Virat Kohli celebrates his 28th Birthday on Saturday, November 5, and with each passing year the flambouyant right-handed batsman has raised the value of the Indian cricket team. Kohli’s “Virat” intensity, aggressive spirit and hunger to win have not only matured him as a player but also someone on whom the team can depend on. Kohli, in his career for India, has earned 48 Test and 176 ODI caps and, in 2014, he was appointed as India’s captain in the longest format of the game after MS Dhoni’s retirement. Widely regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world, Kohli is one of the few players to have found success in all three formats of the game and has scored Test, ODI and T20 centuries in his glittering career.
Under him, India regained the number one spot in the ICC Test rankings with their emphatic victories over New Zealand in the first two matches. India completed a 3-0 whitewash of the Kiwis, a match in which Kohli scored a double century as part of a mammoth 365-run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane for the fourth wicket in India’s first innings.
He thus became the first Indian captain to have scored two double centuries in his career, both of which came in the same year. At the end of the match, he was presented with the Test Mace.
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As Kohli turns 28, here’s how people wished India’s favorite star on Twitter.
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) 5 November 2016
— Jonty Rhodes (@JontyRhodes8) 5 November 2016
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) 5 November 2016
— ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) 5 November 2016
Kohli is currently busy with his Indian team’s preparation for a grueling five-match Test series against England.