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From ODI debut in 2008 to being No. 1 batsman: Virat Kohli completes 12 years in int’l cricket

Over the years, Virat Kohli has transformed into a supreme player and is now considered as one of the best in this business.

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: August 18, 2020 1:49:21 pm

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August 28, 2008. This was the day one of India’s most talented cricketer Virat Kohli made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka. The Indian skipper has come a long way in these 12 years.

Kohli played his first match an opening batsman replacing Virender Sehwag. He was only able to score 12 runs before being dismissed by the Lankan pacer Nuwan Kulasekara. It was the first match of the ODI series and India were bundled out on 146 runs in 46 overs, with Yuvraj Singh’s 23 emerging as the highest individual score from the Indian camp.

Over the years, Kohli has transformed into a supreme player and is now considered as one of the best in this business. He also leads Team India in all the three formats, and also is the captain of IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore.

He was also the fourth youngest cricketer to open for India in ODIs. Parthiv Patel currently holds the record, as he was just 18 years and 317 days old when the wicketkeeper-batsman opened for India in 2004. Yuvraj Singh, Vinod Kambli, Virat Kohli and Dilip Vengasarkar are the next five cricketers in the list.

The 31-year-old right-handed batsman has over 21 thousand international runs under his name. In 86 Tests, Kohli has scored 27 tons at an average of 53.26. In limited-over format, Kohli has delivered the most with his bat, scoring 43 centuries and 58 half-centuries in 239 innings.

In limited-over format, Kohli has delivered the most with his bat, scoring 43 centuries and 58 half-centuries in 239 innings.

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