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Personal Details and Early Life
Virat Kohli is a right-handed top-order batsman and the current captain of the India national team. Kohli is regarded as one of the best modern-day batsmen in the world with his aggressive but classy hitting and passionate nature on the field. He is the skipper of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Kohli was born on 5 November 1988 in Delhi to father Prem Kohli and Saroj Kohli. His father worked as a criminal lawyer. He also has an elder brother Vikas and an elder sister Bhavna. Kohli started his schooling at Vishal Bharti Public School and joined the West Delhi Cricket academy at the age of nine. He was a bright student academically as well. Kohli’s father supported his cricketing dream every step of the way but unfortunately passed away in 2006 due to a stroke.
Kohli played for both the Delhi U15 and U17 before making his debut in List A in 2006 against Services. In that same year, he was called up for the U19 Indian team and also made his first-class debut for Delhi against Tamil Nadu. In 2008, Kohli captained the Indian U19 team to World Cup glory in Malaysia.
Kohli was picked up by the RCB in the inaugural season (2008) and was the only player retained by the team in 2011. He was appointed captain in 2013. In 2015, Kohli’s batting performances helped his team reach the playoffs and the next season Kohli smashed the record of the highest runs in an IPL season. He hit four centuries in that single season and scored 973 runs to win the Orange Cap. In 192 matches, Kohli has scored a staggering 5878 runs in his IPL career.
In August 2008 Kohli made his ODI debut against Srilanka in Dambulla and he was dismissed early after scoring just 12 runs. He was added to the squad as a reserve player but soon made his spot permanent and started every match in the triumphant 2011 World Cup. The following year, he was appointed as the vice-captain of the national team for the Asia Cup in Bangladesh. In 2013 Kohli played his first game as captain due to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s absence related to an injury. Kohli holds a great number of Indian batting records, including the fastest ODI century (in 52 balls vs Australia), the fastest batsman to reach 5,000 ODI runs, and in 2012, he became the fastest to hit 10 ODI centuries. In 249 career ODI matches, Kohli has racked up 11,867 runs at an average of 59.34.
Virat Kohli made his Test debut in 2010 against West Indies at Sabina Park but could not impress as he scored only 76 runs in five innings in that series. He picked up his form and scored his first century in December 2011 against Australia and ended up the highest scorer for India in that series. Kohli was appointed the Test captain after MS Dhoni announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2014. He scored three centuries in his first three innings as captain and became the first player to do so. Kohli has played 86 Test matches, scoring 7240 runs at a cracking average of 53.63.
Virat Kohli made his T20I debut on June 12, 2010, against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, he scored an unbeaten 26 runs to help India beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets. In 82 matches, Kohli has scored 2,794 runs at an average of 50.80 and a strike rate of 138.25. In T20 Internationals, he has smashed 19 half-centuries but is still to conjure up a century.
Achievements and Awards
Virat Kohli has the best Test (937 points), ODI (911 points), and T20I (897 points) rating of any Indian batsman. He has the highest number of centuries in run-chases in the world and is also known as the chase master. He is one of the fastest batsmen to 10,000 (205 innings) and 11,000 (222 innings) runs in ODI cricket.
●Arjuna Award winner in 2013
●Padma Shri, India’s fourth–highest civilian award, winner in 2017.
●Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna winner in 2018.
●Two-time Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy winner (ICC Cricketer of the Year): 2017, 2018
●Three-time ICC ODI Player of the Year: 2012, 2017, 2018
●2018 ICC Test Player of the Year
●A six-time member of the ICC ODI Team of the Year: 2012, 2014, 2016 (captain), 2017 (captain), 2018 (captain), 2019 (captain)
●Three-time member of the ICC Test Team of the Year: 2017 (captain), 2018 (captain), 2019 (captain)
Kohli started dating Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in 2013 and the couple tied the knot on 11 December 2017 in a private ceremony in Florence, Italy. In August 2020, the couple announced via social media that they will be parents soon.
Virat Kohli ranks first in the list of highest-paid cricketers and his net worth in 2020 is Rs 688 Crore 2020 (93 million USD). He is considered to be a modern great in the game of cricket and is predicted to reach an even higher net worth in the coming years.
Kohli is a Grade A player and according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) central contracts he earns hefty sums as a player alone. As a grade-A player, he earns $190,000 (Rs. 1.25 crore) as his retainer fee on an annual basis and receives Rs 5 lakh for playing a Test match, 3 lakhs for an ODI match, and 1.50 lakhs for a T20I match. His salary also reportedly includes approximately Rs. 5 crores as a bonus amount.
Kohli is known to make more than Rs. 17 crores from endorsements. He charges Rs.2 crore per day compared to MS Dhoni’s 1.5 crores. Kohli signs contracts for about 3 days and brands utilize those three days in photo shoots, press briefings among other appearances.
Currently, Kohli has signed deals with many popular companies including Manyavar, Cinthol Deo, Fastrack, Godrej, Boost, Reebok, Pepsi, Head & Shoulders, and Nestle India.