Cricket is one game which has the attention of everyone, rich and poor, young and old, men and women alike. And when it comes to cricket, the latest sensation is Virat Kohli who has been the most consistent performer with the bat for the last half a decade. While most of us would know how many centuries he has made and how good he is as a player, here are some other facts about Virat Kohli which will amaze you more.
For every sportsperson to be successful in their career, they should be willing to leave their personal life behind as they step into the arena. We have had many true sportsmen in that category and Virat Kohli is no less. When he first played for the Ranji trophy in 2006, against Karnataka, his father passed away. Yet, Virat ensured that the match went on and he made a crucial score of 90 for his team.
So far not many cricketing batsmen have been able to score 20 ODI centuries. But Virat achieved this at a very young age of 26. He was the only person other than Chris Gayle to have made more than 20 centuries and still playing in the field. Also, he made his 20 centuries faster than any other cricketer before him. The record was earlier held by Sachin Tendulkar who made it in 197 innings. But Virat Kohli made it in just 133 innings.
Another fact that points out Virat Kohli is a master class batsman and is consistently performing is that he is the only player other than Dhoni, Saurav and Sachin to make 1000 runs for 3 consecutive years in ODI.
He was not just the fastest cricketer to reach 20 centuries, he was also the fastest cricketer to make 1000 runs and even 5000 runs in ODI. In fact, he shares the record for reaching 5000 runs faster in international cricket with Sir Vivian Richards.
Virat Kohli was not just respected and loved for his way of playing. He was equally famous for his looks and dressing sense. Apart from being the most admired men among the cricketers, he was also chosen as the top ten well dressed men globally in the year 2012.
The current test captain and deputy ODI captain Virat Kohli is also probably one of the very few Indian cricketers to sport a tattoo. He has a golden dragon tattooed on his forearm and he says it is to bring him luck. This has definitely been true as can be seen from his performance.
While we all know that Kohli has a lot of tons to his name and in a shorter period, you should also know that he was the first Indian to make a ton in his debut World cup. A feat many fail to lose due to the pressure.
There are many a things about Virat Kohli that will leave you awed by his personality. His contribution to the Indian batting lineup has made him the most reliable batsman in crucial innings where victory is a must.