The Indian captain Kohli has earned a legendary status in the World Cricket by his appetite of scoring runs and maintaining fine composure during the pressure situations. Virat Kohli made his international debut in August 2008 in an ODI fixture against Sri Lanka. The captain has 50+ averages across all the formats and has been the best performing player for the Indian team. With inspiring leadership in the test format, he has pushed the bowlers to bowl with confidence and aggression and never let their guard down. A normal Indian cricket follower knows that Virat has not been able to score his 71st international century, but the article enlists some unknown facts about the Indian captain.
1. First Indian batsman to hit three consecutive centuries in ODIs
In 2018, the Indian captain slammed three centuries on the trot against West Indies and helped the team to win the series 3-1.
2. Indian captain has never gone into auction pool in Indian Premier League
Surpisingly being the captain of U-19 Indian team, Virat Kohli was chosen as the catchment player in the 2008 auction by the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
3. Most Runs in a Single edition of Indian Premier League
The Royal Challengers captain Virat Kohli has the record of scoring most runs in a single edition of IPL, which was in 2016. He scored 973 runs in 16 matchses, including four centuries and helped the team to reach the finals.
4. 1st Player to take a wicket off his 0th delivery in T20Is
Virat Kohli is the first cricketer to take a wicket off his 0th delivery in the T20I format. During the 2011 tour to England, Virat was handed a chance to bowl by MS Dhoni to try his hand at bowling. In his first delivery, he bowled a wide but MS Dhoni was quick to stump-out Kevin Pietersen.
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5. 1st Indian Batsman to hit Century on ODI World Cup Debut
In the 2011 World Cup, Virat Kohli scored a century against Bangladesh in his debut World Cup game and helped the Indian team to win the match by 87 runs.
6. Virat and Anushka met first time during ad-shoot in 2013
The Indian captain and Bollywood star Anushka Sharma met each other for the first time in 2013 during the ad-shoot of Clear Shampoo. Then, in 2017, the pair finally got hitched and now have a daughter named Vamika.
7. Anushka Sharma and Sakshi Dhoni are school friends
Dhoni’s wife Sakshi Dhoni and Virat’s wife Anushka Sharma studied in the same school, St.Mary’s. Sakshi’s father was transferred to Assam, whereas Anushka Sharma’s father Col. Ajay Kumar Sharma was posted in the same state as well.
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8. Fastest Cricketer to reach 23,000 International Runs
The Indian captain Virat Kohli recently broke the record of Sachin Tendulkar by scoring 23,000 international runs in 490 innings. He achieved the feat during the away test series against England in 2021.
9. First Asian to cross 150 Million followers on Instagram
Virat Kohli recently created history by being the first Asian personality to cross the mark of 150 Million followers on Instagram. The footballers, Ronaldo, Messi, and Neymar are the only personalities to have more followers than the Indian skipper.
10. Most Double centuries for India in Test Cricket
Virat Kohli has the record of scoring 7 double centuries in the test format, and is the only Indian captain to score a century in overseas test match against West Indies.
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