“If I would have been there, we would have won this match” a constant statement by the hero of this story.
Today we are going to talk about a young mind who was inspired by Sachin Tendulkar and always had a thought of changing the fortune of Indian cricket.
Yes, we are talking about our Cricket team caption, none other than Virat Kohli!
Born and bought up in west Delhi, Virat Kohli has a very fascinating and inspirational life story.
According to his family, Virat used to swing his bat and ask his father to bowl when he was only 3 years of age.
He started his formal education at Vishal Bharti Public School. He has always been a bright student in academics but his interests were more inclined towards cricket.
Seeing his interests in cricket. At the age of 9 years, his father made him join West Delhi Cricket Academy and always supported his game.
The domestic cricket journey began when Kohli played for Delhi under 15 in October 2002, he was highest run-scorer and became caption of Delhi under 15 in the year 2003.
He played, experienced and learned more!
In the year 2006, he was selected to play for India’s Under 19, a tour of England, and India won both the series.
In the same year, Kohli made his first-class debut for Delhi against Tamil Nadu and scored 10 in his debut innings.
However, he came under spotlight light on December 18, 2006. The day when his father died, he had a match against Karnataka and scored 90.
Yes, this is the reason that his jersey number is 18!
In April 2007 he made his twenty-twenty debut in interstate T20 championship and finished the game being the highest run-scorer of the team.
Every year challenged Virat in a different way and every challenge made him stronger.
In August 2008 under the captaincy of Virat Kohli India won the Under-19 world cup, and later that year Kohli got an opportunity to play for India in an ODI series against Sri Lanka.
In June 2010 in tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, Kohli was nominated as the vice-captain.
However, we lost the series but series made Kohli reach 1000 runs in ODI cricket. Making him among top young cricketers to reach this score.
Year by year the game became stronger and Virat became veteran!
WorldCup was a debut for Virat in the year 2011 and he scored century marking it as another memorable event.
Other than that Kohli also scored 59 against West Indies, and in the finals when almost all the players turned out. Gautam Gambhir and Virat contributed with good scores to the match.
Not only for cricket lovers but Virat is a motivation to fitness enthusiasts too. Virat is one of the fittest players of the Indian cricket team.
He started his fitness training in the year 2012 with Shankar Basu.
The cricket journey so far was going in his favor. However, a purple patch came to his career in the year 2014 when he was playing for test series against England.
In that series, he could hardly make up to 50 scores and that made him go training for few days under Sachin Tendulkar.
And well this time again, he managed to come back being sturdy and unstoppable!
In the year 2015, he played in ICC World Cup and India ranked among top 2, in 2016 he became the man of the tournament in ICC Twenty-Twenty.
In 2017 he became ICC cricketer of the year and appointed as ODI captain.
In the same year, Virat Kohli got married to Anushka Sharma on December 11. The wedding was confined to only family members.
At the age of 30, he was honored with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award being the third cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar and M.S. Dhoni.
Since then his life in the cricket world is moving tremendously good and we all are looking for more special years to come.
No doubt! everything that Virat did, every game he played, all his fans were always around him and supporting him.
There are many more events and incidences that made Virat, and as it is rightly said: “Work hard in silence, let success make noise”.
We might not be aware of all the hard work and challenges but all we know today is “he is our star”.
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