Highlighting Some Defining Moments Of Virat Kohli’s Cricket Career
It was a surprise to all the Virat Kohli fans and cricket enthusiasts when the young cricketer announced his resignation, first from T20 captaincy and later from IPL captaincy. One of the most popular cricket players in the world, Virat Kohli started out fresh and young. He made his debut as a part of the National Cricket Team of India against Sri Lanka and played his maiden match as an opener alongside Gautam Gambhir. Though he didn’t have a great start to his career, his promising performance showcased that he had the calibre of being a notable player in the future. And the cricketer delivered on that promise exceptionally!
Virat Kohli who has scored more than 22,000 international runs, is the fastest to 10000 ODI runs and the fastest to accumulate 20,000 international runs. Like these, there are many records broken by Virat Kohli. Virat Kohli has been a steady performer with 70 centuries under his belt. Since taking over the captaincy after MS Dhoni, he has inspired the team to some commendable victories.
As a player as well as a captain, Virat Kohli has delivered outstanding performances and showcased great leadership skills. As he takes a step back from T20 and IPL captaincy, let us have a look at some of the highlights of Virat Kohli’s career - Virat Kohli’s ODI career, Virat Kohli’s IPL career, Virat Kohli’s T20 career and Virat Kohli’s Test career.
India Vs Sri Lanka - 2012
The 2011/12 tri-series match against Sri Lanka was a game-changer for Virat Kohli’s ODI career. Bagging a win was essential and the Men in Blue needed to win the game with an extra point to make it to the finals, which Australia was already a part of. With the great counter-attack from Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara, India had a target of 320 runs in 40 overs. Stalwarts like Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir gave a good surge in the beginning and played great innings. But it was Virat Kohli that took the centre stage and showcased one of the best performances in his career. He was a force to be reckoned with against every Sri Lankan bowler in the match, as he went to play one of the most tactful and calculative knocks of ODI history. It was this match of Virat Kohli’s one day career in which he set out to become a chase master. In this memorable match of Virat Kohli’s career, he played an unbeaten hit of 133 runs off just 86 balls as India chased the total in just 36.4 overs, hitting 16 fours and a couple of sixes. Virat Kohli’s ODI career was never the same after this ODI match. There was no looking back, only onwards and upwards.
India Vs Australia - 2014
With a few knocks under his belt in Test matches, Virat Kohli’s Test career witnessed a great jump in the 2014 Adelaide match with one of the most commendable knocks by an Indian batsman on Australian shores. The cricketer was made captain for the first Test and by the end of the series, he was permanently given the position. This was a great progress in Virat Kohli’s Test career. Team India needed something strong to challenge the hosts and chase a 517-run total in the first innings. With great support from the order starting from Murali Vijay to Wriddhiman Saha, it was a memorable moment of Virat Kohli’s career as he played a knock of 112 runs for a total of 444 runs. Next, India needed 364 runs to win after another David Warner special in the second innings. After losing two wickets early on in the game, Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli's 185-run partnership put India on track for a historic chase. It was another notable moment in Virat Kohli’s cricket career as he reached his second century of the match.
India Vs Australia - 2016
The 2016 T20 World Cup match against Australia proved a boon for Virat Kohli’s T20 career. On a chase of a 160-run total against the powerful Australian team, India was under pressure after losing two wickets. India required 67 runs in the last 6 overs when skipper MS Dhoni joined Virat Kohli on the pitch. Virat Kohli faced the Australian bowling line-up head-on as he showcased a wide range of his batting skills and the two of them propelled India towards the targets and qualified for the semi-finals. This achievement in Virat Kohli’s T20 career was exceptional. The cricketer remained unbeaten on 82 runs off just 51 balls.
IPL Season 9 - 2016
One of the major defining moments of Virat Kohli’s IPL career was in the Indian Premier League Season 9. The charming captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore owned the series with his masterclass knocks. With an unbelievable tally of 973 runs in 16 matches and outstanding captaincy in the series, Virat Kohli’s career witnessed a huge jump. His desire and grit to win was clearly evident in the series and made Virat’s Kohli’s IPL career even more impressive.
India Vs South Africa - 2018
This was the moment when Virat Kohli elevated from a cricket player to one of the best cricket captains in India. South Africa bagged victory in the first two matches, leading the three-match series. Team India was bowled out for 187 runs batting first, even though Kohli and Pujara smashed half-centuries. Indian bowlers played in style, bowling the hosts for 194. The seven-run lead was not a big one but India needed a powerful batting performance. Another good score of 41 by Virat Kohli and contributions by the seasoned players Rahane, Shami and Bhuvneshwar, set up a challenging 241-run target for South Africa. The hosts were unable to chase the target resulting in a 63 runs win for the Indian team. This was truly a turning point in Virat Kohli’s Test career as under his captaincy the team won a Test match on foreign soil.
No. 1 Team In Tests Under His Captaincy
The above-mentioned series was just the beginning of India’s reign in Test matches. With a few losses on the way, team India became a master of the Test series. This achievement is like a badge of honour to Virat Kohli’s career. With victories in the Test series against Sri Lanka, South Africa and West Indies, Virat Kohli showcased that he is an aggressive captain who plays to win.
Virat Kohli has chosen to retire as the captain of the T20 cricket team after the T20 World Cup in Dubai and will be playing his last IPL series as the RCB captain this year. The Indian cricket team progressed under his leadership and saw many victories. Virat Kohli’s gameplay, dedication to the game and captaincy skills have been game-changing and inspiring.