Virat Kohli (born 5 November 1988) is an Indian cricketer who currently captains the India national team. A right-handed top-order batsman, Kohli is regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world. He plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has been the team’s captain since 2013. Since October 2017, he has been the top-ranked ODI batsman in the world and is currently 2nd in Test rankings with 886 points. Among Indian batsmen, Kohli has the best Test rating (937 points), ODI rating (911 points), and T20I rating (897 points).
Date of Birth– 5 November 1988
Age (as in 2019)– 31 Year
Nick Name– Chikoo
Birthplace– Delhi, India
Zodiac sign– Scorpio
Hometown– Delhi, India
School– Vishal Bharti Public School, Delhi Saviour Convent; Senior Secondary School, Paschim Vihar, Delhi
Educational Qualification– 12th standard
Profession– Indian Cricketer (Batsman)
Father– Late Prem Kohli (Criminal lawyer)
Mother– Saroj Kohli (Homemaker)
Sister– Bhawna Kohli (Elder)
Brother- Vikas Kohli (Elder)
Coach/Mentor – Raj Kumar Sharma
Marital Status– Married
Affairs/Girlfriends:- Sarah-Jane Dias (Actress, rumor)/Sanjana (Model, Actress, rumor)/Tamannaah Bhatia (Actress, rumor)/Izabelle Leite (Brazilian model, rumor)/Mansha Bahl (Model, Actress)/Anushka Sharma (Actress)
Wife/Spouse – Anushka Sharma
Marriage Date– 11 December 2017
Food Habit– Vegetarian (turned vegetarian in October 2019)
Address – DLF City Phase-1, Block-C, Gurugram
Likes & Dislikes:-
Likes– Watching Roger Federer playing, watching old cricket videos, he likes Soccer and Tennis beside Cricket, Loves to drive, crazy for sushi (food), meeting old friends
Dislikes– Too many guests at home, sitting idle for a long time
Hobbies:- Workout, traveling, singing, dancing
Physical Stats & More:-
Height (approx.) in centimeters– 175 cm
in meters– 1.75 m
in Feet Inches– 5’ 9”
Eye Colour– Dark Brown
Hair Colour– Black
Kohli Net Worth– Rs.688 Crore
Personal Properties– Rs.42 Crore
Luxury Cars Owned – 6- Rs.9 Crore
IPL Fee per Season– Rs.14 Crore
Match Fee PER YEAR– Rs 1.25 crore
T20 Match Fee– Rs.2,00,000
Investments- Rs.18 Crore
PY Income Tax– Rs.28 Crore
VIRAT KOHLI SALARY:-
Virat is a Grade A player and according to the BCCI central contracts, he earns hefty sums as a player alone. As a grade-A player he gets $190,000 (1.25 crore) as his retainer fee on an annual basis and receives Rs 5 lakh, 3 lakh, and 1.50 lakhs for playing a Test match, ODI match and a T20 match respectively. In all, he earns around $2 million yearly. His salary even includes 5 crores as a bonus amount.
Source of wealth – Cricket, Advertisement
Salary- Rs 5 crores
Endorsements – Puma, MRF, Audi, Tissot, Toyota, Boost Drink, BSF (Border Security Force), Fastrack, Nike, Red Chief Shoes, Manyavar, TVs, Fair and Lovely, Pepsi Ad, Flying Machine Ad.
Income from Endorsements:-Kohli is known to make a huge income from endorsements of more than INR 17 crore. He charges Rs.2 crore per day against Dhoni’s 1.5 crores. Kohli signs contracts for about 3 days with per day charge of Rs 2 crore, equivalent to cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar. Brands utilize those three days in photo shoots, press briefings along with other appearances. Currently, Kohli has signed deals with many popular companies and some of them are Manyavar, Pepsi, Cinthol Deo, Boost, Fastrack, Reebok, Godrej, Head & shoulders and Nestle India
Charity:-Virat Kohli Foundation (VKF), Charity football, Social media campaigns
Virat Kohli car collection:- Audi R8 LMX Limited Edition,Audi R8 V10,Audi A8L W12 Quattro,Audi S6,Audi Q7 45 TDI,Audi Q7 4.2 TDI,Toyota Fortuner 4X4,Renault Duster,Range Rover Vogue,BMW 7 Series.
Cricketer(s):-Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar, Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, David Warner, Joe Root, Herschelle Gibbs
Bowler:- Shane Warne
Cricket Ground:-Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, Australia
Cricket Commentator:-Harsha Bhogle
Food:-Salmon, Sushi, Lamb Chops
Actor(s):-Aamir Khan, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr.
