Virat Kohli turns 31: Cricket captain’s journey through the years

Virat Kohli turns 31: Cricket captain’s journey through the years

Delhi boy Virat Kohli, who is India's most elite batsman and current skipper, turned 31 on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.

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 broken several battin g records. (Source: AP)

Virat began training at the West Delhi Cricket Academy and made his first-class debut in November 2006. (Source: Express photo by Jasbir Malhi)

A picture of Virat Kohli with his childhood friends Sarvpreet Singh and Varun Sood during his U-16 days.

Having led India to its 11th consecutive Test series victory at home, Kohli is the second highest ranked batsmen in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen. (Source: Express photo)

Virat was picked for India’s Under-19 squad, and was eventually named captain for the U-19 World Cup, which India subsequently won. (Express Photo by Kevin D'Souza)

Virat Kohli first replaced MS Dhoni as India's Test captain, after the wicketkeeper announced his retirement during the Test series in Australia in April 2014. Kohli led India for the first time on 6 January 2015 in Sydney. (Source: Express Photo by Partha Paul)

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and Director Ravi Shastri at Taj Lands End, Bandra. (File/Express photo by Kevin DSouza)

Virat poses for photos for fans as his team arrives at training before their cricket test match against Australia in Sydney. Kohli is also India's most successful Test captain so far. (Source: AP)

Virat Kohli has been a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore since the inception of the Indian Premier League in 2008, and took over captaincy of the franchise in 2013. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

Virat shares a light moment with Ajinkya Rahane and others during the team practice ahead of test match againtst Australia at the MCA stadium in Gahunje, Pune. (Source: Express Photo by Arul Horizon)

Virat receiving the Arjuna Award during the National Sports Awards ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi in August 2013.. (Source: Express photo by Prem Nath)

Virat and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma tied the knot on 11 December, 2017 in Tuscany, Italy, with just family and close friends in attendance. (Source: Twitter)

Virat Kohli is the brand ambassador of multiple products. In this photo, Kohli attends an event as car company Audi's brand ambassador. Kohli owns a range of new-generation Audi cars including the Audi R8 LMX, which is a limited edition car. Other cars in his garage include Bentley Continental GT, Bentley Flying Spur, Audi A6, Audi RS4, Land Rover Range Vogue, Audi S5 and others. (Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

Virat Kohli shares a light moment with teammates. (Source: Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

Virat Kohli is the first Test captain and the first Indian to score 1000 runs in three consecutive calendar years. Kohli scored 1215 runs in 2016, 1059 runs in 2017 and 1322 runs in 2018. (Source: Express Photo by Partha Paul)