Virat Kohli: The Undisputed King Of Indian Cricket

Virat Kohli: The Undisputed King of Indian Cricket

Cometh the hour Cometh the man, this word was said for the one who did a miracle whenever he came to bat, and he is none other than Virat Kohli. An Indian international cricketer, Virat is considered by many to be one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the game and is also known as the greatest white-ball batsman ever produced by India or anywhere else in the world.

Virat has earned Respect for his discipline and commitment and has taken his game and fitness to another level.

Virat holds several cricket records, including the most individual hundreds in ODI matches and the most runs scored in a single edition of an ODI World Cup (CWC 2023). He has been named Player of the Tournament at global events on three occasions: at the 2014 and 2016 T20I World Cups and the 2023 ODI World Cup.

Virat was also a member of the Indian sides that won the 2011 ODI World Cup and the 2013 ICC (International Cricket Council) Champions Trophy. He is married to popular Bollywood actress and producer Anushka Sharma.

Early Life and Journey to Stardom

Virat Kohli was born on November 5, 1988, in Delhi, India. He grew up in Delhi and was first to train at the West Delhi Cricket Academy. In 2002, he played for the Delhi Under-15 team and became the highest run-getter in the 2003–04 Vijay Merchant Trophy, playing for the Delhi Under-17 team.

In February 2006, Virat made his domestic debut for Delhi in a one-day match against Services but did not get a chance to bat. But once he got a chance, he started performing in domestic games and getting the attention of many, and at that time, no one thought, even Virat himself, that one day he would be the face of cricket.

But Virat also went through a rough phase of life. On Dec 18, 2006, Virat lost his father due to a cerebral attack, and during that moment, he was busy representing his state as a cricket player. During his childhood, his father played a very important role in Virat’s life by supporting him in Cricket.

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After this huge loss, Virat took cricket more seriously. He wanted to play for his country and do something big to make his father proud. He became successful in that, as his father’s dream was to see his son play for his country. Today, when cricket is described, Virat Kohli’s name is the first part of that topic.

After a few years, Kohli captained the Under-19 Indian cricket team to victory at the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2008. His exploits were rewarded with an IPL contract from RCB.

He also made his international debut in an ODI that year against Sri Lanka. In 2009, he scored 405 runs in nine innings in the Emerging Players Tournament in Australia, ensuring that he would be at the top of the national team selectors’ minds; today, he is one of the greatest of all time, a bowler’s nightmare, and a globally known superstar.

The Pinnacle of Success

Virat Kohli Step by step, getting success at regular intervals, and that is 

Virat’s strong run of scores led to his name on the national team. He scored his first ODI hundred in 2009 against Sri Lanka. Also part of the Indian team at the 2011 ODI World Cup, Kohli scored a hundred in his World Cup debut against Bangladesh. He would go on to score a crucial 35 runs in the final as India won the World Cup for the first time in 28 years.

Virat debuted in Tests later in 2011 against the West Indies, as players such as Sachin Tendulkar were rested after the World Cup win. In the nightmare tour of Australia in 2011–12, India lost the Test series 4–0, but Kohli scored the only century by an Indian player on the tour, earning praise.

In the 2012 Commonwealth Bank Series tournament with Australia and Sri Lanka, India needed to chase Sri Lanka’s score of 320 in only 40 overs to claim a crucial bonus point and stay in contention for the final. Kohli’s unbeaten 133 in 86 balls helped India score the required runs in just 36.4 overs and get a title, i.e. Chase master in front of his name.

Virat was appointed vice-captain of the ODI team for the 2012 Asia Cup. Though India failed to reach the final, Kohli recorded his highest ODI score of 183 in a successful run chase against Pakistan and ended the tournament as the highest run scorer. Kohli was part of the Indian squad that won the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy and was the top scorer with 43 runs in the final against England.

Virat was the highest run scorer at the 2014 T20I World Cup, playing a key role in India’s semifinal win over South Africa and being the top scorer in the final, which India lost to Sri Lanka.

