Virat Kohli is the captain of India in all three formats of the game and arguably the world’s best cricketer.
He is a run-making machine that has his eye on all of India‘s batting records.
Fresh off the heels of the great Sachin Tendulkar, Kohli’s emergence as a batting great has continued a rich Indian tradition of magicians with the willow.
Since taking the captaincy from MS Dhoni, Kohli has been in sublime form for the last couple of years and helped India win games of cricket with great consistency.
The right-handed batsman is numero uno in limited-overs cricket in terms of batting for the past five years and miles ahead of contemporaries like England’s Joe Root and Australia’s Steven Smith.
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Latest odds for Virat Kohli
Online bookmaker 5Dimes is running a number of markets on Virat Kohli for India’s upcoming Test match in Australia:
Man of the match – +700
Top India batsman – +250
To score 50 – +100
To score 100 – +350
About Virat Kohli
|Age:||29 (DOB: November 5, 1988)|
Virat Kohli was born in Delhi in 1988 and joined West Delhi Cricket Academy in 1998 to pursue his dream of becoming a professional cricketer. He played for U-15 Delhi side in 2002-3 Polly Umrigar Trophy and finished the competition as the leading run-scorer for the side.
In 2006, Kohli was selected for India U-19 tour to England and made a big impact with the bat. He finished the tour on a high and went on to make his first-class debut for Delhi against Tamil Nadu in October 2016. He was included in India’s ODI squad against England in 2008 but did not play any games. He went back to the domestic circuit and scored a lot of runs to see him make a comeback into India’s one-day side for home series against Sri Lanka in 2009. He went on to make his maiden century in that same series and cemented his place in the side.
In 2011, Kohli achieved a career high in limited-overs runs, produced 1,381 runs in 34 games with four centuries to his name.
The 29-year old has scored over 9,000 runs in limited overs cricket with 35 centuries in 208 games. In Tests, he has not been far behind with over 5,000 runs and 21 centuries at an average of 53.40.
Virat Kohli career statistics
|Best bowling figures:||–||1/15 vs. Sth Africa (2013)||1/13 vs. England (2009)||2/25 vs CH (2011)|
|Highest score:||243 vs. Sri Lanka (2017)||183 vs. Pakistan (2012)||90* vs. Australia (2016)||113 vs. Kings XI (2016)|
Virat Kohli teams and franchises
In 2008, the IPL‘s Royal Challengers Bangalore took a chance on a young Virat Kohli, paying a small amount to place him in the team’s squad. After struggling in his first season, Kohli’s rise in T20 echoed his improvement in other formats and by 2011 he had become a star, scoring 557 runs in 16 games at an average of 46.41.
In 2013, he scored 634 runs in 16 games for Royal Challengers Bangalore at an average of 45.28. He broke all the batting records in 2016 Indian Premier League and scored 973 runs in 16 games at a staggering average of 91.55. Kohli scored four centuries in the competition to see Royal Challengers Bangalore play their second final in IPL history. Royal Challengers Bangalore did not clinch the crown, but the season belonged to Virat Kohli for his scintillating performances in the competition.
The following year turned out to be an all-time low for Virat Kohli as Royal Challengers Bangalore finished last on the points table. Kohli suffered from a lean run with the bat and finished with 300-odd runs in 10 games.
Royal Challengers Bangalore retained Virat Kohli for a whopping price of Rs 17 crore for the coming season. The franchise will be hoping for a better season as Kohli has been in stupendous form for past six months. As a captain of the side, Kohli will be determined to see Royal Challengers Bangalore go the distance to win their maiden crown in the coming season of Indian Premier League.
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