IPL 2016 is on full swing and the player to watch is Virat Kohli as he is in an impeccable form nowadays. He is one of the most sought after player of IPL 2016 due to his wonderful performance right from the beginning. This IPL Virat Kohli has added several feathers to his cap. He has become the first batsman in IPL to score four hundreds in a single season. He has surpassed 4000 runs in the competition’s nine-year-old history, which is a record, since nobody has done it before. Not only that, he is the first batsman to score more than 900 runs in single season of the IPL so as you can see, it seems nothing can stop him now.
International as well as Indian media covering sports news is giving rave reviews about Virat Kohli’s performance in this IPL as well as his overall cricketing career. So here in this article we have covered some known and unknown facts about Virat Kohli and what he has been up to. Read on to find out more.
Family and education
Virat Kohli’s family is basically from Punjab and he was born on 5th November, year 1988 in Delhi. His mother, Saroj Kohli, is a homemaker while his father, Prem Kohli, was a prominent criminal lawyer in Delhi. He is the third child of his parents having one elder brother and one elder sister. As per the information we have, he was known to have an attraction towards the game of cricket in as early as year 1991, when he was just 3 years old. As a child he would casually ask his dad to bowl and would play with him for long durations of time.
He was raised in Uttam Nagar, which is a residential colony in Delhi and he started his primary education in Vishal Bharti Public School, Delhi. When he was young, he would play Gully Cricket with his friends in the area and would show some remarkable cricketing skills. On seeing this, the local residents of colony and other friends and family members of Kohli family urged his father not to waste his talent. They advised his father to get Virat Kohli admitted to some cricket coaching school so that his talent can be honed.
As Virat Kohli was playing cricket and honing his skills, he was noticed by eminent selectors of domestic cricket in Delhi. He got his first break when he played for Polly Umriger Trophy in the year 2002 in Delhi under 15 team. He made highest number of runs that year and as a result he was made Delhi under 15 team captain. By year 2004, he was the part of the Under 17 Delhi cricket team and played for Vijay Merchant Trophy. He virtually excelled in the matches while playing for Vijay Merchant Trophy and made highest number of runs with a batting average of 84.11.
From then onwards he continued to excel in Under 19 cricket matches and limited over state level matches. In the year 2008, he became the captain of Under 19 Indian Cricket Team for the Under 19 World Cup, which was held in Malaysia. The Indian team returned home after winning that world cup under the captaincy and leadership of Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli’s debut in International Cricket was in the year 2009 when Indian Cricket Team was on tour to Sri Lank to play ODIs. In this tour only he got the chance to play in India A Team against Sri Lanka. As luck would have it, both Tendulkar and Sehwag were injured and Kohli was called to become a makeshift batsman and opener. He made his first ODI fifty in this series and India won it by good margin. After that he played for Indian team repeatedly and carved a place for himself in test as well as ODI matches.
Personal life and Tattoos
Virat Kohli is skipper of Indian Test Team and a celebrity as well so much can be told about his personal life. Gossip mongers are always after him and media all over the world are covering him like anything. As far as his personal life is concerned, he admits that he is a superstitious person. Since year 2012 he has been wearing a Kara and black wristbands for good luck and we strongly believe that it’s working for him! There are a total of four tattoos on Virat Kohli’s body, two on his left hand and two on his right hand. He says he wears them for good luck and faith and we genuinely believe him.