In the 2016 Asia Cup, his run of scores helped India reach the final and win the title. In the 2016 T20I World Cup, he was again Player of the Tournament, and he was the top scorer in a successful chase against Australia as well as in the semifinal, which India lost to champion West Indies.

Challenges and Overcoming Adversity

Now, there was a time when Virat Kohli was in Red Hot Form, unstoppable, and the team could not figure out how to take Virat Kohli’s wicket.

Kohli captained India at the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, but India lost to Pakistan in the final. That year, Kohli scored two double centuries in a Test series against Sri Lanka. He continued to score ODI hundreds. On the 2018 tour to England, he changed his poor run from the last England tour with a series of good scores, leading India to one win. However, the team was defeated in close matches and lost the series 4–1.

The same year, Kohli became the 13th batsman to score 10,000 runs in ODIs, becoming the fastest to do so, in a full 54 innings fewer than Sachin Tendulkar, previously the most rapid. The crowning glory of his captaincy career came on the 2018–19 tour of Australia when the Kohli-led India side won its first Test series in Australia. In the process, Kohli scored his 25th Test hundred.

Kohli was named captain of the Indian team for the ODI World Cup in 2019. He scored five fifties in the tournament, which many considered below expectations for others, as someone’s big form is the same as Virat’s bad form. India lost to New Zealand in the semifinals, but Kohli became the fastest to 20,000 international runs across formats during the tournament.

Then, again, dark clouds were around Virat Kohli. When cricket resumed after the pandemic, Virat’s performance dipped across formats, and he didn’t hit another century for two to three years, though he continued to score several fifties. During this period, India lost to New Zealand in the final of the inaugural World Test Championship in 2021 and failed to qualify for the knockout round in the 2021 T20I World Cup.

In spite of his regular runs, the experts on the com box considered him in bad form and the support Virat req. During that time, luck was also not favoring Virat. Virat resigned from the T20I and ODI captaincy, both positions being taken over by Rohit Sharma.

In 2022, Kohli stepped down from Test captaincy, and Sharma took over. Kohli had captained India in a record 68 Tests, winning 40 of them. He has been the most successful Indian captain by some distance, with series wins both home and away, and his record compares favourably with great captains across eras. But in spite of all his contributions towards his country was all getting down because of his bad form.

Comeback in Styles

After poor performances for a few years, Kohli finally returned to form spectacularly, scoring his first T20I hundred against Afghanistan in the 2022 Asia Cup. Still, India failed to qualify for the final. He was the top scorer in the 2022 T20I World Cup, in which India lost in the semifinals to eventual winner England. In that tournament, he won high praise for his back-to-the-wall 82 not out in a successful chase against Pakistan, and after that, Virat didn’t look back and performed continuously back to back.

Impact on Indian Cricket and Legacy

It created a big impact on Indian cricket as they produced a lot of great cricketers who are remembered for a long time and also created confidence in other players to how to play in crucial matches, and that helped them a lot to do well in the Indian cricket team, and Virat’s Contribution made India no one side in all format the team who can beat other countries in their land, and also aggression and mindset that made this team achieve anything from any time.

Performance in IPL 2024

Virat has already got a record eighth ton in IPL 2024, and he continues to lead the scoring charts with a mind-boggling 661 runs from 13 games for Royal Challengers Bengaluru. with the strike touching 150, which is magnificent. The shorts he is playing with so much ease made him look in sublime form, which is a very positive sign for the Indian team as Virat will be representing India at no three, which is crucial for the Indian squad to win this world cup.

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Conclusion

Virat has achieved many things in his life, and there are more yet to come. It’s important for him to retire on a high note by winning 2-3 ICC trophies.
But a batsman like him is born in a decade or two, and that’s why he is called the Ronaldo of cricket. Many other sports superstars are well-known, including Virat Kohli. 

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