As a batsman and now captain of the Indian cricket team across all formats, Virat Kohli epitomises enthusiasm, enterprise and excellence. To describe him as one of the ‘most dominant’ contemporary batsman in international cricket would be an understatement.
The overwhelming nature of his performances in all three forms of the game resulted in his being ranked the world’s second-best batsman in Tests and ODIs, and the best in T20 Internationals, in 2017.
Virat became a household name in early 2008, when he led India to victory in the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup, played in Malaysia. He made his ‘senior’ international debut later that year, and proved his mettle in the shorter forms of the game in the next couple of seasons.
In his almost ten-year-long international career, Virat has displayed a penchant for combating and conquering pressure. He seems set to continue in the same vein, if his performances in recent years are anything to go by.
Virat’s global brand has now gone beyond cricket and he is one of the world’s most popular athletes, with over 22 millions followers on Instagram and host of brands behind him. In 2018 Virat will lead the Indian cricket team on a much-anticipated tour of Australia.