Wednesday,December 7,2022

Journey Of Virat Kohli: From gully to leading Team India

 “I play my cricket with a lot of dignity, with a lot of passion, and with a lot of hard work that I put into my sport.”– VIRAT KOHLI

At the age of 28 years, Virat Kohli has a supernatural following. A right-handed batsman often regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world, Kohli was ranked eighth in ESPN’s list of world’s most famous athletes in 2016.

Kohli entered the team in his teenage, walking on the field with a raw passion, and a handy aggression never seen before. A brash young with a massive respect for the sport has earned him a record-breaking success and accolades on the field.

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 “The importance that the sport holds in my life is very high and it’s above anything else because that is something I’ve always wanted to do, And that is one thing that doesn’t stop me from working hard every day.”– VIRAT KOHLI.

The importance can be judged by an instance where his father died early in the morning and he chose to go on the field with that blow. For him, leaving a match incomplete is a sin.

 

EARLY LIFE

Virat Kohli was born on 5 November 1988 in Delhi into a Punjabi family. His father, Prem Kohli, worked as a criminal lawyer and his mother, Saroj Kohli, is a housewife.

Like almost every Indian kid, his earliest memories of cricket are of the streets, smashing the windows of neighbours. He was very fond of watching cricket; he would watch cricketers’ batting and try to implement it on the streets. He would enact the shots taken by the famous player with such effectiveness that the neighbours themselves suggested his father that “Virat shouldn’t waste his time in gully cricket and instead join a professional club”. The West Delhi Cricket Academy was created, and Kohli, a nine-year-old, was part of its first intake.

In 2006 Virat was playing his first season for Delhi Ranji trophy team, which is the first class team. He was batting overnight, and his father died around 3 in the morning due to a heart attack. He was going through a time where he had a clot in his brain, left side of his body got paralyzed, and It was a tough time for his family.

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“My father was my biggest support. He was the one who drove me to practice every day. I miss his presence sometimes.” – Kohli.

PLAYING STYLE

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Kohli is a naturally aggressive batsman with strong technical skills. He usually bats in the middle-order, but, on many occasions, has opened the innings as well. He bats with a slightly open-chested stance and a strong bottom-hand grip and is said to have quick footwork. He is known for his wide range of shots, ability to pace an innings and batting under pressure. He is strong through the mid-wicket and cover region. He has said that the cover drive is his favorite shot, while also saying that the flick shot comes naturally to him. He does not play the sweep shot often, being called “not a natural sweeper of the cricket ball”. His teammates have praised his confidence, commitment, focus and work ethics. Kohli is also known to be a “sharp” fielder.

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“I feel that every sports person should have that bit of aggression.” He says.

 

He prefers the ‘boring’ approach to batting as well as training, preferring to build his innings in the first 15-20 deliveries at a steady pace instead of going hammer-and-tongs right from the start, right out of pure respect for the sport.

 

 

TURNING POINT

Not every under 19 star achieve success, not at least in the short span of time in which Kohli did. In 2008 Kohli was leading Indian U-19 team along with Ravindra Jadeja, and those who followed the match would always want a win keeping that as evidence. But Kohli was only the third highest run scorer in that tournament. Tanmay Srivastava (Top order batsman for India U-19 team) led the charts with 262 runs from six games, while Kohli had 235. Kohli only managed to score one century in three matches, though against West Indies.

Next year, Kohli was selected in the four-team Emerging Players Tournament in July–August 2009 held in Australia. He opened the innings and finished as the leading run-getter with 398 runs from seven matches at an average of 66.33. In the final match against South Africa Emerging players at Brisbane, he scored 104 off 102 balls to help his team win the match by 17 runs and grab the title.

Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of the national selection committee, was impressed with Kohli and remarked “I must say, opener Virat Kohli was outstanding. Some of the shots he played spoke about his ability.”  Kohli has called this tournament as the “turning point” of his career.

 

Kohli, the new captain? And the successor for Dhoni?

As Dhoni stepped down from the captaincy on Wednesday, Virat Kohli was named the captain in both limited-overs formats.

A BCCI official told that they hope to find a successor for Dhoni, though he remains the first-choice behind the stumps. “As far as MS is concerned, he is fit and fine and there are no two ways about it. But, you still need to have a backup ready, no? You have to prepare a succession chart, that is what is happening. Mahi is one guy who doesn’t keep knowledge within himself; he is always there to share. So what else do you want?”

