Virat Kohli is one of the best athletes in India and plays cricket for India in international matches. He is thought to be one of the best batters alive right now, and he can also bowl medium-fast with his right arm sometimes. He has won several games for India by himself because of how reliable and powerful he is at bat. Virat became interested in cricket at a very young age. He learned how to bat when he was only three years old. Because his parents saw how good he could be, they put him in the West Delhi Cricket Academy when he was nine years old.
Over the next few years, he got better and better as a player. He went on to represent his city, Delhi, in cricket at different age levels and in local competitions. In 2008, he led India’s Under-19 team to victory at the Under-19 World Cup, which was his first big win. He quickly became a useful middle-order player and was picked to play for the Indian team. He has already earned the name “ODI specialist” and has now shown that he is also a strong player in test cricket. From 2013 to 2022, Virat Kohli led the Indian cricket team in all three types of games. He is married to the well-known Indian star Anushka Sharma.
Nicknames: Cheeku, Chikoo
35 years old,
Spouse or ex-spouse: Anushka Sharma
Dad: Prem Kohli
Saroj Kohli is her mother.
Bhavna Kholi and Vikash Kholi are siblings.
Vamika Kohli has children.
Country of birth: India
5’9″ (175 cm) tall,
New Delhi, India is the city.
Growing up and early life
The Indian couple Prem Kohli and Saroj Kohli had Virat Kohli on November 5, 1988. His dad was a criminal lawyer and his mom is a housekeeper. Vikash is his younger brother, and Bhavna is his younger sister.
When he was young, he became interested in cricket. He would pick up a cricket bat when he was three years old and ask his dad to bowl to him. He went to Vishal Bharti Public School for his early education.
As his love for cricket grew, his father signed him up at the West Delhi Cricket Academy when he was nine years old. He learned how to play football at the Sumit Dogra school and trained at the school under Rajkumar Sharma.
He played for the Delhi Under-15 team in 2002 and scored the most runs in the Polly Umrigar Trophy event that year. Virat was named leader of the Polly Umrigar Trophy team for 2003–04.
He was picked to play for Delhi’s Under-17 team in the 2003–04 Vijay Merchant Trophy. He got 470 runs in four games, with two hundreds and an average of 117.50. Virat played even better the next year, and his great play helped Delhi win the 2004–05 Vijay Merchant Trophy.
Because of how well he played over and over, he was put on the India Under-19 team that went to England in 2006. In the three ODIs that the India Under-19 team won, he scored an average of 105. Later that same year, he also did great against Pakistan’s U-19 cricket team.
Kohli was only 18 years old when his father died in 2006. His father had been his biggest supporter, and when he died too soon, the family lost a lot of money. It was now up to Kohli to take the game even more seriously, since he had more duties.
He was in charge of the Indian team that won the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in Malaysia. After that, the Indian Premier League team Royal Challengers Bangalore got him for $30,000 and used him as a youth player.
He was picked to go on the 2008 Indian ODI tour of Sri Lanka. Because Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were both hurt during the tour, he batted as an opening batsman for the whole game. In the end, India won the series 3–2. It was their first win in an ODI series in Sri Lanka.
He kept playing regularly all through 2009. He won his first man of the match award when he scored 79 runs without being out against the West Indies in an ICC Champions Trophy group match in 2009. Later that same year, he played in an ODI series at home against Sri Lanka. In the fourth match of the series, he scored his first ODI century, 107 runs off of 111 balls.
They kept up their good play, which got them into the 2011 World Cup team. Kohli played in all 16 games and got 100 runs without being out in the first game against Bangladesh. He was the first Indian batsman to score a hundred on their World Cup debut. Indian made it to the finals, and Kohli’s 35 runs against Sri Lanka in the finals were very important. And they won by six wickets, taking home the World Cup for the first time since 1983.
India’s tour of the West Indies in June and July 2011 was mostly made up of new players, and Kohli was one of only three players in the Test team who had never played before. He played his first Test match at Kingston, which was also the first game of the series. Even though India won the Test series 1-0, Kohli did not do well against the fast bowlers. He only made 76 runs in five innings during the series, so he wasn’t picked for the Tests.
He was called back to the Test team for India’s four-match series in England in July and August 2011 because Yuvraj Singh was hurt and couldn’t play. Not a single Test match was played by him in the series, and he did pretty well in the ODI series.
During India’s tour of Australia in December 2011, he made his name in Test cricket. Even though India lost the Test series 4–0, Virat Kohli scored the most runs for India in the series. He made his first hundred in a Test match in the first innings of the fourth and final match at Adelaide, where he got 116 runs.
