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|Full name||Virat Kohli|
5 November 1988 |
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium|
|Test debut (cap 269)||20 June 2011 v West Indies|
|Last Test||6 January 2015 v Australia|
|ODI debut (cap 175)||18 August 2008 v Sri Lanka|
|Last ODI||26 March 2015 v Australia|
|ODI shirt no.||18|
|Domestic team information|
|2008–present||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|Source: ESPNCricinfo, 28 February 2015|
Virat Kohli ( pronunciation (help·info); born 5 November 1988) is an Indian cricketer. A right-handed middle-order batsman, he is the captain of the Indian Test team. He captained the victorious Indian team at the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup held in Malaysia. He represents Delhi in domestic cricket and is the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise in the Indian Premier League.
Kohli made his ODI debut in 2008 and was part of the Indian team which won the 2011 World Cup. Despite being a regular in the ODI side, Kohli only played his first Test in 2011 against West Indies at Kingston. On India's disastrous 2011/12 tour of Australia, in which India's senior batsmen struggled throughout, Kohli stood out, scoring his first Test hundred in Adelaide.
In ODI cricket, Kohli holds multiple records including the record for the fastest century by an Indian batsman, and the fastest to 17 hundreds in ODI by any batsman. He is the fourth batsman in ODIs after Sourav Ganguly (1997–2000), Sachin Tendulkar (1996–98) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2007–09) to hit 1000 or more ODI runs in three or more consecutive calendar years. He also holds the record for most centuries in chases, with 14 centuries, behind only Sachin Tendulkar. He is the first batsman to make five successive scores of 50 or more in ODIs on two separate occasions. Kohli was the recipient of the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2012. SportsPro has rated him the 2nd most marketable athlete in the world. In October 2013, against Australia, Kohli hit the fastest ODI century by an Indian, the seventh fastest ever. In November 2013, he became the top-ranked ODI batsman for the first time. Kohli also received the Man of the Tournament during the 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.
Virat Kohli was born on 5 November 1988 in Delhi to Prem Kohli and Saroj Kohli. He has an elder brother, Vikash, and an elder sister, Bhavna. Kohli was raised in Uttam Nagar and attended school at Vishal Bharti Public School and Savier Convent in Paschim Vihar. His father, Prem, worked as a criminal lawyer and died on 18 December 2006 due to brain stroke.
In 1998, the West Delhi Cricket Academy was created, and Kohli, a nine-year-old, was part of its first intake. Kohli's father took him to the academy after their neighbors suggested that "Virat shouldn't waste his time in gully cricket and instead join a professional club". Kohli trained at the academy under Rajkumar Sharma and also played matches at the Sumit Dogra Academy near Noida at the same time. According to Kohli, his father supported his cricket training, "My father was my biggest support. He was the one who drove me to practice everyday. I miss his presence sometimes."
Kohli first played for Delhi Under-15 team in October 2002 in the 2002–03 Polly Umrigar Trophy. He was the leading run-getter for his team in that tournament with 172 runs at an average of 34.40. He became the captain of the team for the 2003–04 Polly Umrigar Trophy and scored 390 runs in 5 innings at an average of 78 including two centuries and two fifties. In late-2004, he was selected in the Delhi Under-17 team for the 2003–04 Vijay Merchant Trophy. He scored 470 runs in four matches at an average of 117.50 with two hundreds and top-score of 251*. Delhi Under-17s won the 2004–05 Vijay Merchant Trophy in which Kohli finished as the highest run-scorer with 757 runs from 7 matches at an average of 84.11 with two centuries. In February 2006, he made his List A debut for Delhi against Services but did not get to bat.