Actresses:-Penelope Cruz, Aishwarya Rai, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif
Bollywood:-Border, Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Ishq, 3 Idiots
Hollywood:-Rocky 4, Iron Man, SouthpawTV Show(s)American:-Homeland, Narcos, Breaking Bad
Book:- Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda
Basketball Player:- Kobe Bryant
Profession – Indian Cricketer (Batsman)
Jersey Number-#18 (India)/#18 (IPL)
Domestic/State-Team Delhi, India Red, Royal Challengers Bangalore
Nature on the field- Very Aggressive
Likes to play against – Pakistan, Australia
Favourite Shot – Cover Drive, Flick Shot
Bowling- Right-arm medium
Role- Top-order batsman
TEAM:- India, Delhi, India Red, India U19, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Board President XI, North Zone, Indians, India A, Asia XI
National side- India (2008–present)
Test debut (cap 269)-20 June 2011 v West Indies
Last Test-29 February 2020 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 175)-18 August 2008 v Sri Lanka
Last ODI-11 February 2020 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no.-18
T20I debut (cap 31)-12 June 2010 v Zimbabwe
Last T20I-31 January 2020 v New Zealand
T20I shirt no.-18
Domestic team information:-
|2008–present||Royal Challengers Bangalore (squad no. 18)|
Virat Kohli was born on 5 November 1988 in Delhi into a Punjabi Hindu family. His father, Prem Kohli, worked as a criminal lawyer and his mother, Saroj Kohli, is a housewife. He has an older brother, Vikas, and an older sister, Bhavna. According to his family, when he was three-years-old, Kohli would pick up a cricket bat, start swinging it and ask his father to bowl at him.
Kohli was raised in Uttam Nagar and started his schooling at Vishal Bharti Public School. In 1998, the West Delhi Cricket Academy was created and a nine-year-old Kohli was part of its first intake. Kohli’s father took him to the academy after their neighbors suggested that “Virat shouldn’t waste his time in gully cricket and instead join a professional club”. Kohli trained at the academy under Rajkumar Sharma and also played matches at the Sumeet Dogra Academy at Vasundhara Enclave at the same time. Sharma recounts Kohli’s early days at his academy, “He oozed talent. It was so difficult to keep him quiet. He was a natural in whatever he did and I was most impressed with his attitude. He was ready to bat at any spot, and I had to literally push him home after the training sessions. He just wouldn’t leave.” In ninth grade, he shifted to Saviour Convent in Paschim Vihar to help his cricket practice. Apart from sports, Kohli was good at academics as well, and his teachers remember him as “a bright and alert child”. Kohli’s family lived in Meera Bagh until 2015 when they moved to Gurgaon.
Kohli’s father died on 18 December 2006 due to a stroke after being bed-ridden for a month. Regarding his early life, Kohli has said in an interview, “I’ve seen a lot in life. Losing my father at a young age, the family business not doing too well, staying in a rented place. There were tough times for the family… It’s all embedded in my memory.” According to Kohli, his father supported his cricket training during his childhood, “My father was my biggest support. He was the one who drove me to practice every day. I miss his presence sometimes.”
Youth and domestic career:- Kohli first played for Delhi Under-15 team in October 2002 in the 2002–03 Polly Umrigar Trophy. He was the leading run-scorer for his team in that tournament with 172 runs at an average of 34.40. He became the captain of the team for the 2003–04 Polly Umrigar Trophy and scored 390 runs in 5 innings at an average of 78 including two centuries and two fifties. In late 2004, he was selected in the Delhi Under-17 team for the 2003–04 Vijay Merchant Trophy. He scored 470 runs in four matches at an average of 117.50 with two hundred and top-score of 251*. Delhi Under-17s won the 2004–05 Vijay Merchant Trophy in which Kohli finished as the highest run-scorer with 757 runs from 7 matches at an average of 84.11 with two centuries. In February 2006, he made his List A debut for Delhi against Services but did not get to bat.
In July 2006, Kohli was selected in the India Under-19 squad on its tour of England. He averaged 105 in the three-match ODI series against England Under-19s and 49 in the three-match Test series. India Under-19 went on to win both the series. At the conclusion of the tour, the India Under-19 coach Lalchand Rajput was impressed with Kohli and said, “Kohli showed strong technical skills against both pace and spin”.
