New Delhi: Virat Kohli completed 11 years in international cricket on Sunday and the India skipper came up with a heartwarming post to mark the milestone moment in his celebrated career.
“From starting as a teenager on the same day in 2008 to reflecting on the journey 11 years after, I couldn’t have dreamt of the blessings God has showered me with. May you all get the strength and power to follow your dreams and always follow the right path,” Kohli wrote on social media while posting photographs of himself from 2008 and 2019.
When Virat Kohli made his ODI debut in 2008 in Dambulla, not many would have predicted a meteroic rise for the then chubby Delhi batsman. Kohli was dismissed for 18 in his first innings and went without a hundred in his first year in international cricket.Nonetheless, Kohli scored his maiden hundred against Sri Lanka in Kolkata in 2009 and only became more consistent in the following years. Since 2011, the skipper has scored more than 1000 runs in ODI cricket, barring two seasons — 2015 and 2016.
Virat Kohli impressed so much so early in his career that the U-19 World Cup-winning captain was included in the World Cup squad in 2011. Kohli scored a crucial 35 as India went on to complete a successful 275-run chase against Sri Lanka in the final at the Wankhede Stadium.
Virat Kohli, who is among the fittest sportspersons in the world, has often spoken about how a poor Indian Premier League season in 2012 and the horror run in England in 2014 were big learning curves in his career.
Kohli has never had dull moments in his international career after the 2014 series in England wherein he managed 134 runs in 10 innings. The India captain made amends for it by topping the batting charts when India went to England in 2018. Kohli hit 593 runs in 10 innings and smashed 2 hundreds as welll.
Virat Kohli took over from MS Dhoni as the Test side’s captain in 2014 and has led the team to major victories in the recent past. While India gave South Africa and England a run for their money in 2018, Kohli’s men became the first Indian team to win a Test series in Australia when they completed a 2-1 win Down Under earlier this year.
Kohli has also been breaking records at will across all formats. With 68 hundreds, Kohi is just 32 behind Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time record of 100 hundreds. Meanwhile, Kohli, the top-ranked batsman in ODIs and Tests, became the first batsman to score 20.000 runs in a decade.
Virat Kohli is gearing up to lead Indiia in the inaugural Test Championship, starting August 22 with a 2-Test series against West Indies. The India captain has been rested from the ongoing 3-day practice match agianst West Indies A in Antigua due to a thumb injury he picked up during the ODI series.