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Virat Kohli: 14 glorious years in ODI yet charisma lives on as ever

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The modern-day cricket legend, global icon and ambassador of the sport, Virat Kohli completed 14 years in One Day International cricket in August, 2022. Virat is the most successful cricketer and the leading run scorer in international cricket since his debut in 2008. “Run machine”, “Goat”, “King”, “Chasemaster” are some of the nicknames he is associated with.

Virat Kohli is regarded as the greatest cricketer of the modern day. He has won the “ICC Cricketer of the Decade” for his outstanding cricketing career and for his record breaking contributions in the sport. He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka and only managed to score 12 runs in the first match. The sloppy beginning apart, with his consistent performance he has gone on to cement himself as one of the greatest cricketers in the history of the game.

As an ODI cricketer, he scored 12,344 runs with an average of 57.68 in the format.

Virat Kohli in his 14-year-long career has owned the cricket across all formats and has managed to break several records. He scored 23,736 runs across all the formats with 70 international tons to his name. Kohli is one among the two, the other being Ricky Ponting, who stayed on top as the best ranked batsman across formats. The cricketer also has won several ICC awards including “Player of the Year” two times, three times “ODI cricketer of the year” and once “Test Cricketer of the Year”.

Virat Kohli is One-time World Cup and One-time Champions Trophy winner in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Since Virat’s debut he leads the chart for most 200s, 100s and 50s across all three formats of international cricket. He is also one of the successful skipper of Team India and has managed to win historic bilateral series and tournaments.

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