In September, the India Under-19 team toured Pakistan. Kohli averaged 58 in the Test series and 41.66 in the ODI series against Pakistan Under-19s. Kohli made his first-class debut for Delhi against Tamil Nadu in November 2006, at the age of 18, and scored 10 in his debut innings. He came into the spotlight in December when he decided to play for his team against Karnataka on the day after his father’s death and went on to score 90. He went directly to the funeral after he was dismissed. Delhi captain Mithun Manhas said, “That is an act of great commitment to the team and his innings turned out to be crucial,” while coach Chetan Chauhan lauded Kohli’s “attitude and determination.” His mother noted that “Virat changed a bit after that day. Overnight he became a much more mature person. He took every match seriously. He hated being on the bench. It’s as if his life hinged totally on cricket after that day. Now, he looked like he was chasing his father’s dream which was his own too.” He scored a total of 257 runs from 6 matches at an average of 36.71 in that season.
In April 2007, he made his Twenty20 debut and finished as the highest run-getter for his team in the Inter-State T20 Championship with 179 runs at an average of 35.80. In July–August 2007, the India Under-19 team toured Sri Lanka. In the triangular series against Sri Lanka Under-19s and Bangladesh Under-19s, Kohli was the second-highest run-getter with 146 runs from 5 matches. In the two-match Test series that followed, he scored 244 runs at an average of 122 including a hundred and a fifty.
In February–March 2008, Kohli captained the victorious Indian team at the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup held in Malaysia. Batting at number 3, he scored 235 runs in 6 matches at an average of 47 and finished as the tournament’s third-highest run-getter and one of the three batsmen to score a hundred in the tournament. His century (100 runs from 74 balls) against the West Indies Under-19s in the group stage, which was called “the innings of the tournament” by ESPNcricinfo, gave India a 50-run victory and earned Kohli the man of the match. Kohli picked up a leg injury during the match but recovered in time to play the quarter-final match against England Under-19s. He was instrumental in India’s three-wicket semi-final win over New Zealand Under-19s in which he took 2/27 and scored 43 in the tense run-chase and was awarded the man of the match. He scored 19 against South Africa Under-19s in the final which India won by 12 runs (D/L method).
Following the Under-19 World Cup, Kohli was bought by the Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore for $30,000 on a youth contract. In June 2008, Kohli and his Under-19 teammates, Pradeep Sangwan and Tanmay Srivastava were awarded the Border-Gavaskar scholarship. The scholarship allowed the three players to train for six weeks at Cricket Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Brisbane. In July 2008, he was included in India’s 30-man probable squad for the ICC Champions Trophy which was to be held in Pakistan in September 2008. He was also picked in the India Emerging Players squad for the four-team Emerging Players Tournament in Australia. He was in fine form in that tournament and scored 206 runs in six matches at an average of 41.20.
In August 2008, Kohli was included in the Indian ODI squad for the tour of Sri Lanka and the Champions Trophy in Pakistan. Prior to the Sri Lankan tour, Kohli had played only eight List A matches, and his selection was called a “surprise call-up”. During the Sri Lankan tour, as both first-choice openers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were injured, Kohli batted as a makeshift opener throughout the series. He made his international debut, at the age of 19, in the first ODI of the tour and was dismissed for 12. He made his first ODI half-century, a score of 54, in the fourth match which helped India win the series. He had scores of 37, 25, and 31 in the other three matches. India won the series 3–2 which was India’s first ODI series win against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.
After the Champions Trophy was postponed to 2009, Kohli was picked as a replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan in India A squad for the unofficial Tests against Australia A in September 2008. He batted only once in the two-match series and scored 49 in that innings. Later that month in September 2008, he played for Delhi in the Nissar Trophy against SNGPL (winners of Quaid-i-Azam Trophy from Pakistan) and top-scored for Delhi in both innings, with 52 and 197. The match was drawn but SNGPL won the trophy on first-innings lead. In October 2008, Kohli played for Indian Board President’s XI in a four-day tour match against Australia. He made 105 and 16* in that match against a bowling line-up consisting of Brett Lee, Stuart Clark, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, and Jason Krejza.
Kohli was included in the squad for the home ODI series against England in November 2008 but was not given a chance to play, due to the inclusion of Tendulkar and Sehwag in the team. In December 2008, Kohli was given a Grade D contract in the annual BCCI contracts list which entitled him to receive ₹1.5 million (equivalent to ₹3.4 million or US$47,000 in 2019). He was then dropped from the squad for the five-match ODI series in Sri Lanka against Sri Lanka in January 2009.
