From a Delhi stud to India's biggest athlete. Take a look at Virat Kohli's amazing journey!
By S Sai Jagannath
A young boy, from the streets of Delhi to getting his name chanted by thousands of people on foreign land. Virat Kohli has come a long way. A boy who started cricket at a very early age and soon started showing his grasp over the game. KP Bhaskar was Virat Kohli's coach during his childhood who sharpened his raw skills and played a major part in Virat's career.
He played for Delhi U-15 as a youngster and then later played for Delhi U-17s in 2004. He was selected for India U-19 squad and toured England and Pakistan scoring ample of runs to get selected for the U-19 world cup squad. He was the Captain of the victorious U-19 squad and later made India debut the same year. Kohli is currently the captain of the Indian National team and also leads Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL. He always believed that two events changed his life and his cricketing career completely. First was the day when he came out to bat knowing that his father passed away and the second was in the year 2012 when he decided to change himself.
Virat's emotional transformation over the years has been tremendous. From an aggressive and flashy batsman to not so aggressive and humble player he has carved out his career according to his character and not according to what people needed. With over 10000 runs in ODI, 70 international centuries, 7000+ test runs and leading run-scorer in T20I and IPL, Kohli is arguably one of the best batsmen of this generation. Kohli has the second-highest ODI average while chasing and most no of test wins for India as a captain.
Kohli has already proved himself no of times both with his bat and as well as with his captaincy. His greatest win as a captain was back in 2018 when Kohli and co beat Aussies in their backyard in the toughest format of the game. Kohli is undoubtedly one of the greatest batsmen India has produced and stands among players like Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting. Kohli has still a lot to offer to the Indian national team but one of his biggest goals would be to win the World Cup and the IPL trophy as well.
Here's a list of no of awards Kohli has won in his cricketing career till now:
2013 - Arjuna Award
2017 - Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award.
2018 - Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year): 2017, 2018
ICC ODI Player of the Year: 2012, 2017, 2018
ICC Test Player of the Year: 2018
ICC ODI Team of the Year: 2012, 2014, 2016 (captain), 2017 (captain), 2018 (captain), 2019 (captain)
ICC Test Team of the Year: 2017 (captain), 2018 (captain), 2019 (captain)
ICC Spirit of Cricket:2019
Polly Umrigar Award for International Cricketer of the Year: 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World: 2016, 2017, 2018
CEAT International Cricketer of the Year: 2011–12, 2013–14, 2018-19
Barmy Army - International Player of Year: 2017, 2018
A stand at Arun Jaitley Stadium is named Virat Kohli Stand on 12 September 2019.
Other honours and awards:
People's Choice Awards India For Favourite Sportsperson: 2012
CNN-News18 Indian of the Year 2017