Major teams India, Delhi, India Red, India Under-19s, Royal Challengers Bangalore
Playing role Middle-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Virat Kohli , born November 5, 1988 in Delhi is an Indian international cricketer. He is a middle order batsman, who can also open the batting. He is known for his shots through the cover region. He can also bowl right arm medium pace. Kohli was the captain of the victorious Indian team at the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup held in Malaysia. He represents Delhi in first-class cricket and played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008 and 2009 Indian Premier League. He also played for the West Delhi Cricket Academy.
Kohli first came into the limelight when he played for Delhi in a Ranji trophy match against Karnataka on the day of his father’s death. His team mates needed him at a crucial moment when he was much more needed at home. But he said that he wanted to bat and scored 90 runs. Mitthun Manhas, the team’s captain, remarked that “That is an act of great commitment to the team and his innings turned out to be crucial”
Kohli captained the victorious Indian team at the 2008 U/19 Cricket World Cup held in Malaysia. Batting at number 4, he scored 235 runs in 6 matches at an average of 47, including a century against the West Indies U-19s. He was also commended for making several tactical bowling changes during the tournament.
Kohli was instrumental in India’s win of the 2009 Emerging Players Tournament in Australia. In the final against South Africa, Kohli scored a century and India went on to win the game by 17 runs. Kohli emerged as the leading run scorer of the tournament, aggregating 398 runs from seven matches including two centuries and two fifties.
Kohli played for Royal Challengers Bangalore at the 2008 Indian Premier League. He was bought for $30,000 before the first season in 2008. He did not perform well, scoring only 165 runs in 13 innings at an average of 15 and taking only 2 wickets in his bowling. But he improved marginally in the second season, scoring 246 runs in 16 innings with an average of 22.36 and taking 9 catches and 2 run outs. In the third season he scored two half centuries. He scored 307 runs in 13 innings at an average of 27.90. In the fourth season of IPL, he was the only player that Royal Challengers Bangalore retained, preferred over the likes of Rahul Dravid and Ross Taylor.
In 2011 World cup, Virat Kohli was prefered ahead Suresh Raina and became the first Indian to score a century on World Cup debut. He made 282 runs in 9 innings at an average of 35.25. He scored a century in the opening match against Bangladesh while sharing a 203-run partnership with city-mate Virender Sehwag. Besides he also scored 59 against West Indies while sharing a 122-run patnership with Yuvraj Singh.His 83 run partnership for the third wicket with Gautam Gambhir was instrumental in India taking an upper hand during their run chase against Sri Lanka in the final.