Kohli was selected in the four-team Emerging Players Tournament in July–August 2009 held in Australia. He opened the innings for India Emerging Players in that tournament and finished as the leading run-getter with 398 runs from seven matches at an average of 66.33. He scored 104 off 102 balls in the final against South Africa Emerging Players at Brisbane to help his team win the match by 17 runs and clinch the title.
Kohli returned to the national team replacing the injured Gautam Gambhir in the Indian squad for the tri-series in Sri Lanka. He batted at number 4 for India in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy because of an injury to Yuvraj Singh. In the inconsequential group match against the West Indies, Kohli scored an unbeaten 79 in India’s successful chase of 130 and won his first man of the match award. Kohli played as a reserve batsman in the seven-match home ODI series against Australia, appearing in two matches as an injury replacement. He found a place in the home ODI series against Sri Lanka in December 2009 and scored 27 and 54 in the first two ODIs before making way for Yuvraj who regained fitness for the third ODI. However, Yuvraj’s finger injury recurred leading to him being ruled out indefinitely. Kohli returned to the team in the fourth ODI at Kolkata and scored his first ODI century–107 off 111 balls–sharing a 224-run partnership for the third wicket with Gambhir, who made his personal best score of 150. India won by seven wickets to seal the series 3–1.
Tendulkar was rested for the tri-nation ODI tournament in Bangladesh in January 2010, which enabled Kohli to play in each of India’s five matches. Against Bangladesh, he scored 91 to help secure a win after India collapsed to 51/3 early in their run-chase of 297. In the next match against Sri Lanka, Kohli ended unbeaten on 71 to help India win the match with a bonus point having chased down their target of 214 within 33 overs. The next day, he scored his second ODI century, against Bangladesh, bringing up the mark with the winning runs. He became only the third Indian batsman to score two ODI centuries before their 22nd birthday, after Tendulkar and Suresh Raina. Kohli was much praised for his performances during the series in particular by the Indian captain Dhoni. Although Kohli made only two runs in the final against Sri Lanka in a four-wicket Indian defeat, he finished as the leading run-getter of the series with 275 runs from five innings at an average of 91.66. In the three-match ODI series at home against South Africa in February, Kohli batted in two games and had scores of 31 and 57.
Indian Premier League:-
In March 2008, Kohli was bought on a youth contract by the Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore for $30,000. He had an indifferent 2008 season, with a total of 165 runs in 12 innings at an average of 15.00 and a strike rate of 105.09. He fared slightly better in the second season in which he made a total of 246 runs at 22.36, striking at over 112, while his team made it as far as the final. In the 2010 season, Kohli was the third-highest run-getter for his team with 307 runs, averaging 27.90 and improving his strike rate to 144.81.
Ahead of the 2011 season, Kohli was the only player retained by the Royal Challengers franchise. Kohli was made vice-captain of the team that year and also captained the team in a few matches when the regular skipper Daniel Vettori was injured. The Royal Challengers coach Ray Jennings opined that the 22-year-old would become the future captain of not only the franchise but also the Indian team. Kohli was the second-highest run-getter of the season, only behind teammate Chris Gayle, and his team finished as runners-up of the IPL. Kohli accumulated a total of 557 runs at an average of 46.41 and a strike rate of over 121 including four fifties. In the 2012 IPL, he was moderately successful, averaging 28 for his 364 runs.
After Vettori’s retirement, Kohli was appointed as the team’s captain for the 2013 season. The Royal Challengers finished fifth on the league table that year, but Kohli found success with the bat. Averaging 45.28, he hit a total of 634 runs at a strike rate of over 138 including six fifties and a top-score of 99 and finished as the season’s third-highest run-scorer. Bangalore finished seventh in the next season in which Kohli made 359 runs at 27.61. He found success with the bat in the 2015 IPL in which he led his team to the playoffs. He finished fifth on the season’s leading run-getters list with 505 runs at an average of 45.90 and a strike rate of more than 130.
At the 2016 IPL, the Royal Challengers finished runners-up and Kohli broke the record for most runs in an IPL season (of 733 runs) by scoring 973 runs in 16 matches at an average of 81.08, winning the Orange Cap as well as Most-valuable Player Award of Vivo IPL 2016. He scored four centuries in the tournament, having never scored one in the Twenty20 format before the start of the season, and also became the first player to reach the 4000-run milestone in the IPL. At the launch event of his biography, ‘Driven: The Virat Kohli Story’ in New Delhi, in October 2016, Kohli announced that RCB would be the IPL franchise that he would permanently play for.