In July 2006, Kohli was selected in the India Under-19 squad on its tour of England. He averaged 105 in the three-match ODI series against England Under-19 and 49 in the three-match Test series. India Under-19 went on to win both the series. At the conclusion of the tour, the India Under-19 coach Lalchand Rajput was impressed with Kohli and said, "Kohli showed strong technical skills against both pace and spin". In September, the India Under-19 team toured Pakistan. Kohli averaged 58 in the Test series and 41.66 in the ODI series against Pakistan Under-19s. In October, playing for Delhi Under-19s, he averaged 15 in the Vinoo Mankad Trophy and 72.66 in the Cooch Behar Trophy. He was then picked in the North Zone Under-19 squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy in which he averaged 28 in two matches.
Kohli made his first-class debut for Delhi against Tamil Nadu in November 2006, at the age of 18, and scored 10 in his debut innings. He came into the spotlight in December when he decided to play for his team against Karnataka on the day after his father's death and went on to score 90. He went directly to the funeral after he was dismissed. Delhi captain Mithun Manhas said, "That is an act of great commitment to the team and his innings turned out to be crucial. Hats off to his attitude and determination." His mother noted that "Virat changed a bit after that day. Overnight he became a much more matured person. He took every match seriously. He hated being on the bench. It's as if his life hinged totally on cricket after that day. Now, he looked like he was chasing his father's dream which was his own too." He scored a total of 257 runs from 6 matches at an average of 36.71 in that season.
In April 2007, he made his Twenty20 debut and finished as the highest run-getter for his team in the Inter-State T20 Championship with 179 runs at an average of 35.80. In July–August 2007, the India Under-19 team toured Sri Lanka. In the triangular series against Sri Lanka Under-19s and Bangladesh Under-19s, Kohli was the second highest run-getter with 146 runs from 5 matches. In the two-match Test series that followed, he scored 244 runs at an average of 122 including a hundred and a fifty.
In February–March 2008, Kohli captained the victorious Indian team at the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup held in Malaysia. Batting at number 4, he scored 235 runs in 6 matches at an average of 47, and finished as the tournament's third highest run-getter and one of the three batsmen to score a hundred in the tournament. His century (100 runs from 74 balls) against the West Indies Under-19s in the group stage, which was called "the innings of the tournament" by ESPNcricinfo, gave India a 50-run victory and earned Kohli the man of the match. Kohli picked a leg injury during the match, but recovered in time to play the quarterfinal match against England Under-19s. He was instrumental in India's three-wicket semifinal win over New Zealand Under-19s in which he took 2/27 and scored 43 in the tense run-chase and was awarded the man of the match. He scored 19 against South Africa Under-19s in the final which India won by 12 runs (D/L method). He was also commended for making several tactical bowling changes during the tournament.
Following the Under-19 World Cup, Kohli was bought by the Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore for $30,000 on a youth contract. In June 2008, Kohli and his Under-19 teammates Pradeep Sangwan and Tanmay Srivastava were awarded the Border-Gavaskar scholarship. The scholarship allowed the three players to train for six weeks at Cricket Australia's Centre of Excellence in Brisbane. In July 2008, he was included in India's 30-man probable squad for the ICC Champions Trophy which was to be held in Pakistan in September 2008. He was also picked in the India Emerging Players squad for the four-team Emerging Players Tournament in Australia. He was in fine form in that tournament and scored 206 runs in six matches at an average of 41.20.
In August 2008, Kohli was included in the Indian ODI squad for tour of Sri Lanka and the Champions Trophy in Pakistan. Prior to the Sri Lankan tour, Kohli had played only eight List A matches, and his selection was called a "surprise call-up". However, the Champions Trophy was later postponed to 2009 and moved to South Africa. Kohli made his international debut in the first ODI of the Sri Lankan tour, when both first-choice openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were injured. Kohli opened the batting in that match with Gautam Gambhir, and was dismissed for 12. In a low-scoring second match of the series, Kohli made a crucial 37 which helped India win and level the series. He scored 35 in the third game, and his first ODI half century, a score of 54, in the fourth match which helped India win the series. He top-scored for India in the last match of the series with 31, but India were bowled out for 103 chasing 228. India won the series 3-2 which was India's first ODI series win against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.
