Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli celebrates after India wins 2013 CT [Image- Getty]

The ICC World Test Championship final between the Virat Kohli-led India and New Zealand at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton has finally got underway following a wash-out on the opening day due to persistent rain.

And, with that, Team India skipper Virat Kohli has become the first cricketer in the history of the game to represent his country in the finals of every major ICC event.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli with the U19 WC Trophy [Image Credit- Getty]
Kohli started his journey as a teenager when he led the Indian team to the U-19 World Cup title in 2008 by beating South Africa in a low-scoring rain-curtailed final.

The Delhi Cricketer became an instant superstar and he soon made his debut in the national ODI team in the same year.

Virat made the most of whatever opportunities he got between 2008-11, and,  as a result, he went on to seal his spot for the 2011 World Cup.

Virat Kohli Becomes The 1st Cricketer To Feature In Finals Of Every ICC Event
India won the 2011 WC [Image- Getty]
Kohli smashed a whirlwind hundred in his maiden World Cup game against Bangladesh but his most important innings came in the final against Sri Lanka, where he scored 35 but more importantly stitched a brilliant 3rd wicket partnership with Gautam Gambhir.

India won the World Cup after a gap of 28 years following brilliant knocks from Gautam Gambhir (97) and MS Dhoni (91*).

Virat Kohli Becomes The 1st Cricketer To Feature In Finals Of Every ICC Event
Virat Kohli shakes a leg after India wins 2013 CT [Image- Getty]
Two years later, Virat Kohli smashed a match-winning 43 off 34 balls against England in a rain-curtailed ICC Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston.

After having won three ICC finals in a row, Kohli has a great opportunity to make a quadruple and he was well on his way towards achieving as he smashed a whirlwind 77 off 58 balls but poor batting display from Yuvraj Singh (11 off 22 balls) meant that India could only manage 130 runs, which they failed to defend.

Virat Kohli suffered yet another setback three years later, this time as a captain, as India lost the Champions Trophy final to Pakistan by 180 runs.

Now in 2021, as Virat leads India in the first-ever ICC World Test Championship final, a great opportunity awaits the legendary cricketer.

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Yash Mittal

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