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Virat Kohli is one of India’s leading batsmen, 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 but found it hard to thrive at the international level. 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 since 2010 has seen him finish as the third highest run scorer in ODIs during the 2010-11 season and the highest run scorer in 2011-12. Kohli has sealed his reputation as one of the best chasers in the limited overs format of the game.
Currently ranked at no 3 in ICC ODI rankings, and no 8 in the ICC T20 rankings, Virat has established himself as an important member of the Indian national side across all formats. 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 Cricket Awards and received the Polly Umrigar Trophy for being India’s top cricketer in 2011-12. His electric knock of 133* against Sri Lanka during the CB Series was voted the best century of 2012 in the ESPN Cricinfo Awards.
RCB’s most capped player and highest run scorer with 1639 runs in 77 matches, Kohli was named captain in the lead up to IPL 6, having led RCB admirably during the second half of IPL 2012. Coach Ray Jennings has always been a believer in him and is certain that this promotion augurs well for Kohli’s potential and ambitions even in international cricket.
RCB vs. DD, Feroze Shah Kotla, 2011
In a roller coaster chase, Virat Kohli's gritty half century helped the team get over the line at the very end. Walking in to the middle in the very first over despite being the no.3 batsman, he played an enterprising knock and stuck around long enough to set up their win.