Kohli was picked as a replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan in the India A squad for the unofficial Tests against Australia A in September 2008. He batted only once in the two-match series, and scored 49 in that innings. Later that month, he played for Delhi in the Nissar Trophy against SNGPL and top-scored for Delhi in both innings, with 52 and 197. The match was drawn but SNGPL won the trophy on first-innings lead. In October 2008, Kohli played for Indian Board President's XI in a four-day tour match against Australia. He made 105 and 16* in that match against a bowling lineup consisting of Brett Lee, Stuart Clark, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle and Jason Krejza. In December 2008, Kohli was given a Grade D contract in the annual BCCI contracts list which entitled him to receive Rs 15 lakh.
He was included in the squad for the home ODI series against England in November 2008 but was not given a chance to play, due to the inclusion of Tendulkar and Sehwag in team. Kohli was then dropped from the squad for the five-match ODI series in Sri Lanka against Sri Lanka in January 2009.
Kohli was picked in the four-team Emerging Players Tournament in July–August 2009 held in Australia. He opened the innings for India Emerging Players in that tournament and finished as the leading run-getter with 398 runs from seven matches at an average of 66.33. He scored 104 off 102 balls in the final against South Africa Emerging Players at Brisbane to help his team win the match by 17 runs and clinch the title. At the conclusion of the tournament, Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of the national selection committee, was impressed with Kohli and remarked "I must say, opener Virat Kohli was outstanding. Some of the shots he played spoke about his ability." Kohli has called this tournament as the turning point of his career.
Kohli was then picked as a replacement for the injured Gautam Gambhir in the Indian squad for the tri-series in Sri Lanka. Kohli was not selected in the playing eleven in the group stage, but was picked for the final against Sri Lanka ahead of Dinesh Karthik. However, he came in to bat at 7 and scored 2* as India registered a 46-run victory and took the series. Kohli batted at number 4 for India in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy because of the injury to Yuvraj Singh. He scored 16 in India's first match against Pakistan and did not bat in the second match which was called off. In the third game against the West Indies, he scored an unbeaten 79 in India's successful chase of 130 and won the man of the match award. Kohli played in the first ODI of the seven-match home ODI series against Australia, and scored 30 as India lost by four runs. Yuvraj regained fitness before the second match and took Kohli's place in the playing eleven. Kohli returned to the team for the fourth ODI, this time replacing the injured Gambhir at 3. He scored 10 as India were bowled out for 226 in pursuit of 251. Gambhir recovered from his injury and took back his place for the rest of the series.
In the absence of the injured Yuvraj, Kohli got a place in the home ODI series against Sri Lanka in December 2009. He batted at 7 in the first ODI at Rajkot and scored 27 off 19 balls which helped India post 414/7 in 50 overs and win by three runs. He batted at 4 in second match and made 54, putting up fifty-run partnerships with both Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, in a three-wicket defeat. Kohli made way for Yuvraj who regained fitness in the third ODI. However, Yuvraj's finger injury recurred leading to him being ruled out indefinitely. Kohli returned to the team in the fourth ODI at Kolkata and scored his first ODI century–107 off 111 balls–sharing a 224-run partnership for the third wicket with Gambhir who made his personal best score of 150. India won by seven wickets to seal the series 3–1. The last match at Delhi was called off after the pitch was deemed dangerous.
Senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar was rested for the tri-nation ODI tournament in Bangladesh in January 2010 which enabled Kohli to play in each of India's five matches. After making nine in the opening loss to Sri Lanka, he scored 91 to help secure a win after India collapsed to 51/3 early in their run-chase of 297 against Bangladesh on 7 January 2010. In the next match against Sri Lanka, Kohli ended unbeaten on 71 to help India win the match with a bonus point after they chased down their target of 214 in the 33rd over. The next day, he scored his second ODI century, against Bangladesh, bringing up the mark with the winning runs. He became only the third Indian batsman to score two ODI centuries before their 22nd birthday, after Tendulkar and Suresh Raina. Kohli was much praised for his performances during the series especially by the Indian captain Dhoni. However, in the final against Sri Lanka, Kohli made only two runs as India collapsed to 5/60 and an eventual four-wicket defeat. Kohli finished as the leading run-getter of the series with 275 runs from five innings at an average of 91.66. In the three-match ODI series at home against South Africa in February, Kohli batted in two games and had scores of 31 and 57.
Raina was named captain and Kohli vice-captain for the tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe in May–June 2010, as many first-choice players skipped the tour. After being dismissed for a duck in the first match against Zimbabwe which India lost, Kohli scored 82 in the next match against Sri Lanka, putting up a 154-run partnership with Rohit Sharma, which helped India win by seven wickets. India conceded a bonus-point defeat to Zimbabwe in their next match in which Kohli scored 18. He top-scored with 68 in the last group fixture against Sri Lanka, but India lost the match by six wickets and crashed out of the series. During the series, he became the fastest Indian batsman to reach 1,000 runs in ODI cricket. Kohli was also part of the Indian squad for the T20I series against Zimbabwe that followed the tri-series. He made his T20I debut in the first match at Harare where India were reduced to 48/4 in the eighth over, chasing 112. Kohli scored an unbeaten 26 and put on an unbeaten 64-run fifth-wicket partnership with Yusuf Pathan to guide India to their first win over Zimbabwe in the tour. He did not bat in the second match of the series which India won to complete a 2–0 sweep. Later that same month, the rested seniors players returned to the squad for the 2010 Asia Cup with Dhoni as captain and Sehwag vice-captain. Kohli batted at 3 throughout the tournament and scored a total of 67 runs at an average of 16.75. His struggles with form continued in the tri-series against Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Sri Lanka in August 2010 with scores of 0, 8 and 37.
Despite a poor run of form, Kohli was retained in the ODI squad for the three-match series against Australia in October. The first and third matches of the series were washed out and in the second match at Visakhapatnam, Kohli scored his second ODI century–118 off 121 balls–which helped India chase down the target of 290 after losing the openers early. He won the man of the match and admitted that he was under pressure to keep his place in the team after failures in the two previous series. In November–December that year, New Zealand toured India for three Tests and five ODIs and the selectors decided to rest some of the regular players for the ODI series. Gambhir was named captain of the team and Kohli maintained his place. In the first ODI at Guwahati, Kohli scored a 104-ball 105, his third ODI hundred and second in succession, in a 40-run victory and was awarded man of the match. In the second and third ODIs, he made 64 and 63* respectively, sharing 100-plus partnerships with Gambhir in both matches chasing. However, he had scores of 0 and 2 in the last two matches, while India completed a 5–0 whitewash of New Zealand. His performance in the series helped him become a regular in the ODI team as well as make him a strong contender for a spot in India's World Cup squad. He was India's leading run-scorer in ODIs in 2010, with 995 runs from 25 matches at an average of 47.38 with three centuries.
Kohli played in the one-match T20I series and all five ODIs of the South African tour in January 2011. India won the T20I in which he scored 28, but lost the ODI series 2–3. In the ODI series he finished as India's leading run-getter with 193 runs at an average of 48.25 including two fifties, both in Indian defeats. During the ODI series, India announced their 15-man squad for the World Cup in which Kohli was also named. Kohli also reached the number two spot on the ICC Rankings for ODI batsmen during the series.
