Happy Birthday Virat: BCCI shares old video of skipper as wishes pour in
In a career spanning over a decade, the Indian captain has been performing with extraordinary consistency and rewriting records at will.
Kohli has been hailed as one of the greatest batsmen the country has ever seen. The right-hander rightfully commands a huge fan following. As expected, birthday wishes for the skipper flooded social media sites.
From his fans to ex-cricketers and commentators, everyone seems to be queuing up to wish the King on his birthday. The hashtag #KingKohli and #HappyBirthdayViratKohli was one of the top trending topics in India.
In 2012, when I played for RCB , watched Barcelona play on his laptop together. I thought he had something special about him but never knew he was going to become an absolute legend @imVkohli#HappyBirthdayViratKohlipic.twitter.com/baoFsOc5ev— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) November 5, 2019
Many more happy returns of the day dear @imVkohli . Wishing you a great year full of happiness and sunshine! May you continue to set new benchmarks and experience ever more love and joy #HappyBirthdayViratKohlipic.twitter.com/KYg3CGHQei— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 5, 2019
*The Run Machine*.🏃— saimeetakoti (@saimeetakoti) November 5, 2019
*The Chasing King*.🤴
*The fearless Cricketer*.🔥
*The Aggressive Sportsperson*.🤙
*The Record Breaker*.🤩#HappyBirthdayViratKohlipic.twitter.com/blBehwsAjq
BCCI took to Twitter to post the clip of the match where he scored his first-ever century in international cricket. The right-handed batsman’s first century came against Sri Lanka in Kolkata in December 2009. Virat Kohli had scored 107 runs and formed a formidable partnership with Gautam Gambhir to help India chase down 315 under lights. Kohli was so good with the bat in the match that Gambhir had handed him his own Man of the Match award despite scoring 150.
As #TeamIndia Captain @imVkohli turns 31, we take a look back at his maiden ODI hundred and where it all started for the Run Machine. #HappyBirthdayVirat 🎂💐💐 pic.twitter.com/6vNY1U4p8H— BCCI (@BCCI) November 4, 2019
In the ICC ODI rankings, Virat Kohli is the only Indian batsman who has managed to go past the mark of 890 points. Sachin Tendulkar held the previous record of 887 in 1998.
Kohli is also the second India batsman after Sunil Gavaskar to breach the 900-point mark in the ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.
In October last year, the Indian captain became the fastest batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs.
He also became the first batsman to score 20,000 international runs in a decade.
Kohli is now the most successful Indian ODI captain with a success rate is 75.89% bettering MS Dhoni.