We all have our own reasons to remember the fifth of November, but for cricketing fans in India, the day marks the birthday of Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli: The journey from Boy to Manhood
Kohli, who came up through the junior level cricketing system of India, went from being a boy to a man in a short span. The world started noticing Kohli when he led the Indian U-19 team to a World Cup win back in 2008. Kohli, not only led the team, but was also the third highest run getter in the tournament with 235 runs from 6 matches.
This performance attracted a lot of attention and soon he ended up in Royal Challengers Bangalore for the Indian Premier League. Kohli’s luck in the International scene lighted up when both Indian Openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were injured. The team gave Kohli a chance to debut as a makeshift opener and he has not looked back since.
Kohli went on to feature in 165 ODIs after that and scored 6824 runs with an average of almost 51. He has a whopping 23 centuries to his name and has broken a string of records during his stay in the team. Kohli’s test record is impressive as well. He has 2,794 runs from 37 tests which includes 11 tons.
He was chosen to be the captain of the Indian team when Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down and is currently considered to be the successor of none other than the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
Kohli celebrates his 27th birthday today and we wish him all the happiness in the world.
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