11 Facts About The Indian Cricket Captain – Virat Kohli

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Virat Kohli is one of the top cricketers in the world right now. In less than 30 years of his life, he has accomplished and done a whole lot. Hoping to get to know more about the batsman? Read on to know some interesting facts about Virat Kohli.

Blockbuster World Cup Debut

Virat Kohli was the first Indian to score a century on his world cup debut in 2011. Quite a way to kickstart the biggest cricket tournament.

Not Just A Football Team Owner

Most people know Virat owns a football team in the ISL but did you know that he is a co-owner of a tennis team too? UAE Royals, his team, plays in the International Premier Tennis League.

Good Luck Tattoo

It’s no secret that Kohli has many tattoos but did you know one of them, a golden dragon, is for good luck? Definitely seems to be working we say!

ICC ODI PLAYER 2012

Virat has been one of the most explosive players of his time and so it should come as no surprise that he was awarded ICC ODI Player Of The Year Award at a young age of 23.

Forgettable First Year Of IPL

In his first IPL season all the way back in 2008, Virat Kohli had an average of only 15. He scored 165 runs throughout the season spanning across 12 matches

An RCBian for Life

While his first IPL season with RCB wasn’t great, Kohli has found major success in IPL thereafter. It was during the launch of his autobiography – Driven: The Virat Kohli Story, that he announced that he would always play for RCB franchise in the IPL. Today, RCB is synonymous with Virat Kohli and vice versa when it comes to IPL.

Raining Test Tons

In 2017, Virat Kohli became the first batsman to score four double hundreds in four consecutive series. Talk about being an in-form batsman!

The First To 100 Crore Club

2017 saw Virat Kohli signing an eight year deal with Puma worth Rs.110 crores.  This made him the first Indian sportsman to sign a Rs.100 crore brand deal ever.

No Relationship With Butter Chicken

In a recent interview with Gaurav Kapoor, Kohli spoke of not having eaten butter chicken in over four years! He said while initially, this was extremely tough, today he feels proud over this fact.

The Origin Of His Ultra Popular Nickname

The history of this nickname goes back all the way to a time when Kohli hadn’t even played T10 first-class matches. He was a part of the Delhi team playing a Ranji trophy match when he got a new haircut. It was upon asking his younger colleagues about the haircut did he get a response from Ajit Chowdhary, the assistant coach who was standing at a distance, “Not bad, you look like a cheeko (Sapodilla)!”

Not A Naturally High Metabolism – It’s All In The Hardwork

There is no doubt that Virat Kohli is one of the fittest cricketers around in the world. He’s also often attributed with making fitness a big part of the team in the way we see it today. However, Kohli doesn’t have a naturally high metabolism, unlike many other players. It is his strict regime which includes a diet of grilled chicken, veggies and seafood and over 3-hour workouts that keep his fitness levels so high.

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