30 Interesting Facts About Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (born 5 November 1988) is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the India national team. A right-handed top-order batsman, Kohli is regarded as one of the best contemporary batsmen in the world. He plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has been the team’s captain since 2013. Since October 2017, he has been the top-ranked ODI batsman in the world and is currently 2nd in Test rankings with 886 points. Among Indian batsmen, Kohli has the best ever Test rating (937 points), ODI rating (911 points), and T20I rating (897 points). Today we will talk about some unknown and interesting facts about Virat Kohli. So let’s know about the interesting facts related to “Virat Kohli” and his life.
FACT#1. Virat Kohli was born on 5 November 1988 in Delhi to Prem Kohli and Saroj Kohli’s home. His brother’s name is Vikas, sister’s name Bhavna and his wife’s name is Anushka Sharma. Kohli’s childhood was spent in the Uttam Nagar area of Delhi and he studied at Vishal Bharti Public School.
FACT#2. Virat is also often called ‘Chiku’. This nickname has been given to Virat by his coach Ajeet Chaudhary.
FACT#3. Virat Kohli started his cricket career in 1998 by joining the West Delhi Cricket Association. He was selected in under-19 cricket in July 2006 and in November 2006 he played his first Ranji match against Tamil Nadu for Delhi.
FACT#4. Virat Kohli’s story is very famous that his father Prem Kohli died on 18 December 2006 and the next day Virat played brilliant innings of 90 runs against Karnataka.
FACT#5. In the 2008 Under-19 World Cup, Virat Kohli captained the Indian team and also won the World Cup in a great way. Ravindra Jadeja was also in his team at that time.
FACT#6. When Kohli was the first bid in the IPL of 2008, Bangalore bought him for around Rs 12 lakh. While in the coming 2018, their rate in the IPL was Rs 17 crore. Meaning, 141 times more in just 10 years.
FACT#7. Virat Kohli played the first international ODI of his career in 2008 against Sri Lanka and the first T20 match against Zimbabwe in 2010 and the first Test match in 2011 against West Indies.
FACT#8. Virat Kohli first met Anushka Sharma in 2013 during an ad shoot for a shampoo. After that, Virat started dating Anushka and during a match, Virat Kohli gave a flying kiss publicly to Anushka Sharma sitting in the stadium. The two got married on 11 December 2017 in Italy.
FACT#9. In an interview, Virat said that his most favorite sport after cricket is football. He also said that he will use football as one of his businesses after retiring from cricket. This proved true when Virat bought the team in the Indian Super League of Football in 2014.
FACT#10. In 2017, Forbes magazine named Virat Kohli as India’s most valuable celebrity brand. In 2018, Forbes magazine ranked Virat 83rd in the list of top-100 highest-grossing players. He is the only Indian player to get a place on this list.
FACT#11. Virat Kohli gets Rs 3 lakh in every match of writing MRF on his bat.
FACT#12. In March 2013, Virat Kohli started a charity called the Virat Kohli Foundation. This charity works for poor children and their education.
FACT#13. Virat Kohli was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest honor in 2013 and the Arjuna Award in 2013 itself. And in 2018, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s biggest sports award, was also awarded.
FACT#14. Virat Kohli holds the record for the youngest ODI Player of the Year award. In 2012, he was given this award at the age of 22.
FACT#15. Virat Kohli is the fastest Indian to score a century in ODIs. He did this feat against Australia in 52 balls.
FACT#16. Virat Kohli is the first player from India and second in the world to score the fastest 10 centuries in ODIs.
FACT#17. Virat Kohli is the only Indian player to score a century in the first match of the World Cup. He set this record against Bangladesh in the 2011 World Cup.
FACT#18. Virat also holds the record for scoring the most runs against Pakistan in an inning. In the 2012 Asia Cup, Virat Kohli scored 183 runs against Pakistan. Earlier this record was in the name of Brian Lara, who scored 156 against Pakistan.
FACT#19. After Virat Kohli’s inclusion in the ODI team, India has chased a score of more than 300 runs 5 times, and in 4 of these matches, Kohli has scored a century.
FACT#20. The record for the fastest 50 centuries in international cricket is named after two players, Hashim Amla and Virat Kohli. Both of them made this record 348 matches of the game.
FACT#21. Virat Kohli also holds the record for scoring the most runs in any one-day series, he did this by scoring 558 runs against South Africa in 2018.
FACT#22. Virat Kohli is fond of tattoos. He has got tattoos done four times. He loves samurai warrior tattoos the most.
FACT#23. Kohli is also known for his fashion sense. His name is among the 10 best-dressed men. The name of US President Barack Obama is also included in this list.
FACT#24. Virat Kohli used to like Karisma Kapoor at an early age.
FACT#25. Virat Kohli was the only member of Team India who attended the funeral of Phil Hughes.
FACT#26. When Virat was 9 years old, he got his name enrolled in the West Delhi Cricket Academy. Here he got training from Rajkumar Sharma
FACT#27. Virat is the first player to score a century hat-trick in 3 consecutive Test innings while captaining him.
FACT#28. Virat has set a target of scoring the fastest 1,000, 3,000, 5,000 ODIs.
FACT#29. Kohli, who has been blown away by bowlers like Malinga, Dale Steyn, and Mitchell Johnson, says he is most afraid of Wasim Akram. If Akram had bowled today, he could have upset me.
FACT#30. Virat Kohli is a big fan of Sachin but he gives most respect to “AB de Villiers”.
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