Happy 30th Virat Kohli: Looking at the Little Master's records from birthday to birthday

posted on 2018-11-05 21:02:02
posted by Kausthub Swaminathan

A young chubby food-lover from a Punjabi origin, realized that if he wanted to achieve as a player in cricket, he had to make conscious choices. And now we are looking at all the records that he has broken in each year.

We all know the incredible commitment of Virat Kohli by now, as a captain, as a batsman and as a fielder! But, for him, this journey started around a decade ago. Speaking to Star Sports few years ago, the Indian skipper revealed that he dieted on just Channa and water for a whole month as a youngster. The rest, as they say, is history. Today we take a look back at Virat Kohli's records that're still standing, from birthday to birthday.

Kohli's ODI Arrival: 2011-2012

After scoring his maiden against Sri Lanka in 2009, Virat Kohli had an inconsistent run for a year and a half. But after scoring a hundred in his very first World Cup game in 2011, the flow got better as he had finished as the highest run-getter of the year in ODIs, with 1381 runs averaging 47.62.                                                   

In the CB ODI Tri-Series of 2012 the aggressive 22-year-old spearheaded an improbable (but successful!) chase, where India had to score 321 runs in 40 overs against Lanka to stay in the tournament.

All format potential 2012-2013

In the last match (at Nagpur) of the home series loss to England he scored another century. With that, he beat Michael Clarke to become the highest all-format run-scorer of 2012. Kohli had gotten more than 2000 runs. 

On January 19th 2013 Virat became the 12th Indian batsman to score 4000 ODI Runs. By doing so in 96 matches, he became the joint-fastest to the milestone.

In the 2013 edition of IPL the RCB player scored 634 runs in the season off 16 matches, the 3rd highest that year. But, he had broken Tendulkar's record of most runs as captain in a single IPL season.

The current ODI No. 1 broke the record for the fastest century by an Indian. In the 2nd One Day v Australia, he plundered a 100 off just 52 balls chasing 360 to win.

From Star to Superstar: 2013-2014

Virat Kohli scored at will in the 2014 World T20 at Bangladesh. It was the start of a 2-year run at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium where he has scored 472 runs in 11 innings. It is the most runs a batsman has scored in a single venue in T20 Internationals


In his first series as captain, Virat led his team to a 5-0 demolition of Sri Lanka. Although Rohit's 264 was the highlight, he scored more than 300 runs himself. He became only the 2nd batsman to score 1000+ ODI runs in 4 consecutive calendar years (2011-2014).  

Being a stand-in captain in the 1st Test in Australia, the Delhiite scored twin hundreds. He scored another 100 in the Boxing Day Test, setting up a draw in what would be Dhoni's last Test. Most people would've faltered under the pressure of a skipper retiring mid-series, but not Kohli.

He scored his 4th century of the series in the 4th match, thereby becoming the second player to score hundreds in each of their first 3 innings as captain. He also got the most runs by an Indian No.4 in a Test series with 692 runs, scoring the most runs by an Indian No.4 in a Test series in Australia 

Superstar to Modern Great 2015-2016

2016 raised serious questions of Virat Kohli. Some people, including Gavasakar doubted him, as to whether he's from an undiscovered planet. His record breaking run since turning 27 has forced us to list the records as points.

ODI records

A monumental IPL haul

Kohli got the most runs in a calendar year in T20Is, scoring a whopping 641 runs. He also became the first Indian Test captain to score 2 double hundreds. The last part of 2016 marked a big change for him. It was his desire to get daddy hundreds!


Test Cricket Records

ODI records

Kohli also set the record for Most innings - 48, without getting a T20I duck.


The fact that I started the article late afternoon and I'm finishing it at night(IST) speaks volumes of Virat Kohli as player. A feature intended to include around 700 words has crossed well over a thousand. You may wonder why? Well, King Kohli is like a records washing machine, he just keeps tumbling them! 

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