Beginning with a Bang –
Virat Kohli came into limelight as he captained the Under 19 squad in the World cup and won that tournament in 2006. Since then he has not looked back and has been playing a crucial role for India. He burst on to the international cricket in 2008.
Going strong –
Virat Kohli has been playing for India for 6 years in all three formats of the game. Virat Kohli has played 29 test matches, 142 One day Internationals and 28 T-20 matches in his carrier so far.
Shining Star –
He made a great contribution in the World Cup 2011 finals held in Bangladesh, between Sri Lanka and India. Chasing 275 runs both openers were out as India was struggling and then both Gambhir and Kohli steadied the innings and put a good partnership. In the Asia Cup 2012 he scored one of his best knocks of his career scoring 183 against Pakistan. He scored the first test century against Australia in their home turf in 2012.
Since then, he has scored centuries in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. He was part of the team that won the Champions Trophy in 2013 at England. In the Commonwealth Bank series 2013 against chasing 320 in 40 overs he plundered the Sri Lankan bowling especially Lasith Malinga all over the ground.
Captain Material –
Virat’s career took off as the captain of Under-19 Indian team which won the world cup in that category for the first time. He led the senior team for the first time in the tri nation series in West Indies in 2013. Now days in the series against Sri Lanka he is the captain of the Indian cricket team as Dhoni is being rested. He has the potential to take over the leadership anytime now.
Recent form –
In 2014, on the tour to England his form in test matches and One day internationals was poor but he came back to form in recently concluded One day International series against West Indies. His one day international year wise statistics are as follows.
- In 2008, he played 5 matches scoring 159 runs at average of 31.80.
- In 2009, he scored 325 runs in 10 matches at an average of 54.16.
- In 2010, he scored 995 runs in 25 matches with an average of 47.38.
- In 2011, he scored 1381 runs in 34 matches with an average of 47.62.
- In 2012, he scored 1026 runs in 17 matches with an average of 68.40.
- 2013 was the best year for him scoring 1268 runs in 34 matches with an average of 52.83.
- And in 2014 so far, he has scored 475 runs in 7 matches with an average of 67.85.
Scored a twin century against Australia at Adelaide.
Virat Kohli is the second batsman after Greg Chappell to score a twin century on his test debut as a captain.
In his glorious career so far we see some of achievements –
1. Fastest Century by an Indian in One day internationals against Australia (52 balls)
2. Fastest Cricketer to reach 20 centuries in One day internationals
3. Most One day international runs by an Indian Cricketer in 2010,2011,2012,2013.
4. Awarded the ICC ODI player for the year 2012
5. Arjuna Awardee in 2013
His form will play an important for India in 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Let’s hope that he will continue to perform as a great player and carries future of Indian Cricket on his shoulder.
Image courtesy – Indian Express
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