The inclusion of both Kohli and Raina in the World Cup squad resulted in speculations about which of the two batsmen will make it to the playing eleven. Days before India's first match of the tournament, Indian captain Dhoni indicated that Kohli is likely to be preferred, saying "Right now it is a matter of deciding slots; it's the No. 4 slot where Virat Kohli needs to bat with Gautam [Gambhir] at No. 3, because to perform to his potential Virat needs to bat up the order. Raina has done well for us batting at No. 5 and No. 6, still there's a bit of a chance that Virat may get an edge over Raina seeing the current form that he [Kohli] is in." Kohli played in every match of India's successful World Cup campaign. He scored an unbeaten 100, his fifth ODI century, in the first match against Bangladesh and became the first Indian batsman to score a century on World Cup debut. He struggled in the next four group matches with scores of 8, 34, 12 and 1 against England, Ireland, Netherlands and South Africa respectively. He returned to form against West Indies scoring 59 and sharing a 122-run third-wicket partnership with Yuvraj Singh. Against Australia in the quarterfinals, he scored 24, and was dismissed for 9 in the semifinal against Pakistan. India won both matches and progressed to the finals against Sri Lanka at Mumbai. In the final, he scored 35 and shared a 83-run partnership with Gambhir for the third wicket after India had lost both openers within the seventh over chasing 275. India went on to win the match by six wickets and lift the World Cup for the first time since 1983.
When India toured the West Indies in June–July 2011, they chose a largely inexperienced squad, resting Tendulkar and others such as Gambhir and Sehwag missing out due to injuries. Kohli was one of three uncapped players in the Test squad. India won the one-off T20I and the five-match ODI series 3–2. Kohli found success in the ODI series with a total of 199 runs at an average of 39.80. His best efforts came in the second ODI at Port of Spain where he won the man of the match for his score of 81 which gave India a seven-wicket victory, and the fifth ODI at Kingston where his innings of 94 came in a seven-wicket defeat. Kohli made his Test debut at Kingston in the first match of the Test series that followed. He batted at 5 and was dismissed for 4 & 15 caught behind by Fidel Edwards in both innings. India went on to win the Test series 1–0 but Kohli struggled throughout the series amassing just 76 runs from five innings. He struggled against the short ball and was particularly troubled by the fast bowling of Edwards, who dismissed him three times in the series.
When India toured the West Indies in June and July 2011, they chose a largely inexperienced squad, resting Tendulkar and others such as Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag missing out due to injuries. Kohli was one of three uncapped players in the Test squad. India won the Test series 1–0 but Kohli struggled on his debut in the format; he struggled with the short ball amassing just 76 runs from five innings. Particularly troublesome for Kohli was the fast bowling of Fidel Edwards, who dismissed him three times in the series.
Initially dropped from the Test squad for India's four-match series against England in July and August, Kohli was recalled as cover for the injured Yuvraj Singh, though did not play in the series. He played in the subsequent ODI series, scoring 194 runs from five innings including a century, although India lost the series 3–0. In October, England faced India in a return ODI series in India. India won 5–0 and Kohli was the highest run-scorer on either side with 270 across five matches and a highest score of 112 not out.
In November–December 2011, the West Indies toured India for three Tests and five ODIs. Following his ODI success against England the previous month, Kohli was included in the Test squad ahead of Raina. In competition with Yuvraj Singh for the number six position, it was not until the final match of the series that Kohli was selected in the team. The match ended in a draw, and having won the first two Tests, India took the series 2–0; Kohli scored a pair of fifties in the match, passing his previous highest score of 30. India won the subsequent ODI series 4–1 and Kohli managed 243 runs at an average of 60.75 with a highest score of 117.
Kohli was included in India's squad for the tour of Australia in December 2011. After the first Test at Melbourne, he felt his position in the team was in jeopardy, and during the second Test at Sydney, Kohli was fined half of his match fee for swearing at fans at the Sydney Cricket Ground who were insulting him. In an interview after the incident, he remarked "Scoring eight hundreds in one-day internationals can't be a fluke. It's international cricket as well. I don't know why people have been questioning my technique or temperament so much. ... All of this is a learning curve for me. I am playing on difficult wickets, in Australia." Kohli top scored in each of India's innings in the third Test at Perth, with 44 and 75, and in the fourth and final match at Adelaide, Kohli scored his maiden Test century of 116 runs in the first innings; it was the only century scored by an Indian in the series. India lost the series 4–0 and Kohli was the top scorer for India in the same series.
