Indian skipper Virat Kohli celebrated his 30th birthday today and the cricket fraternity showered wishes on the Indian batsman on social media.
From under-19 to India’s skipper
Kohli came into the limelight for leading the India under-19 team to world cup victory. The Delhi batsman soon made it to India’s national team but wasn’t much effective in his initial years. However, with time he established himself as a solid middle-order batsman and was part of India’s world cup winning team in 2011.
At 30, @imVkohli is already among sporting elite and there's plenty more to come!
Happy birthday, captain 🎂 pic.twitter.com/qbjMs6AvFj
— ESPN India (@ESPNIndia) November 5, 2018
The right-hand batsman became a run-machine since 2013 and after a little slump in 2015 has become unstoppable in all three formats of the game. After MS Dhoni stepped down from captaincy, Kohli was the automatic choice for the leadership role.
He is currently at the top in ICC’s ODI and T20I batting ranking and has become the quickest to reach to 10000 ODI runs.
Cricket fraternity wishes Kohli on Twitter
Today, the Indian skipper is celebrating his 30th birthday and current and former cricketers, analysts and fans tweeted their wishes on social media.
The big 30! Happy bday my friend. Hope it’s one very special day🎉@imVkohli
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) November 5, 2018
Happy birthday virat .. have a great year ahead @imVkohli
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) November 5, 2018
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 5, 2018
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) November 5, 2018
Happy birthday 🎊🎂 @imVkohli
— Mohammad Nabi (@MohammadNabi007) November 5, 2018
Happy birthday @imVkohli
He's shown us all how hard work and determination can bring unbelievable success.
Keep making the nation proud.
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) November 5, 2018
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) November 5, 2018
— Waris Khan (@WarisKh14) November 5, 2018
Happy birthday Virat sir pic.twitter.com/hbUWZpctVE
— Mithlesh Verma (@Mithles44965964) November 5, 2018
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) November 5, 2018
Hey #RunMachine #KingKohli
I wish u a very very happy birthday brother @imVkohli…keep nailing it bro
And as a indian thanku for giving many reason to smile.. wish u a good and happy life ahead…🍰😎😊 pic.twitter.com/38Zyl1XhtU
— praveen kumar (@praveenkumar) November 5, 2018
— Raveena Tandon (@TandonRaveena) November 5, 2018
Wish you a very special birthday @imVkohli! Welcome to Club 30!🎉
— IamKedar (@JadhavKedar) November 5, 2018
A look at Kohli’s staggering numbers
The Indian batsman has produced some jaw-dropping numbers through his sensational batting in international cricket.
The right-hand batsman has hammered 6331 runs in 73 Tests and averages an astonishing 5457. He has 24 hundreds in Tests and has 38 centuries in ODIs. In terms of centuries in ODIs he is only behind Sachin Tendulkar.
Kohli averages a whopping 59.83 in ODIs and at one phase in the recent ODI series against Windies, his average reached 60 which is an achievement in itself.
Kohli slammed three consecutive ODI hundreds against Windies and became the first Indian batsman to do so. Since January 2017, he has scored 21 international hundreds and has amassed more than 5000 international runs. And this after scoring 2500 plus international runs in 2016.