13 Years Ago, Exactly the same day, Virat Kohli, a fiery aggressive young lad who was the U19 WorldCup-winning captain made his International debut on 18 August 2021 in an ODI against Sri Lanka in Dambulla.
The right-handed batsman from Delhi was presented his India chance after he won India the U19 World Cup in 2008. Kohli opened the batting in all the five matches of that Sri Lanka series in the absence of both the then openers Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar,
But Kohli did not meet the expectations but he made some useful contributions in all the matches and scored his maiden fifty in the 4th ODI of the series in Colombo.
But after the return of the regular openers, Kohli was dropped. After some series, he had been finally given a chance in the team for the tri-nation series in Sri Lanka comprises New Zealand as the third team. Virat scored 79 not out against West Indies in Champions trophy which was his best contribution until then.
Though VK scored a match-winning unbeaten 79 in that innings the first century he scored against Sri Lanka in a very important chase is the one innings that changed the course of Kohli’s career. From there on, he never looked back and scored runs like a run machine and smashed records for fun in white-ball cricket.
Kohli announced his presence in Tests against West Indies in 2011 and came to his own when he smashed a fighting century against Australia in Adelaide in 2012.
The young man was given the captaincy to lead India after Dhoni retired from Test cricket in the middle of the Australia tour in 2014-15. He then took charge as captain of India in all three formats after Dhoni stepped down from captaincy in the year 2017.
A Modern-day Legend
Virat Kohli is rated as one of the best batsmen across formats and is currently one of the modern-day legends. The Indian captain has already scored nearly 23K international runs. In the 94 Tests played, he has piled on 7609 runs at an average of 51.41. He has already scored 27 Test tons in Test cricket to date.
He has a great record in white-ball cricket. In 254 ODIs played, he scored 12,169 runs at an average of 59.07 and at a strike rate of 93.17. His 43 hundred are the most by any current player in ODI cricket and second-most for any player in the world after Sachin. Virat is only 8 behind in the list as Sachin scored 51 ODI centuries.
The stylish batsman has scored 3159 runs in 90 T20Is at an average of 52.65. He is now the most successful Indian Test captain But has not been at his best in 2021 and is looking for a big score in the current England vs India 2021 series to put an end to the 2 years of the century drought in international cricket.
BCCI tweeted on his 13th Anniversary in Internation cricket