One of the true modern era greats and heir apparent to Sachin Tendulkar’s crown of greatest Indian batsman, Virat Kohli celebrates his 30th birthday today.
The Indian captain is currently away on a short break as he was rested from the T20I series against Windies, but he will be back to lead India in the T20I series against Australia down under.
Kohli was born to Prem Kohli and Saroj Kohli on November 5, 1988 and began playing cricket at a young age. Kohli lost his father when he was 18 and was in midst of playing a Ranji game for Delhi, which he continued after attending the funeral of his father.
Kohli led India U19 to the youth World Cup title in 2008 and made his way into the Indian team the same year and he made his ODI debut as an opener against Sri Lanka in Dambulla. He then made his Test debut against the Windies in 2011, after being part of the Indian team that won the 2011 World Cup at home.
Since then, Kohli has played a cumulative of 351 international matches (73 Tests, 216 ODIs and 62 T20Is) for India making 18665 runs with 62 centuries to his name. He is the fastest to 10,000 runs in ODIs and has 38 centuries to his name in the format, second only to Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49.
Virat took over the Indian team’s Test captaincy in 2014 after the shock retirement of MS Dhoni during the 2014-15 tour of Australia and then became the full-time captain of India in all formats in 2016.
Virat Kohli has been regarded as one of the greatest modern era batsmen along with the likes of Steve Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson and has been churning out runs and centuries at will at the moment.
As he turns 30, the whole of cricket fraternity wished Virat on Twitter on his birthday and we have collated some best tweets for you.
Happy Birthday King Kohli!
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 5, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) November 5, 2018
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) November 5, 2018
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) November 5, 2018
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) November 5, 2018
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) November 5, 2016
— ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) November 5, 2018
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 5, 2018
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) November 5, 2018
Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, @imVkohli . The energy and intensity you bring on play is something that inspires me and all youngsters around the globe. God bless you, skipper 🤗🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/f5dam2ke29
— Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) November 5, 2018
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) November 5, 2018
By Jatin Sharma