Full name Virat Kohli
Born November 5, 1988, Delhi
Current age 27 years 234 days
Major teams India, Delhi, India Red, India Under-19s, Royal Challengers Bangalore
Playing role Middle-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
|Test debut||West Indies v India at Kingston, Jun 20-23, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v South Africa at Delhi, Dec 3-7, 2015 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Sri Lanka v India at Dambulla, Aug 18, 2008 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v India at Sydney, Jan 23, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Jun 12, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20I||India v West Indies at Mumbai, Mar 31, 2016 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Delhi v Tamil Nadu at Delhi, Nov 23-26, 2006 scorecard|
|Last First-class||India v South Africa at Delhi, Dec 3-7, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Delhi v Services at Delhi, Feb 18, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||Australia v India at Sydney, Jan 23, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Delhi v Himachal Pradesh at Delhi, Apr 3, 2007 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad at Bangalore, May 29, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|54||RCB||v Sunrisers||Bangalore||29 May 2016||T20|
|0||RCB||v Guj Lions||Bangalore||24 May 2016||T20|
|54*||RCB||v Daredevils||Raipur||22 May 2016||T20|
|113||RCB||v Kings XI||Bangalore||18 May 2016||T20|
|75*||RCB||v KKR||Kolkata||16 May 2016||T20|
|109, 0/13||RCB||v Guj Lions||Bangalore||14 May 2016||T20|
|7||RCB||v Mum Indians||Bangalore||11 May 2016||T20|
|20||RCB||v Kings XI||Mohali||9 May 2016||T20|
|108*||RCB||v Supergiants||Bangalore||7 May 2016||T20|
|52||RCB||v KKR||Bangalore||2 May 2016||T20|
A typical modern-day cricketer, Virat Kohli plays his game aggressively, bares his emotions loudly in public, yet retains the element of maturity that forms an integral part of every good and great player. Anil Kumble said he had thought hard before calling Kohli the best under-22 player in international cricket - that would rate as perhaps the best compliments he has received. It is also proof of Kohli's transformation as a player.
Kohli himself readily admitted to committing mistakes and walking the wrong path in the immediate aftermath of becoming only the second India captain to win the Under-19 World Cup in 2008. Monikers such as brash, arrogant were stuck on him as Kohli struggled to balance his career and the adulation that came with success. But some introspection and the expert guidance from the Indian team's seniors allowed Kohli to bounce back.
Today he is recognised for his growing maturity, and, more importantly, for his superb skills with bat in hand. Even in the presence, or absence, of his other prolific partners, Kohli has become one of the most dependable batsmen in the Indian middle order. His defensive technique is organised, he is an accomplished strokeplayer all round the wicket - his timing on the legside is especially silken - and he relishes performing when the pressure is on. He was an important presence during India's World Cup triumph, where he struck a vital century in the tournament opener and then played his hand in the summit clash with a patient 35 which formed a crucial part of the third-wicket partnership with Gautam Gambhir that allowed India to recover from the early loss of the openers. Then came the tour to Australia later that year, when he truly proved he belonged at the highest levels in both forms of the game. On a tour in which India's senior batsmen struggled throughout, Kohli stood out, scoring India's only Test hundred - a mature, composed innings in Adelaide. And with India almost out of the CB Series, Kohli uncorked his best with an astonishing 86-ball unbeaten 133 to help India chase down 321 in under 40 overs. Much was expected of him when he occupied the spot left vacant by VVS Laxman before India's home season in 2012. He got off to a bright start, hitting a century and two fifties against New Zealand.
His gung-ho attitude, his youthful charm and his aggression have also made him the mascot of his IPL team, the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kohli has repaid the franchise by helping Bangalore reach the finals of the 2009 and 2011 IPL seasons and then almost single-handedly taking them to the title clash in the 2011 Champions League Twenty20. He was handed the Royal Challengers Bangalore' captaincy for the 2013 IPL season, with the intention of grooming him as the future captain of India. With MS Dhoni's injury during the West Indies tri-series, Kohli was given the honour of captaining India on their tour of Zimbabwe in July 2013. With MS Dhoni retiring from Test cricket after the Boxing Day Test against Australia in Melbourne in 2014, Kohli took over as captain of the Test team.
Kohli's fantastic fielding, and the ability to assess situations and seize the moment, makes him one of the most exciting talents to watch out for in the international circuit.
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