India remained in Australia for the triangular ODI series, that followed the Tests; it was contested by Australia, Sri Lanka and India. Kohli was India's leading run-scorer in the series scoring 373 runs with two half centuries and a century – again, the only century scored by an Indian in the series. Though India did not progress to the final, the victory against Sri Lanka in India's last match kept them in contention until the final fixture of the group stage. Chasing 321 to win, Kohli came to the crease with India's score at 86/2 and went on to score 133 not out from 86 balls to take India to a comfortable win with 13 overs to spare. He was named Man of the Match for his effort, which included scoring 24 runs from an over by Lasith Malinga.
He was named vice-captain of the ODI team for the 2012 Asia Cup in March. He scored 183 off 148 balls against Pakistan in the fifth match of Asia Cup 2012, recording the joint-fourth highest score by an Indian in ODIs. Coming in at 0/1, he struck 22 fours and a six to take India to a record chase of 330. This is his highest score in ODIs and the highest individual score in the Asia Cup. Kohli's innings is the highest individual innings for a batsman against Pakistan in a ODI surpassing previous record by Brian Lara (156).
Kohli made 212 runs in the two Test matches including a century and two half-centuries at an average of 106. In the second Test at Bangalore, Kohli scored his second Test century. He made 103 runs with 14 boundaries and one six in the first innings. In the second innings, he made 51* runs and was awarded Man of the Match.
Kohli was included in the 15-man squad for the tournament. He played in the warm-up match against Sri Lanka and scored 144 runs off 120 balls at a strike rate of 120 and led India to victory.
Dhoni was injured in the first ODI of the triangular series so Kohli led the team in the rest of the ODIs. This was the first time Kohli became captain of the Indian Cricket Team.
Dhoni and other senior players were rested during Indian tour of Zimbabwe, so Kohli was given the honour to lead the team. India won the series 5–0. As captain of the team for a full series for the first time, Kohli scored 197 runs in five ODIs.
He smashed the fastest ODI century by an Indian and the seventh fastest ever against Australia at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in October, 2013. Kohli's century off 52 deliveries was the quickest by an India batsman – beating Virender Sehwag's hundred off 60 balls against New Zealand in Hamilton and the seventh fastest in ODIs.
Kohli's hundred was also recorded as the fastest against Australia in ODIs, beating Craig McMillan's 67-ball ton in Hamilton in 2007. It was the third fastest hundred in a chase, after Shahid Afridi's 45-ball century against India at Green Park in 2005 and Kevin O'Brien's 50-ball hundred against England in M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in the 2011 World Cup. Kohli's 61-ball hundred at Nagpur against was India's third-fastest in ODIs. He came close to bettering Virender Sehwag's 60-ball hundred for the second time in 15 days. In the second match of this series, Kohli had broken India's record for the fastest-hundred in ODIs, which was previously held by Sehwag. Kohli had taken 112 innings to hit 17 hundreds in ODIs, 58 fewer than Sourav Ganguly who was the fastest to 17 ODI hundreds before him. Saeed Anwar, the next quickest batsman to 17 ODI hundreds, took 177 innings.
Kohli scored his 11th hundred in chases and moved to second place, with Chris Gayle, in the list of batsmen with most centuries in chases. Sachin Tendulkar heads the list with 17 hundreds in chases. 13 of Kohli's 14 hundreds in chases have resulted in wins. Only Tendulkar, with 14 hundreds in successful chases has a better record. Five of these hundreds for Kohli had came in chasing targets of 300 or more. Kohli is the first batsman to make five successive scores of 50 or more in ODIs on two separate occasions. In his last five innings, he has scores of 68 not out, 61, 100 not out, 68 and 115 not out. Between February 28 and July 21, 2012, he had scored four centuries and a 66 in five consecutive innings.
