Virat Kohli also known as Cheeku (Nickname) is an Indian Cricketer. Known for his mind-blowing batting skills, Virat Kohli is a right-handed batsman, and right arm medium pace bowler. He is the current captain in Test Cricket and vice-captain in limited over editions of the game. He is also the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the IPL series.
Virat Kohli was born in a Punjabi family on 5th November 1988, Delhi. His father Late Prem Chopra was a criminal lawyer as a profession and mother Saroj Kohli is a housewife. He has an elder brother Vikash and an elder sister.
From childhood, Virat was extremly fond of cricket and according to his family, when he was three years old, Kohli would pick up a bat, ask his father to bowl and start swinging the bat. Virat was brought up in Uttam Nagar. He did his schooling from Vishal Bharti Public School. At the age of nine, little Kohli took part in the West Delhi Cricket Academy that was created in 1998. On the suggestion of the neighbours, Kohli’s father took him to the academy to learn cricket instead of wasting time in playing gully cricket in the street.
Virat Kohli – Young Pictures
Career achievements and records
After playing at various age-group levels and domestic matches, Kohli captained the Under-19 Indian Team in the World Cup, held in Malaysia in the year of 2008. Kohli proved himself in the early stage by bringing home the Under-19 cup. In the same year, at the age of 19, Kohli got an opportunity to play in Indian cricket team in ODI against Sri-Lanka. In 2011, Kohli played his first test match against West Indies at Kingston. Apart from playing, Kohli was appointed as the vice-captain of the ODI matches. There was no looking back for Kohli he shouldered the responsibility of being a captain on many occasions in the absence of captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Post Dhoni’s retirement, Virat was made the captain of the Indian cricket team for test matches.
The 1.75 meter tall Kohli has received many awards such as ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012, and BCCI International cricketer of the year for 2011-12 and 2014-15 season. Virat Kohli has distinguished records to his credit, which include the fastest ODI century, the fastest batsman to reach 5000 ODI runs and the fastest cricket to complete 10 ODI centuries. He is also the fastest batsman to score 1000 runs in T20 game and the second batsman in the world to score 1000 runs and more in each of the four successive years. The cricketing greats have hailed Virat Kohli as the best batsman in the world.
Virat Kohli – Net Worth and Salary
Kohli’s net worth is $7.1 million which includes $3.1 for playing cricket matches (ODI, Test Matches, and IPL). According to Forbes Kohli earns $ 4 million from endorsements. Kohli is retained by his team at a salary of Rs.1 crore per annum.
Virat Kohli beat Dhoni in becoming the highest paid player in IPL in 2016, with a hefty package of Rs. 15 Crore for representing Bangalore’s Royal Challenge, whereas MS Dhoni stands at Rs. 12.5 crore.
Being a Cricket personality, Virat Kohli has a huge fan following especially women. He had many link-ups that made a huge controversy followed by few headlines, which created a huge chaos. Recently, it was reported that Virat separated from his actress cum model girlfriend Anushka Sharma. According to sources Virat and Anushka started getting close from 2014. Although they are no longer a couple and broke-up in 2016 February. The reason behind their break-up is still unknown. Cricket fans have been known to trolling Anushka ever since breakup, because post that event, his form returned to his usual self. Virat however blasted people who trolled Anushka and said on Twitter, ‘Shame on people for trolling Anushka Sharma non-stop. Have some compassion. She has always only given me positivity’
Apart from that, Virat has confessed that he is superstitious. He used to wear the same pair of gloves, using which he had been scoring a lot. He wears a black wristband wears as a cricket superstitious.