Who would have imagined, a boy who had scored only 12 runs in his debut match would come a long way to become No. 1 batsman of the world.
Completing 11 years in international cricket, Virat Kohli looks back on his journey to become a successful and accomplished batsman in the cricketing world. Sharing a picture of himself in the initial days along with a picture of him today, expressing his gratitude for the blessing god has bestowed upon him.
A message full of indebtedness that read, “From starting as a teenager on the same day in 2008 to reflecting on the journey 11 years after, I couldn’t have dreamt of the blessings God has showered me with. May you all get the strength and power to follow your dreams and always follow the right path. #forevergrateful.”
The Indian skipper completed 11 years in International Cricket on 18 August 2019. On 18 August 2008, Kohli made his debut in One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka at Rangiri Dambulla International stadium in Dambulla. The young cricketer only managed to score 12 runs for his side. His journey comprised of many ups and downs.
Kohli achieved his first century in 2009. And, since then he’s never looked back. The Indian skipper has played 239 ODIs while smashing 11,520 runs that comprises of 43 centuries and 54 half-centuries.
When speaking of Twenty20, Kohli made his debut in 2010 against Zimbabwe and made his Test debut in 2011 against West Indies. Kohli has showcased splendid skills in all forms of cricket and lead the Men in Blue in the recently concluded ICC mega event where his team did remarkably well in the group stage matches however, faced a disappointing exit in the Semi-Finals against New Zealand.
Virat Kohli received Arjun Award in 2013, Padma Shri in 2017 and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2018 for his fabulous game.