[dropcap]I[/dropcap]t is India’s ‘run-machine’ Virat Kohli’s birthday today (November 5), and the cricket skipper turns 30. Bollywood actress and his wife Anushka Sharma shared pictures on Twitter holding Virat in her arms at a terrace, with a caption “Thank God for his birth.”
Social media is brimming over with birthday wishes for Virat Kohli, as millions of fans, veteran cricketers and other prominent personalities wished him success and joy.
Virat Kohli, nicknamed ‘Cheeku’, was born on November 5, 1988, in Delhi to a Punjabi family. When Cheeku was three-years old he would pick up a cricket bat, start swinging it and ask his father to ball at him.
When he was nine, the West Delhi Cricket Academy was inaugurated and Kohli was part of its first intake. At that time, a neighbour suggested his father, “Virat shouldn’t waste his time in gully cricket and instead join a professional club”.
Kohli went on to represent the city’s cricket team at various age-group levels. Apart from sports, he was also good at academics.
- India’s Under-19s won the 2008 Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia, under his captaincy.
- In August 2008, he made his ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka at the age of 19.
- Three years later, on June 20, 2011, he played his first Test match against West Indies.
- The right-handed top-order batsman is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the world.
- In 2014, he became the top-ranked T20I batsman in the ICC rankings, holding the position for three successive years until 2017. Since October 2017, he has been the top-ranked ODI batsman in the world and is currently the leading batsman in the Test rankings.
- Virat Kohli became the first Indian cricketer to hit three consecutive One Day International (ODI) hundreds.
- The Indian skipper also surpassed his idol Sachin Tendulkar’s one of the most celebrated records, when he became the fastest cricketer worldwide to touch 10,000-run mark in ODIs.
Check out how Twitter showered wishes on Kohli: