Virat Kohli, an Indian cricketer and one of the country’s greatest icons, turns 34 on November 5. Kohli has a knack for breaking records, whether it’s for the most number of double centuries in consecutive Test series or the fastest 1,000 runs in ODIs.
Kohli’s father (Prem Kohli) was his biggest supporter, walking him into the West Delhi Cricket Academy (WDCA), accompanying him to various cricket matches, and convincing him that failing was okay as long as he had the courage to try again.
Virat Kohli surpassed Sri Lankan legend Mahela Jayawardene as the highest run-scorer in T20 World Cup history (1016 runs in 31 matches). At the start of this match, Kohli had 1001 runs in 24 matches. With a single down the on-side in the seventh over of the Indian innings against Taskin, he broke the record.
When Kohli was a kid, Sachin Tendulkar had a huge influence on him. After the Indian team took the top spot in the ICC test rankings, Kohli bowed to acknowledge his (Sachin Tendulkar’s) presence. Kohli also paraded his hero Tendulkar on his shoulders, proudly carrying the nation’s burden for 21 years.
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Here’s a look at some of Virat Kohli’s top innings:
On a difficult pitch where no other Indian batter could reach 50, Kohli rode his luck to a brave century against the South Africans’ blistering pace.
Kohli stunned everyone with twin centuries in his first Test match as India’s Test captain at the Adelaide Oval, despite India succumbing to a heartbreaking loss on the fifth day.
On a day when his teammates were losing wickets in droves, Kohli played one of his best Test knocks, putting on a clinic on how to play swing in England.
Kohli’s reputation as a master finisher was cemented when he delivered one of the all-time great T20 innings in Mohali.
With his maiden T20I century against Afghanistan, he set the record for the highest individual score by an Indian in the game’s shortest format (122* off 61 balls). He surpassed Rohit Sharma and Martin Guptill to become the highest run-scorer in T20Is at the start of the T20 World Cup.