As the calendar moves forward by a day and our darling Virat starts his journey into his 28th year, we bring you with some 10 interesting trivia regarding captain Kohli.
Virat Kohli, as a Test skipper, has won 10 and lost 2 games, which gives him a win-loss ratio of 5 – the best by any of the 32 Indian skippers. His winning percentage of almost 59 is best for any captain with more than a match (read Ravi Shastri who won the only Test he led).
First Indian to score two double centuries in Tests as captain. Kohli scored his first Test double hundred in July at North Sound against West Indies – which was also the first ever double ton by an Indian captain overseas. He followed it up with a career best 211 against the New Zealand at Indore in the very next home series.
First cricketer to score three centuries in his first three innings as a Test captain. In his very first appointment in the Australian tour late in 2014 where he lead his side in the absence of an injured M S Dhoni, Kohli scored hundreds in both the innings (115 and 141) at Adelaide before notching another one in the first innings (147) in the final Test at Sydney. In total, he scored 4 tons in the 4-Test series – the most by an Indian batsman in Australia.
Scored the fastest century by an Indian batsman. In the 2nd match of the 7-ODI home series against Australia at home, Virat Kohli scored a hundred off just 52 deliveries at India chased down 360 in just 43.3 overs losing just a single wicket.
Fastest Indian batsman to score 1000, 4000, 5000 and 6000 runs in ODI and the fastest in the world to reach to his 7000 – overtaking A B DeVilliers’ 166 innings in his 161 outings. Kohli is also the fastest Indian to 10, 15 and 20 tons and quickest in the world to reach 25 tons – eclipsing Sachin Tendulkar who took 234 innings to Kohli’s just 162.
Has already scored 16 centuries while chasing in ODI. Only Sachin Tendulkar (17) has more. Kohli’s 16 tons has came in just 95 innings where as Tendulkar needed 232 of them for his 17 centuries in chase.
He is the third batsman ever to notch up 1000 runs or more in ODIs for four consecutive calendar years (2011-14). The other two are Sourav Ganguly (1997-2000) and Kumara Sangakkara (2011-14).
He is the fastest batsman to score 1000 career runs in the T20 Internationals. Kohli took just 27 innings to reach the landmark ahead of English duo Kevin Pietersen and Alex Hales – both of whom took 32 innings.
Only batsman to score more than 500 runs in the T20I format in a calendar year – Kohli made a total of 641 runs from 13 T20I innings this year. His T20I average in 2016 reads an astronomical 106.83. Earlier in 2014, Kohli made 385 from 7 innings in the format at 96.25 an innings. His 7 fifties in 2016 in all T20I is also the maximum for a year.
He has also scored the maximum runs in a single edition of both the World T20 (319 in 2014) and the Indian Premier League (973 in 2016). In this edition of the IPL, the RCB captain has scored 4 centuries coupled with 11 innings of 50 or more – the most in a season.
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