The cricketing world is in for a double celebration as the Indian batting superstar, Virat Kohli, turns 35 today. This milestone coincides with the Men in Blue’s next World Cup conquest against South Africa on Sunday.
For cricket fans, this means a rare treat: watching Kohli bat at the No. 3 spot on his birthday. In this article, we’ll dive into the remarkable journey of this exceptional cricketer, exploring his achievements in Tests, ODIs, and his captaincy. Let’s celebrate the legacy of the man who redefined the art of batting.
Exceptional Test and ODI Player
Virat Kohli has etched his name as one of the finest in the history of the game. In the realm of Test cricket, he is the fifth-highest run-scorer, with a staggering 8,676 runs to his name. His average of 49.29 in 111 matches reflects his consistency, and his 29 centuries and 29 fifties underscore his ability to convert starts into big scores. Kohli’s highest score of 254* is a testament to his immense talent.
Not stopping at Tests, Kohli dominates the T20 format, holding the record for the most man-of-the-match and man-of-the-series awards. With 4,008 runs in 115 matches at an average of 52.73 and a strike rate of 137.97, he’s a force to be reckoned with. His century and 37 half-centuries in this format showcase his adaptability and ability to perform under pressure.
Most Successful Test Captain for India
Virat Kohli’s leadership is another feather in his cap. He’s India’s most successful Test captain, steering the team to the top of the Test rankings for five consecutive years during his tenure. In his 68 matches as captain, he boasts an impressive record of 40 wins, 17 losses, and 11 draws. His astute captaincy and ability to inspire his team have been pivotal in India’s Test dominance.
In the One Day International (ODI) format, Virat Kohli’s legacy continues to shine. He is undeniably one of the greatest batsmen to have graced the ODI arena. With 35 years under his belt, he stands as the fourth-highest run-scorer in the format, with only the legendary Sachin Tendulkar ahead of him among Indian cricketers.
Second-Highest ODI Centuries
One of Kohli’s ongoing records is his pursuit of Sachin Tendulkar’s milestone of most centuries in ODIs. The ‘Little Master’ leads with 49 hundred in 463 matches, while Kohli, despite playing far fewer games (288), is on the brink with 48 centuries. As the current World Cup unfolds, fans anticipate Kohli’s quest to surpass his idol.
Chase Master Kohli
Kohli’s reputation as the ‘Chase Master’ precedes him. Over the last decade, he has been the linchpin of India’s remarkable chases in ODI cricket. His stats during successful run chases are awe-inspiring: 5,786 runs at an average of 90.40, including 23 centuries and 25 half-centuries. When the team needs someone to anchor the innings, it’s often Kohli who steps up to the plate.