Back in 2008, the world saw the first glimpse of Virat Kohli, leading the Indian U-19 side leading India to World Cup triumph in Malaysia. He was hailed as the next big thing in the Indian cricket and slowly and steadily as the years passed, he became a national icon and gained the love of an entire nation.
Cricket fans all over the globe are well aware of the innumerable records that Kohli has broken and has single-handedly carried the team to victory on numerous occasion. As he turns 30 today we look at various records he broke this year.
Kohli recently scored three back to back centuries against West Indies in the recent ODI series making him the first Indian batsman to achieve the feat.
During the series, he also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record of becoming the fastest to complete 10,000 runs in the format. He reached the landmark in just 205 innings.
Kohli became the 13th overall and fifth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (18426), Sourav Ganguly (11221) and Rahul Dravid (10768) to join the elite club.
This is not the first time that he scored 1000 runs in a single calendar year. He achieved the feat six times in his career so far (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017 and 2018). This year, he reached the 1000 run mark in just 11 innings and surpassing the record held jointly by him and Hashim Amla with 15.
Kohli now also has 150-plus scores in ODIs four times.I
His exploits with the batting continued in the longer format of the game as well. He scored 286 in three Tests in South Africa, he then amassed 593 runs in England and signed off with 184 in the two-match series against West Indies at home.
Kohli, in only 10 matches in 2018, aggregated 1063 runs and will play three most Tests in Australia in December.
King Kohli also completed 2000 runs in Twenty20 Internationals this year becoming the fastest to achieve the feat.