Virat Kohli’s Glorious Journey: Celebrating 15 Years Of Excellence In Cricket
By CricShots - Aug 18, 2023 2:47 pm
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Exactly 15 years ago, a promising young batter named Virat Kohli made his debut on the international cricket stage. Hailing from Delhi, Kohli had already gained recognition for his exceptional leadership skills by guiding the Indian U-19 team to victory in the 2008 World Cup. This auspicious debut, however, didn’t unfold quite as expected. On his first international appearance in Dambulla, Virat Kohli managed just 12 runs, a rather anticlimactic beginning for a player with high expectations.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Nonetheless, he didn’t let this setback deter him, showcasing his potential as he emerged as the fourth-highest run-scorer in the series. This marked the beginning of an extraordinary journey, ultimately leading to one of the most remarkable careers in cricket history. Kohli’s rapid ascent in the cricketing world continued as he established himself as a vital player in the One Day International (ODI) format. He played a pivotal role in India’s triumph in the 2011 ODI World Cup. Subsequently, he transitioned to Test cricket, where he would eventually assume the captaincy.

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In 2014, following MS Dhoni’s retirement from Test cricket, Virat Kohli was entrusted with leading the team. His proactive and bold leadership style quickly became evident. In 2017, he was appointed captain across all formats, with his leadership marked by leading by example and making decisive decisions.

Despite facing criticism for his aggressive demeanor on the field, Kohli defended his approach, emphasizing that his passion and intensity fueled his motivation and concentration. Under his guidance, India achieved historic victories in Australia and secured a memorable triumph at Lord’s against England, which marked only India’s third Test win at the venue.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli’s tenure as captain saw him achieve significant milestones. He notched up 40 Test wins, a record for an Indian captain. His seven double centuries made him the captain with the most double hundreds in cricket history.

However, even cricketing greats experience slumps in form. Kohli encountered a three-year drought without scoring a century, sparking speculations about a potential decline. Critics called for his removal from the shortest format of the game. Ironically, he shattered his century drought with a spectacular ton against Afghanistan in T20Is, followed by a splendid run in the T20 World Cup.

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In 2023, Virat Kohli experienced a renaissance, ending his Test century drought and securing his 29th Test hundred against West Indies. Amidst this, he delivered ODI centuries against Sri Lanka, nearing Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI century tally of 49, with Kohli holding 76 international centuries across all formats.

At 34, Virat Kohli continues to demonstrate his prowess in cricket, poised to secure his second World Cup victory. After reaching the semi-finals in the last two editions, he is determined to propel India to the final and potentially claim the championship on November 19. This ongoing saga of Kohli’s career illustrates his enduring dominance and his relentless pursuit of excellence.

Here is how the netizens are celebrating the 15 years of excellence: