Virat Kohli is the story of every youngster who aspires to be a cricketer. A humble background, a supporting family, passionate about the game, rising through the ranks and ending up as Indian Cricket team captain. Well, that’s a dream every local boy who picks up a bat or a ball want to live.
However, this story was not possible if he was not consistent with his approach. He raised the bar for everyone in the team. Be it his batting or fitness, there ain’t a thing where he is second to someone.
As the Indian Cricket Captain completes his 11 years at the highest level, let’s have a look back on how his journey has fared in these many years.
A chubby, aggressive and confident India U-19 World Cup winning captain makes his debut for India against Sri Lanka. Coming in for injured Virendra Shewag, Virat Kohli was asked to open the innings alongside Gautam Gambhir. Although he was dismissed for a low score of 12 runs yet those 22 balls he faced was a statement of the arrival of the next big thing in the game.
Chasing a target of 316, India was struggling to cope with the jitters that Sri Lanka gave in form of Shewag and Sachin. However, the partnership of Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir took India over the line. That match was also marked by Kohli’s first international century for which Gambhir gave Kohli his first man of the match.
Till this year no batsmen dictated their own terms to Lasith Malinga. However, on 28th February, this changed. Virat Kohli ruled Lasith Malinga out of the attack and the game. His 133 run blitz in Hobart not only ensured that India chased 340 runs within 40 overs but also that India remain alive in the Commonwealth Tournament.
Barely after three weeks of the Hobart blitzkrieg, came Kohli’s highest individual score of 183. He helped India chase down a formidable 329 with two overs to spare.
Perhaps, this was the year where everyone saw Kohli at the extreme ends of a spectrum. From scoring almost nothing against England to ruling the Kangaroos at the end of the year, the year saw Kohli changing from a boy to a responsible man. Also, he nearly won India the 2014 T-20 World Cup.
It was his year. From scoring three double tons to making T-20 format his own, it was King Kohli at his best. He scored 641 runs with an average of 106.83, was named man of the tournament for the second time in the T-20 World Cup and also amazed an unbelievable 973 runs in IPL which included 4 centuries.
It was a one man army year for him, especially in test format. He carried India on his shoulders both in South Africa and in England. He scored tons in South Africa and conquered his 2014 demons of England.Be it conquering demons or his opponents, Virat Kohli has done everything to perfection. Probably, he is the definition of consistency. With records at his mercy and bat in his hands, god knows what records are left to be broken and standards to set for the upcoming generation. As he completes his 11 years in international cricket here is a sweet message which will inspire people from any field. Long live the king!
From starting as a teenager on the same day in 2008 to reflecting on the journey 11 years after, I couldn’t have dreamt of the blessings God has showered me with. May you all get the strength and power to follow your dreams and always follow the right path. 🇮🇳🙏😇#forevergrateful pic.twitter.com/sTZ7tKEoMz
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 19, 2019