Kohli missed the start of the 2017 season due to a shoulder injury. Moreover, RCB finished the tournament at the bottom of the table, with Kohli scoring the most runs for his team, with 308 from 10 matches. On the occasion of the 10 year anniversary of IPL, he was also named in the all-time Cricinfo IPL XI. In the 2018 season, Kohli was retained by RCB for a price of ₹170 million (US$2.4 million), the highest for any player that year. On 28 March 2019, he became the second player to reach 5000 IPL runs after Suresh Raina.
*2013 – Arjuna Award
*2017 – Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award.
*2018 – Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
*Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year): 2017, 2018
*ICC ODI Player of the Year: 2012, 2017, 2018
*ICC Test Player of the Year: 2018
*ICC ODI Team of the Year: 2012, 2014, 2016 (captain), 2017 (captain), 2018 (captain), 2019 (captain)
*ICC Test Team of the Year: 2017 (captain), 2018 (captain), 2019 (captain)
*ICC Spirit of Cricket:2019
*Polly Umrigar Award for International Cricketer of the Year: 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18
*Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World: 2016, 2017, 2018
*CEAT International Cricketer of the Year: 2011–12, 2013–14, 2018-19
*Barmy Army – International Player of Year: 2017, 2018
*A stand at Arun Jaitley Stadium is named Virat Kohli Stand on 12 September 2019.
Other honors and awards-
*People’s Choice Awards India For Favourite Sportsperson: 2012
*CNN-News18 Indian of the Year 2017
Some Lesser Known Facts About Virat Kohli:-
*Does Virat Kohli smoke?: Not Known
*Does Virat Kohli drink alcohol?: Yes
*Since the age of 3, Virat was fascinated by cricket.
*When he was 9½ years old, his father took him to Raj Kumar Sharma’s West Delhi Cricket Academy.
*In 2003, his coach Raj Kumar Sharma had invited Ashish Nehra to his academy, where he awarded young Kohli as he was the highest run-scorer for Delhi in the 2002-2003 Polly Umrigar Trophy, with 172 runs at an average of 34.40.
*His nickname ‘Chikoo’ was given by his Delhi State coach Ajit Chaudhary in his childhood days.
*His favorite subject was ‘History’, and he used to hate ‘Maths.’
*In 2006, his father died of a brain stroke, but the very next day after his father’s death, he played a match-saving knock for Delhi against Karnataka, where he scored 90 runs.
*He never had any backup plan for his future as he always wanted to be a cricketer.
*He has a number of superstitions. He wears black wristbands, and never forgets to wear his ‘Kada’ before his matches.
*He is scared of heights.
*He doesn’t like to have long conversions on the mobile phone.
*He always wears black wristbands for superstitious reasons.
*He is very aggressive as well as an emotional person, he cries when he gets upset. He was seen crying on the field when India did not qualify for the semi-finals in 2012’s T20 World cup.
*He won the ICC ODI Player of the Year Award in 2012.
*In 2012, he was named as one of the 10 best dressed international men.
*He was given the Arjuna Award (2013) and Padma Shri Award (2017) by the Government of India.
*The same year, he was appointed the first brand ambassador of Border Security Force (BSF).
*He is a huge fan of Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer. He is also the co-owner of the ‘UAE Royals’ International Premier Tennis League team.
*He loves tattoos and his count of tattoos keeps on increasing. The first on his left shoulder is ‘God’s eye’ which is a symbol of the power of seeing and understanding that which is unknown and unknowable. Second on his left shoulder is ‘Japanese Samurai warrior’ which is a symbol of living the life based on loyalty to one’s master, self-discipline, and respectful, ethical behavior. Third, on his left arm is a ‘Monastery’ which is a symbol of a place of peace and power. Fourth on his left arm is ‘Lord Shiva in meditation with Mount Kailash and Mansarovar lake.’ Fifth on his right bicep is a ‘Scorpion’ which is his Zodiac sign.
*He owns a restaurant in Delhi called ‘ Nueva.’
*He is a decent singer, and in 2016, a video of him singing “Jo Wada Kiya Hai Nibhana Padhega” had gone viral.
*He is a truly determined sportsperson, who is not only focused on his cricketing skills but also towards fitness, for which he is idolized by many.
*On 11 December 2017, Virat and Anushka got married in a private ceremony in Tuscany, Italy.
*On 25 September 2018, the Government of India conferred Virat Kohli with the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
*In October 2019, he revealed that he had turned vegetarian and said that after turning vegetarian, he was feeling better and proud.