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Virat Kohli was born on 5 November 1988 in Delhi into a Punjabi 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.
An Indian cricketer whose playing style and form is incredible is none other than Virat Kohli. He is the famous Indian cricketer who currently captains the Indian Cricket team. This right-handed top-order batsman is considered to be one of the top batsmen in the world.
Kohli captained India Under-19s to victory at the 2008 Under 2008 Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia, and a few months later, made his ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka at the age of 19. Initially having played as a reserve batsman in the Indian team, he soon established himself as a regular in the ODI middle-order and was part of the squad that won the 2011 World Cup.
Kohli was appointed the vice-captain of the ODI team in 2012 and handed over the Test captaincy following Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Test retirement in 2014. In early 2017, he became the limited-overs captain as well after Dhoni stepped down from the position. In ODIs, Kohli has the second highest number of centuries and the highest number of centuries in run-chases in the world.
He was given the Arjuna Awards in 2013, the Padma Shri under the sports category in 2017 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the highest sporting honour in India, in 2018. Kohli is ranked as one of the world’s most famous athletes by ESPN and one of the most valuable athlete brands by Forbes.
On 11th December 2017 Virat married Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma. “Today we have promised each other to be bound in love forever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you. This beautiful day will be made more special with love and support of our families of fans & well wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey.” Virat Kolhi said during his marriage with Anushka Sharma.
This year Virat Kohli is celebrating his birthday with his spouse in a very peace way. “What a blessing to be able to visit such divine places with my soulmate. Also thank you everyone for your kind wishes from the bottom of my heart.”, Virat Kohli tweeted along with a photo with Anushka Sharma.