India captain Virat Kohli is celebrating his 33rd birthday today on November 5, 2021, and will be readying to lead the Men in Blue against Scotland in the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 in Dubai. It is a crunch match for the Indian team who are hanging by a thread in their hopes of semi-final qualification.
Virat Kohli was born on this day in 1988 in Delhi to lawyer Prem Kohli and his wife Saroj Kohli. He also has a sister Bhavna and brother Vikas, both older than him. He received his cricket coaching from Rajkumar Sharma in West Delhi Cricket Academy.
Kohli was a star and protégé right from the start and made his Delhi debut in 2006. Unfortunately in the same year, Kohli lost his father to a massive heart attack, while he was in midst of the domestic match for Delhi. He then led the India U19 team to the World Cup win in 2008 in Malaysia.
He was quickly grabbed by the BCCI selectors and made his India ODI debut in 2008 and at the same time was picked by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in a player draft for the IPL 2008.
The right-handed batter has since then gone on to become one of the greatest with the willow in due time. He made his Test debut in 2011 and since then has created multiple records in all three formats of the game for the country.
Kohli currently has 7765 runs in 96 Tests, 12169 runs in 254 ODIs, and 3225 runs in 93 T20I matches and he averages over 50 in all three international formats. He has 70 centuries in total and also boasts of 8 international wickets as well.
Apart from the 2008 U19 World Cup win for India, Kohli was part of India’s 2011 World Cup victory and has led India to its first bilateral ODI series win in South Africa, and first-ever ODI and Test series win in Australia. He also led India to the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup. Recently, he beat England at home and enjoys a 2-1 lead in the paused Test series in England.
Under his captaincy, India enjoyed a five-year reign as the no.1 ranked Test team in the ICC rankings and he himself had a lengthy reign as the no.1 batter in Tests and ODIs, while holding a top-five position in all three formats of international cricket. He averages over 50 in Tests, ODIs, and T20Is for India.
He will step down as India T20I captain after the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 and would definitely wish for his reign to finish with an ICC trophy in the cabinet.
And as he celebrates his 33rd birthday today, Virat Kohli received much love and affection on social media from the cricket fraternity and the fans alike.
Here are the tweets:
— Shubman Gill (@ShubmanGill) November 5, 2021
— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) November 5, 2021
— Khaleel Ahmed 🇮🇳 (@imK_Ahmed13) November 5, 2021
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) November 5, 2021
— Ashoke Dinda (@dindaashoke) November 5, 2021
Happy Birthday skipper @imVkohli Wishing you all the success and love. Keep inspiring the younger generations with your game in cricket and make your country more proud! 🤗🇮🇳#HappyBirthdayViratKohli pic.twitter.com/Z8PpG6p3GP
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) November 5, 2021
Wishing @imVkohli a very happy birthday. I genuinely believe this year will be the start of the next peak he will scale in his career.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 5, 2021
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) November 5, 2021
Many happy returns of the day @imVkohli.
Wishing you a wonderful year ahead full of success, happiness and good health. pic.twitter.com/NEkI8HPcf3
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 5, 2021
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) November 5, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) November 5, 2021
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) November 5, 2021