There seems to be no stopping Indian skipper Virat Kohli as a batsman and as a skipper across all formats. In fact, he is writing record books with his batting and captaincy exploits. He is creating many firsts as skipper and batsman across all formats in international cricket.
He will now enjoy a much-deserved break from international cricket after being rested for the last two ODIs against New Zealand and the following T20I series. But not before guiding India to a 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series against New Zealand.
Nevertheless, India have a reliable skipper in Rohit Sharma who too enjoys impeccable records as captain in limited-overs cricket whenever he has led India in the absence of Virat Kohli.
In the past year, Kohli has made many firsts and walked into record books as one of the greatest batsmen and skippers in cricket history.
Cricwizz takes a look at the many firsts Virat Kohli created in the last one year.
In 2018, Virat Kohli led India in Test series in England (losing 1-4), South Africa (losing 1-2) and Australia (winning 2-1), becoming the first Asian skipper to win a Test at least in these countries.
In 2018, Kohli cracked three consecutive tons in the ODI series against West Indies, becoming the first Indian batsman, and tenth overall, to achieve such a feat in 50-overs cricket.
Last year, Kohli led India to 5-1 ODI series win against the Proteas, becoming the first Indian captain to win a bilateral ODI series in South Africa.
In August last year, Kohli became the No 1 ranked Test batsman in ICC Test rankings, going past Australia’s Steve Smith. He became the first Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar, and seventh Indian batsman overall, to achieve such a feat.
Kohli led India to 2-1 Test series win in Australia, becoming the first Indian and first Asian skipper to win a Test series Down Under.
Kohli led India to 2-1 ODI series win Down Under, becoming the first Indian skipper to win a bilateral ODI series in Australia.
During the 5-1 ODI series win over South Africa last year, Kohli became the first batsman to score over 500 runs in a bilateral 50-overs series. He totalled 558 runs @ 186 with three tons and one fifty in 6 innings.
When Kohli won the first Test at Adelaide in Australia Down Under last year, he became the first Indian skipper to win the first Test of a series against Australia Down Under.
Kohli became the first Indian male cricketer to cross 2000 T20I runs last year. However, Mithali Raj was the first Indian cricketer, male or female, to achieve such a feat.
In January 2019, Kohli became the first player to sweep all the three ICC awards – ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year, Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year, Men’s ODI Cricketer of the Year.