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Virat Kohli is one of India's leading batsmen and captains and if he keeps up his consistency, a place in the hall of all time greats is his for the taking.
Kohli first caught notice as skipper of India's U-19 World Cup winning team in 2008. Royal Challengers Bangalore backed Kohli early; he was the team's first pick in the draft for the U-19 players pool before the inaugural IPL in 2008. In 2011 when all franchises saw a major shuffle, he was the only player retained by RCB.
Virat made his debut for India soon after the 2008 IPL, sluggish in the beginning, but he made his way to international cricket eventually. Undeterred, he honed his technique playing for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy and soon was leading the team successfully, earning himself a recall to the Indian ODI team.
His superb form has seen him finish as the most test runs in 2015 and 2016 by an Indian cricketer, most ODI runs by an Indian cricketer in 2016, fastest in the world to reach 7000 runs in ODI and the fastest in the world to notch 25 ODI centuries.
Captaincy elevated his batting and Kohli hit a century in both innings of his first Test as the Indian captain, in December 2014 at Adelaide. In 2016 he hit a purple patch, becoming the first Indian captain to score a double century in a Test match overseas and going on to three more double centuries in consecutive series at home. Early in 2017 he became the fastest to score 1000 ODI runs as skipper after taking up the job full-time from MS Dhoni. The Indian Test team also completed an unprecedented 20 match unbeaten streak under his captaincy, winning the no.1 ranking and winning seven series in a row for the first time in India's test history.
Virat's earlier ODI exploits saw him being named the ICC ODI Player of the Year 2012 and he was named a part of the ICC's World ODI XIs in 2012, 2014 and 2016. With 185 runs in the 2012 ICC World Twenty20, he was the lone Indian to be featured in the the World Twenty20 Men's XI team. He won the International Cricketer of the Year award at the CEAT 2011-12 and 2013-14 Cricket Awards and received the Polly Umrigar Trophy for being India's top cricketer in 2011-12, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, the first to receive the honour thrice. Virat was also awarded with the Arjuna Award 2013 and the great Padma Shri award in 2017.
Virat is RCB's most capped player and became the IPL's highest run scorer with 4110 runs in 139 matches in 2016, leading RCB to the playoffs in 2015 and 2016. Coach Daniel Vettori has always been a believer in him and says that Virat Kohli has not only been exceptional with his batting, but also fielding and leadership.
VIVO IPL 2016 - The season of abundance
Virat Kohli scored not one, not two but four centuries in VIVO IPL 2016. He has several highlights for RCB but this season shaded them all as he raced away to 973 runs with the bat, breaking the previous record of 733 runs held jointly by Chris Gayle (2012) and Michael Hussey (2013). As skipper he led the team to its first IPL final since 2011, leading from the front as is his trademark.