Kohli scored 119 against South Africa was his fifth hundred in Tests and his highest score. Two of five tons came in away matches. Kohli had hit six centuries in international cricket equaling AB de Villiers and Shikhar Dhawan for the most by any batsman in 2013. Kohli batted fluently in India's second innings to score his sixth hundred and save India the Test against New Zealand at Basin Reserve. This was his first Test century in the second innings.
Kohli scored 136 was his 12th hundred in successful chases in ODIs. The only batsman to score more centuries in successful chases is Sachin Tendulkar who had 14 such centuries. Out of 22 ODI hundreds, Kohli had scored 14 those come while chasing again only Tendulkar's 17 tons in chases are more than Kohli's. Kohli was playing his 124th ODI innings had taken 55 innings fewer than Chris Gayle, the previous batsman fastest to 19 ODI centuries.
Kohli scored his fifth ODI hundred in Bangladesh and his third against them. Kohli had scored 506 runs at 126.50 from six innings against the hosts. His five hundreds are the most by a batsman in ODIs in Bangladesh.
Kohli was handed the test captaincy on a temporary basis when Dhoni was injured and India had to tour Australia for the Border–Gavaskar Trophy, Carlton Mid Triangular Series and the 2015 Cricket World Cup. He captained the Indian team in the first test which India lost.
The next two matches were captained by Dhoni out of which one was drawn and the other India lost. Consequently, Dhoni's test captaincy was doubted and the critics opposed him. Dhoni resigned from Tests thereafter and Kohli was given permanent status of a test captain. The fourth and the last match of the same series was drawn.
|Kohli's record in Twenty20 matches|
Kohli played for Royal Challengers Bangalore at the 2008 Indian Premier League. He was bought for $30,000 before the first season in 2008.He scored 165 runs in 13 innings at an average of 15 and took 2 wickets with his bowls.He scored a total of four 6's and an 18 4's in that season.His highest score was 38.He had an average 15.00
He scored 246 runs in 16 innings with an average of 22.36 and took 9 catches and effected 2 run outs.He scored a total of eight 6's and twenty-two 4's .His highest score was a 50
In the third season, he scored 307 runs, including two half centuries, in 16 innings at an average of 27.90. In the fourth season of the IPL, he was the only player that Royal Challengers Bangalore retained, preferred over the likes of Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis and Ross Taylor.His highest score was 58.He scored a total of twenty-six 4's and 12 6's.
He scored 557 runs with an average of 46.61.He took two wickets that season.His highest score was 71.He scored a total of 55 4's and 16 6's. His highest score was 71 . He had 4 half centuries that season.He was top run scorer behind Chris Gayle.
The 2012 Indian Premier League followed in April and May and Kohli scored 364 runs fron 16 matches, with two half-centuries. He scored 33 4's and 10 6's.His highest score was 73 not out.His average was 28.00
He was named the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team for the sixth season. He led his team to fifth position in the league table. He scored 634 runs at an average of 45.28. He hit sixty-four 4's and 22 6's.
Kohli is a naturally aggressive batsman with strong technical skills. He usually bats in the middle-order, but, on many occasions, has opened the innings as well. He bats with a slightly open-chested stance and is said to have quick footwork. He is known for his wide range of shots, ability to pace an innings and batting under pressure. He is strong through the mid-wicket and cover region. He is regarded as one of the best limited-overs batsmen in the world, especially while chasing. His teammates have praised his confidence, commitment, focus and work ethics. Former India coach Gary Kirsten, who worked with the Indian team during Kohli's early years in international cricket, called him a "rare talent".
