Indian skipper Virat Kohli may be the idol of many budding cricketers but as a youngster, Kohli idolised Herschelle Gibbs. The former South Africa batsman himself shared a video on Twitter in which Kohli, who led India U-19 in the 2008 World Cup, called Gibbs as his favourite cricketer while giving his introduction.

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“Virat Kohli, captain, right-handed batsman and my favourite cricketer is Herschelle Gibbs,” he said in the video.

Kohli had successfully led India U-19 to a title victory where they defeated South Africa in the final. Ravindra Jadeja, Saurabh Tiwary, Manish Pandey and Siddarth Kaul are other members of that U-19 team who went on to play for Inia.

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Jadeja is a regular member of the Indian team across formats while Pandey made his comeback to the side after World Cup 2019.

Kohli is now the top-most cricketers across formats and is hailed as one of the best batsmen. During the second T20I of the series against South Africa recently, he became the only cricketer to possess an average of 50+ across formats at the same time, presently.

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Kohli, who leads India across formats, was appointed as Test captain in 2014, after the retirement of MS Dhoni. On the tour of West Indies in 2019, he became most successful India Test captain, overtaking 27 wins by Dhoni.

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Virat Kohli. Credit: BCCI

He took over as team India’s limited-overs captain after Dhoni relinquished the position early in 2017. Since then, he has led India in two ICC tournaments.

At ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, he led the team to the final. At World Cup 2019, team India made it to the semi-final where they lost to New Zealand. Next year, he will be leading India in T20 World Cup for the first time.

Talking of his batting records, he has already broken many of Sachin Tendulkar’s records and is likely to break his record of 10 centuries in international cricket.

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Kohl has 6749 runs in Tests, 11520 runs in ODIs and 24441 runs in T20Is. Last year, he became the quickest batsman to score 10,000 runs in ODIs. In the previous T20I against South Africa, he also became the highest run-scorer in the shortest format.