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In Numbers | Virat Kohli Finest India Batsman Across Formats, Made Debut 12 Years Ago

In Numbers | Virat Kohli Finest India Batsman Across Formats, Made Debut 12 Years Ago

18th August is the day when superstar of Indian batting, Virat Kohli stepped into the world of international cricket. It's been 12 years and Kohli is Team India's skipper, and the best batsman in the world. In between that, he has scored 70 tons and 104 half-centuries, the most in the world. Apart from that, he has become India's most successful Test skipper ever -- with 33 wins in 55 matches.

18th August is the day when superstar of Indian batting, Virat Kohli stepped into the world of international cricket. It's been 12 years and Kohli is Team India's skipper, and the best batsman in the world. In between that, he has scored 70 tons and 104 half-centuries, the most in the world. Apart from that, he has become India's most successful Test skipper ever -- with 33 wins in 55 matches.

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The 31-year-old scored his first ton in 2009, against Sri Lanka -- 107 off 111 deliveries at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Come 2010, he scored two more tons, and became only the third Indian batsman to score two or more ODI centuries before their 22nd birthday, after Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina.

In the World T20 2014, he emerged as the Player of the Tournament with 319 runs at a staggering average of 106.33. This is also a record for most runs by an individual batsman in a single World Twenty20 tournament.

Not only that, the following year, during South Africa's tour of India, Kohli became the fastest batsman in the world to make 1,000 runs in T20I cricket, reaching the milestone in his 27th innings. Then in 2016, Kohli was named as captain of the 'Team of the Tournament' for the 2016 World Twenty20 by the ICC.

Speaking about Tests, it wasn't the best of starts in the longest format for Kohli, but he adapted well and went on to score six double tons in a span of three years. He scored 200 in the first Test at Antigua vs West Indies - first made away from home by an Indian captain in Tests.

He scored another double hundred – 211 at Indore in the third Test against New Zealand. India went top of ICC Test Rankings. Kohli got double centuries in the next two Test series against England and Bangladesh, making him the first batsman ever to score double centuries in four consecutive series.

While excelling in Tests, he continued his dominance in ODIs. In the 2017 Champions Trophy semi-final against Bangladesh, Kohli scored 96*, thus becoming the fastest batsman, in terms of innings, to reach 8,000 runs in ODIs in 175 innings.

He aas also named as part of the 'Team of the Tournament' at the 2017 Champions Trophy by the ICC. He ended the year with 2818 international runs, which is recorded as the third-highest tally ever in a calendar year and the highest tally ever by an Indian player. The ICC named Kohli as captain of both their World Test XI and ODI XI for 2017.

In the year 2018, Kohli broke the record for the highest runs scored in a bilateral ODI series. This included three centuries, remaining unbeaten in two with a best of 160*. India won the ODI series 5–1 against South Africa. Not only that, Kohli became the first Indian captain to win an ODI series in South Africa.

During ODI series against West Indies the same year, Kohli became the 12th batsman and fastest player to score 10,000 ODI runs. On 27 October, after scoring his 38th ODI century, Kohli became the first batsman from India, first captain and tenth overall, to score three successive centuries in ODIs.

Then in 2019, he broke another record, that of becoming fastest batsman to 11,000 runs. In a World Cup match against Pakistan, his 222nd innings, he reached the landmark. Same year against Bangladesh, Kohli became the fastest captain to score 5,000 runs in Test cricket, doing so in his 86th innings.

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Though much cricket hasn't been played in 2020, but Kohli's stocks continue to rise. He was ranked 66th in Forbes list of the top 100 highest paid athletes in the world for the year with estimated earnings of $26 million. He is the only cricketer to feature in Forbes.



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