Kohli was made vice-captain for the 2012 Asia Cup in Bangladesh. He got 183 while chasing in the last match of the group stage against Pakistan. This was the highest score by an individual against Pakistan in an ODI, and it broke West Indies’ Brian Lara’s long-standing record of 156. India could not make it to the final of the event, even though he played very well.
Throughout 2013, he continued to have a string of good jobs. He did well in the seven-match ODI series against Australia. In the second match at Jaipur, he hit a hundred off of just 52 balls, which was the fastest century by an Indian in an ODI. India was able to reach the goal of 360 runs thanks to his knock of 100 not out.
Kohli can play well in both ODIs and tests, but he is better known for how well he does in ODIs. He was made captain of the Indian test team in 2014. He scored 692 runs in four Tests during the same year’s tour of Australia. This was the most by any Indian batter in an Australian Test series.
In 2015, he had a short slump in his career because he couldn’t make any big goals. Later that same year, when South Africa toured India, he became the fastest batter in the world to score 1,000 runs in T20I cricket. He quickly got back to playing his best, though.
Kohli was in great shape in 2016. India made it to the playoffs of the 2016 T20 World Cup, which was held in India, thanks to his great batting.
Virat got 2818 runs in international games in 2017. This was the highest score by an Indian cricketer and the third-highest score in a calendar year. The ICC made him captain of the World Test XI and ODI XI for 2017.
Kohli got 593 runs in the five-match test series India lost to England in 2018. It was the third-highest score by an Indian batsman in a test series that India lost. The British press said that his hitting was one of his best. When Kohli was batting, The Guardian called it “One of the Greatest batting displays in a losing cause.” Kohli became the fastest player to score 10,000 ODI runs that same year. It took him 205 games to do it.
On September 30, 2021, Kohli quit as India’s T20I captain. In December of that year, Rohit Sharma took over as India’s ODI leader. Indian lost the test series to South Africa 2–1, so Kohli quit as Test captain on January 15, 2022.
Volunteering and Giving
In 2013, Virat Kohli started a charity called the “Virat Kohli Foundation” (VKF) to help kids who don’t have much. The foundation also puts on events to help raise money for good causes.
Achievements and Awards
In 2012, he was named the ICC ODI Player of the Year. In 2011–12 and 2014–15, he was named the BCCI’s foreign cricketer of the year.
Because of his great work in international cricket, he won the Arjuna Award in 2013.
Private Life and Legacy
A lot of people knew that Virat Kohli was dating Bollywood star Anushka Sharma. It was said that they broke up in early 2016, but they later made up and got back together.
Their wedding day was December 11, 2017, and they are now married. They got married in Tuscany, Italy, at Borgo Finocchieto.
Everyone didn’t know that Virat and Anushka (Virushka) were getting married until just a few days before the big day. Reports in the media say that a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) bound everyone who worked on the wedding, including the photographers, chefs, and hotel staff.
Virat Kohli is known for having a very strong mind, and this event clearly shows it. It was the middle of a Ranji Trophy match for Delhi when Virat Kohli lost his father. At 3 a.m., someone called him to tell him that his father had died. He was Delhi’s evening batsman, and his team was having a rough time. He saved 90 runs in a game the next day for his team, and then he went to his dad’s funeral.
Ventures and investments in business
He is said to like football more than any other sport. As a football fan, he bought the FC Goa team in the Indian Super League (ISL) in 2014 because he wanted to see the sport grow in India. He also said it was an investment for the future.
Kohli became the face of the London-based social networking site “Sport Convo” and a shareholder in it in 2014.
Kohli started the fashion line WROGN in November 2014 with the help of Anjana Reddy’s Universal Sportsbiz (USPL). This brand sells casual clothes for guys and has partnerships with Shopper’s Stop and the big online store Myntra.com.
Virat Kohli became a co-owner of the UAE Royals team in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) in September 2015. Teams play tennis every year in different places in Asia as part of the IPTL.
He put INR 90 crore, which is about $14 million, into the Chisel chain of gyms and exercise centers in 2015. Kohli, along with Chisel India and CSE (Cornerstone Sport and Entertainment), owns the training chain.
He became a co-owner of the Bengaluru Yodhas team in the Indian Pro Wrestling League in December 2015. The JSW group is the other co-owner of the business.
Stepathlon Lifestyle and Virat started Stepathlon Kids together in 2016. Stepathlon Kids is a fitness business for kids.