The Indian cricket team is one of the best in the world and has a lot of top class athletes. Very soon, our team will be playing in the 11th edition of the 2023 World Cup games, which will be held in India. All cricket and Kohli fans should remember about the best betting odds at Pin Up Bet, so don't miss out on our country's most important sporting event. In the run-up to the championship, let's remember a man that even other sports fans know, a national favourite and one of the best batsmen in the world – Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli was born on 5 November 1988 in Delhi. His father Prem Kohli worked as a criminal lawyer and his mother Sara Kohli was a housewife. It is said that as early as 3 years of age, a very young Kohli, began to show an extraordinary interest in cricket.
The father of the young talent got an offer to enrol the boy in a professional cricket academy. But unfortunately, despite his abilities, Kohli could not make it to the Delhi Under-14 team due to various external factors. Prem Kohli received a number of offers from influential clubs that would have secured a place in the squad. But he rejected them all, for he wanted his son to achieve recognition on his own merit, bypassing the system of nepotism.
Virat kept persisting and finally achieved his goal – he made it to the Delhi Under-15 team. Recalling the coach's words, he was often forced to leave training sessions, the youngster was so driven to be the best.
The first match of Kohli's junior career was in October 2002 against Himachal Pradesh. Virat managed to score 15 runs in his debut match. In his first season, Kohli scored 172 runs as the top scorer for his team. In the 2003/2004 season, he was appointed captain of the under-15 team. Kohli's performance was outstanding.
In 2006, Kohli attracted enough attention to force his way into the state's premier team. He subsequently made his debut on 23 November 2006 during the opening match of the Ranji Trophy season against Tamil Nadu. However, his debut match did not turn out to be a very good one, as did the next 2.
In the next match, against former champions, Karnataka, Delhi lost. The events of that night were tragic for Virat, his father passed away. After that, King Kohli started taking every game much more seriously, as a tribute to the man to whom he owed his success.
In August 2008, Kohli got his chance and was selected in the ODI squad for the Sri Lanka tour and Champions Trophy in Pakistan. Despite, very modest experience of playing, Kohli accepted the challenge. On 18 August 2008, Kohli made his international debut at the age of 19 in the first ODI of the tour, where he was dismissed for 12 runs. But already in 2009 in Pakistan, against Australia, Virat proved to everyone that he deserved competitions at the international level.
At the 2011 World Cup in India, against Bangladesh, Virat Kohli became the first Indian batsman to score 100 runs in a debut match at the World Cup. Thanks to the solid teamwork and phenomenal play of King Kohli, India (IND) emerged triumphant in the tournament.
In 2007, Kohli joined Royal Challengers Bangalore for $30,000 at the draft. The decision to acquire the player was influenced by his performance at the Under-19 World Championship in Malaysia. He is a player of this club since then. In 2011, the team finished 1st in the table at the end of the season, but lost to Mumbai Indians in the playoff final. In 2013, he became the team's complete captain. By the way, bookmaker Pin Up India also accepts bets on the Indian domestic championship with good odds. Although Virat has not been able to reach any particular heights in club competitions, he is rightly considered one of the best Indian players. He also holds many personal records. Virat remains a wonderful person off the field as well, in 2013 he set up the Virat Kohli Foundation and to this day he helps underprivileged children in India by spending money from his account. Virat has many serious national and sporting awards to his credit, including the Arjuna Award, the second-highest sporting honour, and ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Decade: 2011-2020.