Virat Kohli celebrates his 30th birthday today. He is rested for the T20I series against West Indies and hence, he is enjoying his family time with his wife Anushka Sharma. India are not missing him much though as they have enough firepower to beat a hapless Windies in the T20I series.
Kohli has dominated world cricket across all formats in the last few seasons and it has seen him rise as the no 1 batsman in world cricket across all formats.
Cricwizz takes a look at a few little-known things about the Indian skipper.
How Virat Kohli got his nickname Cheeku
Kohli said in an interview that during his Under-17 days, he had a haircut which made his ears looked big and hence, everyone called him ‘Cheeku’ (Rabbit). But Dhoni made it famous. “Eventually MS Dhoni started & stump mic did its job,” revealed Kohli.
Whom Virat Kohli fears the most?
Kohli, who has instilled fear in many bowlers, revealed in an interview that he was scared to play Lasith Malinga in 2011 World Cup final. “Mujhe darr lag raha tha Malinga yorker nahi dale (I was scared that Malinga will bowl yorkers), already I was nervous. But after 2-3 balls, I settled down,” Kohli said.
The best dressed
Did you know Virat Kohli was voted as one of the 10 best dressed international persons back in 2012? He even as his own fashion brand named WROGN
Anushka may have bowled Kohli over, but his first ever Bollywood crush is…
Karishma Kapoor. Yes, Virat had a boyish crush over Lolo. And Karishma would love to have an admirer in Kohli.
Kohli Kohli used to wear black wristbands before and the same gloves with which he was scoring. Now, he has been wearing a kara since 2012.
A tragedy brought out the best from Virat Kohli
Kohli was playing for Delhi against Karnataka in a Ranji Trophy match in 2006. Kohli was unbeaten on Day 2 at 40* and the team needed him the next day to save the follow-on. At 3 am next day, his father passed away. Kohli turned up for the match on the third day and scored a responsible 90 off 238 balls before running home to complete the last rites of his father.
Why Virat Kohli wears No 18 T-shirt
Kohli was 18 yrs old when his father Prem Kohli passed away on December 18, 2006. His father was a big supporter of Kohli. And Kohli wears No 18 as a tribute to this father. “My father was my biggest support. He was the one who drove me to practice every day. I miss his presence sometimes,” says Kohli.
The rare record
Did you know Kohli is the only batsman in cricket history to average more than 50 in Tests, ODIs and T20Is simultaneously?
The rare blemish
Kohli has had achieved many unbelievable records across all formats. But there is a record that he would like to improve on. Kohli has not scored a single fifty in ODI finals till date. In fact, he averages a dismal 22, aggregating just 154 runs in 5 ODI finals.
Most Valuable Brand
In 2017, Kohli was ranked higher of players such as Lionel Messi, Rory McIlroy and Stephen Curry as the Most Valuable Brand among athletes. Forbes ranked him 7th with an estimated brand value of $14.5 million.
The human side of Virat Kohli
Kohli also runs a charity named Virat Kohli Foundation which aims at helping underprivileged kids and conducts events to raise funds for them. Kohli also recently turned vegan as both he and his wife Anushka love animals, especially dogs. Kohli also refuses to endorse products that are not good for health.
Football is Kohli’s second love. He is the co-owner of Indian Super League club FC Goa. He is also interested in other sports such as tennis and wrestling. He is the co-owner of International Premier Tennis League franchise UAE Royals. He is also the co-owner of JSW-owned Bengaluru Yodhas franchise in Pro Wrestling League. He also co-owns a chain of gyms named Chisel.