Virat Kohli: India's 'Milestone Man' turns 31

Indian Express

Indian Express

Author 2019-11-05 09:06:54

Indian Express 5 Nov 2019 06:05 AM

Virat Kohli made it to 31 on Tuesday and his undying hunger to succeed does not seem like stopping anytime soon.

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Virat Kohli made it to 31 on Tuesday and his undying hunger to succeed does not seem like stopping anytime soon.

Be it Test, ODI or T20’s, Kohli is India’s Milestone Man in all formats.

In a career spanning more than a decade, the Indian captain has been performing with extraordinary consistency and rewriting records at will.

Already hailed as one of the greatest batsmen ever, the right-handed batsman rightfully commands a huge fan following. As expected, birthday wishes to the skipper flooded social media sites.

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The hashtag #KingKohli and #HappyBirthdayViratKohli was one of the top trending topics in India.

From his fans to ex-cricketers and commentators, everyone seems to be queuing up to wish the King on his birthday.

While India’s milestone man does have several years left in his career this is a good opportunity to take stock of what the India captain has achieved so far-

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.

20,000 in a decade: Virat Kohli, a man who leaves no milestone unturned

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.

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Debuts-

T20 debut: vs Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, June 12, 2010.

ODI debut: vs Sri Lanka at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, August 18, 2008.

Test debut: vs West Indies at Sabina Park, June 20, 2011

IPL debut: vs Kolkata Knight Riders at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, April 18, 2008

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