Today is Virat Kohli’s 32nd birthday and this year the birthday has become more special as Virat and Anushka are expecting their first child in January. His team has also qualified for the playoffs and they are going to play the eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad tomorrow.
On King Kohli’s birthday we have come up with some interesting facts that you should know.
Kohli’s ODI Debut:
Kohli made his ODI debut on 18th August, 2008 against Sri Lanka at Dambulla. Sri Lanka won that game by 8 wickets. Kohli was sent opener with Gambhir and he scored 12 runs off 22 deliveries. He was caught LBW to Kulasekara.
Fastest ODI runs:
Virat Kohli is the fastest Indian cricketer to reach the 1,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000, 7,000, 8,000, 9,000 and 10,000 ODI runs. He is also the world’ fastest batsman to reach the 8,000 (175 innings), 9,000 (194 innings), 10,000 (205 innings) and 11,000 (222 innings) runs.
U-19 World Cup 2008
India won the U-19 World Cup under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. He played the key role in the victory as India defeated South Africa by 12 runs. Kohli was the third highest scorer of U-19 World Cup in 2008. He scored 235 runs in 6 matches averaging 47 and at a strike rate of 124. His highest score was 100. He hit 25 fours and 5 towering sixes in that world cup. Kane Williamson was also part of that world cup and he scored 124 runs in 5 matches at an average of 31.
Hundred on World Cup debut:
Virat Kohli was the only Indian cricketer who scored a ton on his World Cup debut. It was the inaugural match of World Cup 2011 between India and Bangladesh at Dhaka. The match was played on 19th February and India won this game by 87 runs. Kohli came on the crease at no. 4 when Gambhir was bowled by Mahmudullah. He made a huge partnership of 203 runs with Sehwag who ended his inning on 175. Kohli remained not out on 100 off 83 balls. In his innings he hot 8 fours and 2 sixes.
Kohli’s 1st Wicket on his 0th ball:
In 2011 against England Virat Kohli was given the ball against Kevin Pieterson in a T20I. Kohli became the only player in the history to take a wicket on his zeroth ball inT20I career. Kohli bowled a wide delivery and MS Dhoni stumped Pieterson. At that moment Kohli’s bowling figures were 0.0-0-1-1.
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