Kohli is often compared to Sachin Tendulkar, due to their similar style of batting, and many former cricketers expect Kohli to break Tendulkar's batting records. Former West Indies great Vivian Richards, who is regarded as the most destructive batsman in cricket, stated that Kohli reminds him of himself. Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe once wrote in a column for ESPNcricinfo that Kohli "exudes the intensity of Rahul Dravid, the audacity of Virender Sehwag, and the extraordinary range of Sachin".
In the absence of regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kohli first captained India against Sri Lanka in India's second match of the tri-nation series in West Indies on 2 July 2013. He also captained the team in two more matches in the series before Dhoni returned for the final. Kohli was given captaincy for the whole of India's tour of Zimbabwe in 2013 which the team won 5-0. He also captained India at the Asia Cup during February–March 2013, but failed to reach the finals. Following this, he captained the Indian team to a 5-0 victory against Sri Lanka in the latter's tour to India in November 2014.
Kohli captained the Indian Test team in the first Test match against Australia in Adelaide from December 9–13, 2014, following an injury to the regular captain Dhoni. Following Dhoni's retirement from Test cricket after the third Test of the series in Brisbane, BCCI declared that Kohli will lead the Test team for the fourth Test of the series in Sydney.
|New Zealand||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore||31 August – 3 September 2012||1st Innings: 103 (193 balls: 14x4 1x6)
2nd Innings: 51 (82 balls: 9x4)
|South Africa||New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg||18–22 December 2013||1st Innings: 119 (181 balls: 18x4)
2nd Innings: 96 (193 balls: 9x4)
|West Indies||Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg||30 September 2009||79* (104 balls: 9x4, 2x6)||Won|||
|Bangladesh||Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka||11 January 2010||102* (95 balls: 11x4); 1 Catch||Won|||
|Australia||APCA-VDCA Stadium, Vishakapatnam||20 October 2010||118 (121 balls: 11x4, 1x6)||Won|||
|New Zealand||Nehru Stadium, Guwahati, Guwahati||28 November 2010||105 (104 balls: 10x4)||Won|||
|West Indies||Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain||8 June 2011||81 (103 balls: 6x4, 1x6)||Won|||
|England||Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi||17 October 2011||112* (98 balls: 16x4); 5–0–18–0; 2 Catches||Won|||
|West Indies||APCA-VDCA Stadium, Vishakapatnam||2 December 2011||117 (123 balls: 14x4)||Won|||
|Sri Lanka||Bellerive Oval, Hobart||28 February 2012||133* (86 balls: 16x4 2x6)||Won|||
|Sri Lanka||Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka||13 March 2012||108 (120 balls: 7x4); 2 Catches||Won|||
|Pakistan||Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka||18 March 2012||183 (148 balls: 22x4 1x6); 2 Catches||Won|||
|Sri Lanka||Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium, Hambantota||21 July 2012||106 (113 balls: 9x4); 1 Catch||Won|||
|Sri Lanka||R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo||31 July 2012||128* (119 balls: 12x4 1x6); 2–0–7–0; 1 Catch||Won|||
|England||JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi||19 January 2013||77* (79 balls: 9x4 2x6);||Won|||
|West Indies||Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain||5 July 2013||102 (83 balls: 13x4, 2x6)||Won|||
|Zimbabwe||Harare Sports Club, Harare||24 July 2013||115 (108 balls: 13x4, 1x6)||Won|||
|Australia||Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur||30 October 2013||115* (66 balls: 18x4, 1x6); 2–0–15–0; 2 Catches||Won|||
|West Indies||Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Kochi||21 November 2013||86 (84 balls: 9x4, 2x6)||Won|||
|Bangladesh||Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah||26 February 2014||136 (122 balls: 16x4, 2x6)||Won|||
|West Indies||Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala||17 October 2014||127 (114 balls)||Won|||
|Pakistan||Adelaide Oval, Adelaide||15 February 2015||107 (126 balls)||Won|||
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