Also read: Dhoni’s retirement as a Captain-Twitter reactions feat. Kohli,Manutd and many more

SOURCES-

Espncricinfo.com

 “I play my cricket with a lot of dignity, with a lot of passion, and with a lot of hard work that I put into my sport.”– VIRAT KOHLI

At the age of 28 years, Virat Kohli has a supernatural following. A right-handed batsman often regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world, Kohli was ranked eighth in ESPN’s list of world’s most famous athletes in 2016.

Kohli entered the team in his teenage, walking on the field with a raw passion, and a handy aggression never seen before. A brash young with a massive respect for the sport has earned him a record-breaking success and accolades on the field.

virat-kohli0019

 “The importance that the sport holds in my life is very high and it’s above anything else because that is something I’ve always wanted to do, And that is one thing that doesn’t stop me from working hard every day.”– VIRAT KOHLI.

The importance can be judged by an instance where his father died early in the morning and he chose to go on the field with that blow. For him, leaving a match incomplete is a sin.

 

EARLY LIFE

Virat Kohli was born on 5 November 1988 in Delhi into a Punjabi family. His father, Prem Kohli, worked as a criminal lawyer and his mother, Saroj Kohli, is a housewife.

Like almost every Indian kid, his earliest memories of cricket are of the streets, smashing the windows of neighbours. He was very fond of watching cricket; he would watch cricketers’ batting and try to implement it on the streets. He would enact the shots taken by the famous player with such effectiveness that the neighbours themselves suggested his father that “Virat shouldn’t waste his time in gully cricket and instead join a professional club”. The West Delhi Cricket Academy was created, and Kohli, a nine-year-old, was part of its first intake.

In 2006 Virat was playing his first season for Delhi Ranji trophy team, which is the first class team. He was batting overnight, and his father died around 3 in the morning due to a heart attack. He was going through a time where he had a clot in his brain, left side of his body got paralyzed, and It was a tough time for his family.

virat-kohli-father

“My father was my biggest support. He was the one who drove me to practice every day. I miss his presence sometimes.” – Kohli.

PLAYING STYLE

Kohli is a naturally aggressive batsman with strong technical skills. He usually bats in the middle-order, but, on many occasions, has opened the innings as well. He bats with a slightly open-chested stance and a strong bottom-hand grip and is said to have quick footwork. He is known for his wide range of shots, ability to pace an innings and batting under pressure. He is strong through the mid-wicket and cover region. He has said that the cover drive is his favorite shot, while also saying that the flick shot comes naturally to him. He does not play the sweep shot often, being called “not a natural sweeper of the cricket ball”. His teammates have praised his confidence, commitment, focus and work ethics. Kohli is also known to be a “sharp” fielder.

kohli-batting_0031

“I feel that every sports person should have that bit of aggression.” He says.

 

He prefers the ‘boring’ approach to batting as well as training, preferring to build his innings in the first 15-20 deliveries at a steady pace instead of going hammer-and-tongs right from the start, right out of pure respect for the sport.

 

 

TURNING POINT

Not every under 19 star achieve success, not at least in the short span of time in which Kohli did. In 2008 Kohli was leading Indian U-19 team along with Ravindra Jadeja, and those who followed the match would always want a win keeping that as evidence. But Kohli was only the third highest run scorer in that tournament. Tanmay Srivastava (Top order batsman for India U-19 team) led the charts with 262 runs from six games, while Kohli had 235. Kohli only managed to score one century in three matches, though against West Indies.

Next year, Kohli was selected in the four-team Emerging Players Tournament in July–August 2009 held in Australia. He opened the innings and finished as the leading run-getter with 398 runs from seven matches at an average of 66.33. In the final match against South Africa Emerging players at Brisbane, he scored 104 off 102 balls to help his team win the match by 17 runs and grab the title.

Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of the national selection committee, was impressed with Kohli and remarked “I must say, opener Virat Kohli was outstanding. Some of the shots he played spoke about his ability.”  Kohli has called this tournament as the “turning point” of his career.

 

Kohli, the new captain? And the successor for Dhoni?

As Dhoni stepped down from the captaincy on Wednesday, Virat Kohli was named the captain in both limited-overs formats.

A BCCI official told that they hope to find a successor for Dhoni, though he remains the first-choice behind the stumps. “As far as MS is concerned, he is fit and fine and there are no two ways about it. But, you still need to have a backup ready, no? You have to prepare a succession chart, that is what is happening. Mahi is one guy who doesn’t keep knowledge within himself; he is always there to share. So what else do you want?”

