Virat Kohli is not just a cricketer but instead an emotion for cricket fans, particularly Indians. He is their heartbeat, the oxygen to their life of cricket. Virat Kohli has lot’s of nicknames. They call him chase master, they call him King Kohli, they call him modern master but the nickname which suits him the most is Virat run machine Kohli and he has been really unstoppable too.
Exactly 29 years ago, a legend was born. However, nothing comes without struggle and sacrifices. Kohli was youngest of his siblings and thus had the least expectations. He never took a shortcut in his life from the earlier stage. His inspiration was obviously his father, who pushed him to do well on his own and not to take any shortcut even when he was down. He proved himself a leader and a great batsman from the U-19 world cup in 2008 where he won the cup for India. Soon, he made his international debut and struggled his way out to his first international century in Kolkata. That century was the break of his career where he pulled off an unbelievable chase with Gautam Gambhir. After that, he never looked back, especially in run chases.
The knock of 35 in the WC 2011 wasn’t massive but important in context of the game where he piled off a 81 runs partnership again with Gambhir. His statement regarding Sachin Tendulkar after winning the WC was something which earned the respect of Indians.
“He has taken the burden of the country for 22 years, It’s time we carry him off on our shoulders” – Virat on Sachin, after winning the 2011 WC.
2011 was the year, when Kohli started his test career against West Indies although it wasn’t as smooth as his ODI career but finally, in Adelaide against Australia, he got his break in test cricket too where he smashed a fine maiden test 100. Then came the famous triangular series in Australia and Asia cup in Bangladesh where two of his most famous knocks of ODI cricket came, where the world saw the real chase master. His 133* off 86 in Hobart against Srilanka and 183 against Pakistan in Mirpur were two of his best innings in ODIs. His cricketing career was as smooth as roads in Virginia when he smashed fastest ODI 100 for India in Jaipur against Australia.
The only lean phase in his career came in England where he badly struggled to play moving red balls but that’s part and parcel for a sportsman. He soon silenced his critics as he always does in Australia when he smashed 4 centuries in 4 tests. But, he couldn’t convert his test form into ODI form in next year apart from a century against Pakistan in Adelaide and a 100 against SA in Chennai later that year. 2015 was the only year when he struggled a bit in blue clothes but after that, he has been an unstoppable force in all three formats.
2016 was the year which added a whole lot of dimensions to Virat Kohli’s career. Man of the tournament in WT20 2016 and a deserving one in Asia cup 2016 where he single handedly performed for India in both the tournaments. He wasn’t considered to be a great test batsman but he smashed 4 double centuries in blink of the eye even in that format. In ODI and T20 cricket, he was always a force to reckon with and the performance in 2017 has only taken him to become a GOAT (Greatest of all time). 32 ODI centuries, 17 test centuries and 4 test double centuries at the age of 29 is something unrealistic to eyes but only Virat genius Kohli has made that possible.
Although, he keeps making or breaking records in every game he plays but still let’s see some of his records, you need to broaden your eyes to read them!
Fastest to 8000 and 9000 ODI runs
Fastest to 27+ ODI Centuries
4 test double hundreds in 1 season
2 Man of the tournament awards in WT20
Fastest ODI hundred for India
Only second batsman to score 1000 ODI runs in a calender year for four consecutive years
Fastest to 1000 T20I runs
ICC ODI player of the year award in 2012
Arjuna Award holder
And the list keeps getting bigger and bigger and it’s impossible to put them in one article!
Some famous quotes on Virat Kohli
As Of Now, Virat Kohli Is Gratest Batsman Of The World. – Saurav Ganguly
I Have Watched Sachin But And I Must Say He ( Kohli ) Seems To Have The Ability To Bat Like Him – Lan Healy
I Love Watching Virat Kohli Bat. I Love His Aggrission And Serious Passion That I Used To Have. He Reminds Me Of Myself – Viv Richards
If I Have To Pick The Best Batsman In The World Cricket Right Now, Only Two Names Come To My Mind. One Is Ab De Villiers And Other Virat Kohli – Nasir Hussain
To Became A Good Player, You Need Talent. To Became A Great Player You Need An Attitude Like Kohli – Sunil Gavaskar
Virat Kohli Is The Prince Of Indian Cricket – Lan Chappell
Watching Kohli Bat, Raminds Me Of Tendulkar – Michael Clarke
“He is just an unbelievable batsman! No need to say anymore” -Brian Lara
Virat Kohli is the best shorter version batsman that I have ever seen. He’s been an absolute genius” – Kumar Sangakkara
From being a classy, wristy, strong on the pads players, to become one of the finest off side players, the batsman with most delightful cover drive, King Kohli has come a long way. Of all his fabulous achievements, I envy his diet control the most which helped him being the fittest and finest player of the world at the moment. In all formats, this man reigns supreme and we wish him to be the same throughout his career. Happy Birthday King Kohli, we love you, we live you, we breathe you. Keep making us proud. God bless you.
Here is Adelaide Oval wishing Virat happy Birthday.