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Happy Birthday King Kohli: India’s “Chase Master” turns 35, he embarks on a career in numbers

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Virat Kohli turns 35 on November 5, 2023. The “Chase Master,” as he is affectionately called among fans, is one of the game’s greatest batters.

Vrat Kohli, the famous Indian batsman widely regarded as one of the finest to ever swing a cricket bat, will turn 35 on Saturday. Virat has regularly dominated headlines with his exceptional run-scoring ability since his early days, when he led India to an U19 World Cup victory in 2008 and made his international debut the same year. Despite the fact that his early supporters and onlookers had no doubts about his greatness, Virat has smashed records, chased runs, and won matches on his own with a regularity rarely seen in international cricket.

Virat has played 111 Tests for India, amassing 8,676 runs at an average of 49.29. He has 29 centuries and 29 fifties to his name, with a top score of 254*. He is India’s fifth-highest Test scorer. Sachin is the all-time leading Test run-scorer, with 15,921 runs.

Notably, Virat has the fourth-most Test century for India and ranks among the top ten in the world.

The Delhi native is India’s most successful Test captain. Virat has an excellent resume as a captain, with 40 victories, 17 defeats, and 11 ties in 68 games. Under his captaincy, India won five consecutive ICC World Test Championships, finishing as the season’s top-ranked side for five years in a row.

India managed to produce one of the most productive and terrifying Test pace assaults in history under his relationship with head coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun, featuring Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, and others.

Virat is one of the best ambassadors of red-ball cricket, as evidenced by the statistics and accomplishments listed above.

When you look at the raw numbers, it becomes evident that Virat is the best ODI batsman of all time.

Virat has scored 13,525 runs at an average of 58.04 in 288 ODIs, with 48 hundreds and 70 tonnes in 276 innings. His highest possible score is 183. He is India’s fourth-highest ODI run-getter and second-highest 50-over run-getter, trailing only Sachin Tendulkar, who has 18,426 runs in 463 appearances.
Virat is on track to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI tonnes and 18,426 runs.
In Blue, the ‘Chase-Master’ Virat Kohli is a different beast than in ODIs. He has scored 7,794 runs while chasing at an average of 65.49 in 159 matches, with 27 centuries and 40 fifties.
Virat has scored 5,786 runs at an average of 90.40 in 102 ODIs during successful run-chases, including 23 hundreds.

He is also the fastest to reach milestones of 8,000 to 13,000 ODI runs.

Virat has led India to 65 wins, 27 losses, one draw, and two no-results ODIs.

Virat has scored 4,008 runs in 115 T20I matches and 107 innings at an average of 52.73, with one century and 37 fifties. His greatest individual score is 122*.

He holds the most ‘Man of the Match’ (15) and ‘Man of the Series’ (seven) honours in T20Is.

Virat has led India in 60 T20Is, winning 30, losing 16, and two that ended in draws and no outcomes.

Virat is a player who excels on large stages. He is the only player in ICC white-ball history to have scored 3,000 runs.

He has 1,472 runs at an average of 54.51 in 33 Cricket World Cup matches, with three centuries and ten fifties. He is the tournament’s fourth-highest run-scorer, trailing only Sachin Tendulkar, who has 2,278 runs in 45 matches.

Virat Kohli is the leading run-scorer in the T20 World Cup, with 1,141 runs at an average of 81.50 in 27 matches and 25 innings.

Virat’s prowess in T20I batting is shown by the fact that he averages 518 and has seven fifties in nine successful run-chases in this tournament. He has only been dismissed once during his stellar T20 World Cup campaign.

Virat has 529 runs in 12 innings across 13 matches in the ICC Champions Trophy, with a highest score of 96 and five fifties.

Virat has scored 3,142 runs at an average of 66.85 in 73 ICC event matches in 70 innings, with three centuries and 29 fifties.

Virat was also a member of the Indian side that won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.

In the Indian Premier League (IPL), the star batter represents Royal Challengers Bangalore in red and gold. He is the top run-scorer in IPL history, with 7,263 runs in 237 matches at an average of 37.24. He owns the record for most IPL tonnes with seven hundreds.

His total of 973 runs in 16 IPL 2016 matches, with four hundreds and seven fifties at an average of 81.08, is the greatest by an Indian in T20s.

From 2011 to 2020, he was named the ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Decade, and he has won two ICC Player of the Year awards, three ICC ODI Player of the Year awards, and one Test Player of the Year award.

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