka had been the one to send the car to pick him up at the airport.

The actress and the cricketer at first were hesitant to enter into a public relationship with each other, but slowly but surely they came out of their private shell. In February of 2014, Anushka accompanied the Indian team to New Zealand, where she and Kohli were photographed in public together.

Kohli returned the favor, visiting Anushka in Sri Lanka later that year, where she was working on the set of Bombay Velvet. They also spent her 26th birthday together on the shoot of another movie, where he visited her as well.

Their first appearance publicly as a couple was in October of the same year. They went on a date at an Indian Super League game. They became an official couple during the months following and appeared more and more unashamed to be in a relationship.

Kohli’s career did not seem to be negatively affected by his relationship with the actress; in fact, he has posted on his social media accounts about how grateful he is to have had her by his side during some milestone moments in his career, such as when he was granted captaincy in Melbourne. They proved to be a wonderful match and showed their mutual support for each other’s careers loud and proud on social media. On December 11th, 2017, they finally tied the knot in a beautiful private ceremony in Tuscany, Italy.

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