Skipper Virat Kohli turns 29 today and tweeter loaded with lots of wishes for the India’s run machine.The skipper celebrated his 29th birthday with the team after the second T20I against New Zealand in Rajkot, where the hosts lost the match by 40 runs. But Kohli become the 2nd highest run scorer in T20I now just behind New Zealand’s McCullum.
Top 5 Players with Most Runs in T20I
|B McCullum (NZ)||2005-2015||71||70||10||2140||123||35.66||136.21||2||13|
|V Kohli (IND)||2010-2017||54||50||14||1943||90*||53.97||137.5||0||18|
|T Dilshan (SL)||2006-2016||80||79||12||1889||104*||28.19||120.54||1||13|
|M Guptill (NZ)||2009-2017||63||61||7||1855||101*||34.35||130.35||1||10|
|Shoaib Malik (PAK)||2006-2017||92||86||24||1821||75||29.37||117.63||0||6|
Team mates and coach wished him in different style on twitter
Happy Birthday, @imVkohli. Have yet another fabulous year. God bless #HappyBirthdayVirat pic.twitter.com/33fCZye5cE
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) November 5, 2017
Revenge no. 1️⃣ 😂
Happy birthday, skipper- @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/mkv5KV08gH
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) November 4, 2017
A very happy birthday skipper @imVkohli who inspires,leads by example and who also makes us run fast between the wickets 🙂 have a gr8 one. pic.twitter.com/eOHin5CSLV
— ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) November 5, 2017
Chase Master. Modern Master. The Run Machine. Happy Birthday, Virat Kohli. Feels great that World’s best batsman is an Indian. pic.twitter.com/6b63FN3s4w
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 5, 2017
Virat Kohli is an Indian international cricketer and he is currently skipper of the Indian national team in all three formats. A right-handed batsman, often regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, he plays for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL), and has been the team’s skipper since 2013.
Under Virat Kohli’s captaincy in Under-19s ICC World Cup 2008 team led to victory in Malaysia, and a few months later, made his ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka at the age of 19. Initially having played as a reserve batsman in the Indian team, he soon established himself as a regular in the ODI middle-order and was part of the squad that won the 2011 World Cup. He made his Test debut in 2011.
- When he was just three, he would pick up a cricket bat and ask his father to bowl to him. He received his early schooling from Vishal Bharti Public School.
- His interest in cricket continued to grow; his father enrolled him to the West Delhi Cricket Academy when Virat was nine. He trained at the academy under Rajkumar Sharma and also played matches at the Sumit Dogra Academy.
- His father died in 2006 when Kohli was just 18. His father had been his biggest support and his early death pushed the family into a financial crisis. With more responsibilities on his young shoulders. This was the time when Kohli began taking the game even more seriously.
- In 2008, he led the Indian team to victory at the 2008 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup held in Malaysia. Following this, he was bought by the Indian Premier League franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore, for $30,000 on a youth contract.