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Virat Kohli turns 31: A recap of 31 incredible feats by ‘Captain Fearless’

India's most elite batsman and current skipper Virat Kohli turned 31 on Tuesday (November 5). Arguably one of India's most decorated batsmen, the right-hander has so far tumbled several records through his elegant batting display.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: November 5, 2019 7:26:14 am
Virat Kohli turned 31 on Tuesday. (File Photo)

India’s most elite batsman and current skipper Virat Kohli turned 31 on Tuesday (November 5). Arguably one of India’s most decorated batsmen, the right-hander has so far tumbled several records through his elegant batting display.

Leading India to their 11th consecutive Test series victory at home, Kohli currently stands at the number 2 position in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen.

With ‘King Kohli’, turning 31, we highlight 31 of his most memorable records:

1. Virat Kohli-led U-19 side won the World Cup in 2008.

virat Virat Kohli made his debut on this day. (Twitter)

2. Virat Kohli is the second youngest cricketer to lead a side in Deodhar Trophy finals. He was 21 years and 124 days old when he led North Zone in the summit clash in the 2009-10 season.

3. Virat Kohli is the first batsman to score 20,000 international runs in a decade. The 31-year-old achieved this feat during India’s previous tour to West Indies, held earlier this year. During the third ODI against the hosts, the Indian skipper scored an unbeaten 114 off 99 balls to achieve this feat.

4. The Indian skipper is also the fastest batsman to complete 10,000 ODI runs. Kohli conquered this milestone in 2018 when he scored an unbeaten 157 against West Indies. It took 205 innings for the 31-year-old to achieve this feat while batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar had taken 259 innings to reach 10,000 ODI runs.

5. Virat Kohli is the fastest to score 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year. It took Kohli 11 innings to complete the milestone and in the process, he surpassed Hashim Amla, who had taken 15 innings to fetch to achieve the same.

Virat Kohli Virat Kohli looks ever-passionate about the game which results in success. (File Photo)

6. Kohli is the only cricketer to bag all the ICC annual individual awards in one year. Following his spectacular show in 2018, Kohli was awarded the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, ICC Test and the ODI Player of the Year.

7. The Indian skipper is the first player to smash three consecutive tons against two opponents. Kohli scored 133*, 108, and 106 against Sri Lanka between February 2012 to July 2012. Against West Indies in 2018, the 31-year-old scored 140, 157* and 107.

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8. Kohli has the most number of runs scored in a calendar year as a captain. In 2017, the right-handed batsman amassed 1460 runs, while batting at an average of 75-plus in 26 ODIs. The previous record was held by Australia’s Ricky Ponting, who had 1,424 runs under his name in 2007.

9. Despite exiting in the World Cup 2019 semi-finals, Virat Kohli became the first skipper to slam five consecutive fifties in the showpiece event. He scored 82, 77, 67, and 72 against Australia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and West Indies.

10. Virat Kohli is the first Test captain and the first Indian to fetch 1000 runs in three consecutive calendar years. Kohli scored 1215 runs in 2016, 1059 runs in 2017 and 1322 runs in 2018.

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11. Virat Kohli has the most number of double centuries scored by a Test captain.

12. With 973 runs in 2016, Virat Kohli holds the record for the maximum runs scored by an individual in a single edition of IPL.

13. Kohli is the fastest player to score 3000 ODI runs as a captain. He took 49 innings to complete this feat and in the process surpassed his RCB teammate AB de Villiers and former India skipper MS Dhoni.

14. He also holds the record for scoring the most number of centuries in one calendar year. Kohli scored 11 centuries in 2017 to surpass Ricky Ponting and Graeme Smith, who scored nine centuries each in one year.

15. Virat Kohli also holds the record for scoring the highest ODI individual score by a captain in West Indies. In the series against West Indies earlier this year, the right-handed batsman scored 120 off 125 balls in the second ODI.

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16. In 2018, Kohli became the fastest captain to 4000 Test runs. He achieved the milestone in his 65th innings. The previous record was held by Brian Lara, who took 71 innings to achieve the same feat.

17. Kohli holds the record for scoring most ODI centuries against Australia on home soil. Out of the eight centuries against the Aussies, five have at home in 18 ODIs.

18. Kohli is the fastest cricketer to reach 30 and 35 ODI centuries. He went past batting legend Sachin Tendulkar on both occasions. While Kohli reached the first milestone in 186 innings, Sachin took 267. Kohli’s 35th ODI century came in his 200th innings.

19. Kohli holds the record of scoring most runs while chasing in T20Is. He scored 1016 runs in 2017, overtaking Brendon McCullum’s tally of 1006 runs.

20. Kohli is the first captain to slam three consecutive hundreds in as many ODI games. He is also the first Indian player to achieve the landmark.

Virat Kohli is the first Indian to score a century against Pakistan in the World Cup. (Reuters/File Photo)

21. While chasing a target of 350 and above, Kohli has been in his supreme best. India has so far managed to chase down scores above 350 on three occasions and the Indian skipper has scored a century on all three occasions.

22. Kohli once dismissed former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen in the first ball of T20I match in 2011. The ball went down on the leg side, but thanks to Dhoni’s glovework Pietersen failed to reach the crease on time as the scoreboard read (ENG: 0/1 in 0.0 overs).

23. Making his World Cup debut in 2011 against Bangladesh, Kohli became the first Indian to score a hundred in his World Cup debut.

24. Virat Kohli is the first Indian to score a century against Pakistan in the World Cup. He scored 107 off 126 balls in India’s opening fixture against Pakistan in World Cup 2015.

25. He is the only Indian to complete tons in the opening games of successive World Cups (2011 and 2015).

Virat Kohli gestures after reaching his 50 against England. (AP/File Photo)

26. Virat Kohli leads the chart for scoring the highest runs in a bilateral ODI series. He amassed 558 runs in 6 games against South Africa in February 2018.

27. Kohli also is the first batsman to score 500 runs in a bilateral ODI series.

28. Kohli holds the record of scoring the maximum number of centuries in a single edition of IPL. The RCB skipper slammed four centuries in 2016.

29. During the recently-concluded Test series against South Africa, Virat Kohli went past Mohammad Azharuddin as the Indian captain to enforce the most number of follow-ons. Kohli enforced the follow-on for the 8th time as captain of India, Azharuddin had done it 7 times.

30. Kohli has the most number of 150-plus scores as a skipper. While it has crossed the 150-run figure nine times, Australian legend Sir Donald Bradman had gone past the mark on eight occasions.

31. Virat Kohli went past Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar for the most double hundreds in Test cricket by an Indian. Kohli now has 7 double centuries in 81 Tests.

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