Also read: Dhoni’s retirement as a Captain-Twitter reactions feat. Kohli,Manutd and many more

SOURCES-

Espncricinfo.com

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 “I play my cricket with a lot of dignity, with a lot of passion, and with a lot of hard work that I put into my sport.”– VIRAT KOHLI

At the age of 28 years, Virat Kohli has a supernatural following. A right-handed batsman often regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world, Kohli was ranked eighth in ESPN’s list of world’s most famous athletes in 2016.

Kohli entered the team in his teenage, walking on the field with a raw passion, and a handy aggression never seen before. A brash young with a massive respect for the sport has earned him a record-breaking success and accolades on the field.

virat-kohli0019

 “The importance that the sport holds in my life is very high and it’s above anything else because that is something I’ve always wanted to do, And that is one thing that doesn’t stop me from working hard every day.”– VIRAT KOHLI.

The importance can be judged by an instance where his father died early in the morning and he chose to go on the field with that blow. For him, leaving a match incomplete is a sin.

 

EARLY LIFE

Virat Kohli was born on 5 November 1988 in Delhi into a Punjabi family. His father, Prem Kohli, worked as a criminal lawyer and his mother, Saroj Kohli, is a housewife.

Like almost every Indian kid, his earliest memories of cricket are of the streets, smashing the windows of neighbours. He was very fond of watching cricket; he would watch cricketers’ batting and try to implement it on the streets. He would enact the shots taken by the famous player with such effectiveness that the neighbours themselves suggested his father that “Virat shouldn’t waste his time in gully cricket and instead join a professional club”. The West Delhi Cricket Academy was created, and Kohli, a nine-year-old, was part of its first intake.

In 2006 Virat was playing his first season for Delhi Ranji trophy team, which is the first class team. He was batting overnight, and his father died around 3 in the morning due to a heart attack. He was going through a time where he had a clot in his brain, left side of his body got paralyzed, and It was a tough time for his family.

virat-kohli-father

“My father was my biggest support. He was the one who drove me to practice every day. I miss his presence sometimes.” – Kohli.

PLAYING STYLE

Kohli is a naturally aggressive batsman with strong technical skills. He usually bats in the middle-order, but, on many occasions, has opened the innings as well. He bats with a slightly open-chested stance and a strong bottom-hand grip and is said to have quick footwork. He is known for his wide range of shots, ability to pace an innings and batting under pressure. He is strong through the mid-wicket and cover region. He has said that the cover drive is his favorite shot, while also saying that the flick shot comes naturally to him. He does not play the sweep shot often, being called “not a natural sweeper of the cricket ball”. His teammates have praised his confidence, commitment, focus and work ethics. Kohli is also known to be a “sharp” fielder.

kohli-batting_0031

“I feel that every sports person should have that bit of aggression.” He says.

 

He prefers the ‘boring’ approach to batting as well as training, preferring to build his innings in the first 15-20 deliveries at a steady pace instead of going hammer-and-tongs right from the start, right out of pure respect for the sport.

 

 

TURNING POINT

Not every under 19 star achieve success, not at least in the short span of time in which Kohli did. In 2008 Kohli was leading Indian U-19 team along with Ravindra Jadeja, and those who followed the match would always want a win keeping that as evidence. But Kohli was only the third highest run scorer in that tournament. Tanmay Srivastava (Top order batsman for India U-19 team) led the charts with 262 runs from six games, while Kohli had 235. Kohli only managed to score one century in three matches, though against West Indies.

Next year, Kohli was selected in the four-team Emerging Players Tournament in July–August 2009 held in Australia. He opened the innings and finished as the leading run-getter with 398 runs from seven matches at an average of 66.33. In the final match against South Africa Emerging players at Brisbane, he scored 104 off 102 balls to help his team win the match by 17 runs and grab the title.

Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of the national selection committee, was impressed with Kohli and remarked “I must say, opener Virat Kohli was outstanding. Some of the shots he played spoke about his ability.”  Kohli has called this tournament as the “turning point” of his career.

 

Kohli, the new captain? And the successor for Dhoni?

As Dhoni stepped down from the captaincy on Wednesday, Virat Kohli was named the captain in both limited-overs formats.

A BCCI official told that they hope to find a successor for Dhoni, though he remains the first-choice behind the stumps. “As far as MS is concerned, he is fit and fine and there are no two ways about it. But, you still need to have a backup ready, no? You have to prepare a succession chart, that is what is happening. Mahi is one guy who doesn’t keep knowledge within himself; he is always there to share. So what else do you want?”

Also read: Dhoni’s retirement as a Captain-Twitter reactions feat. Kohli,Manutd and many more

SOURCES-

Espncricinfo.com

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