NEW DELHI: Batting legend and Team India skipper Virat Kohli turned 30-years-old on Monday.
On the occasion, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), teammates, leading politicians, celebrities and his fans from across the globe took to Twitter to express their love and good wishes for the legendary cricketer on his 30th birthday.
Kohli’s adorable actress wife Anushka Sharma took to the social media to wish the hubby dearest a very happy birthday. Sharing two photographs with him, Anushka thanked the Almighty for his birth and wrote, “Thank God for his birth” which was followed by a heart emoji.
Kohli, who is regarded as a youth icon, is also hailed as India’s ‘New Milestone Man’ due to his numerous accomplishments in Cricket.
A leader on and off the field, Kohli not only pushes and inspires his teammates but also millions of others who consider him to be their hero.
Kohli has been in tremendous form for the last few years and broken several records ever since he took over as captain from MS Dhoni in all formats of the game.
Ever since he started his innings in cricket way back in December 2006 as an 18-year-old boy from Delhi’s Uttam Nagar, Virat has surely come a long way.
He recently became the first Indian batsman to smash three successive hundred in ODIs by smashing 107 runs against West Indies in the recently concluded series.
During the series, he also broke Sachin Tendulkar’s to become the fastest to complete 10,000 runs in the format. The India skipper touched the 10,000-run mark in just 205 innings.
Kohli thus became the 13th overall and fifth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (18426), Sourav Ganguly (11221) and Rahul Dravid (10768) to join the elite club.
In fact, the modern great completed 1000 runs in a calendar year six times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017 and 2018). This year, he became the quickest to score 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year as he managed the feat in just 11 innings and surpassed the record held jointly by him and Hashim Amla with 15.
Kohli also holds the record of 150-plus scores in ODIs four times.
In 2018, which has been a fantastic year for the aggressive Indian skipper, Kohli broke a plethora of records in Test Cricket.
He scored 286 in three Tests in South Africa and then amassed 593 runs in England and signed off with 184 in the two-match series against West Indies at home.
Kohli, in only 10 matches in 2018, aggregated 1063 runs. He is due to play three most Tests in Australia in December.
The Indian skipper also completed 2,000 runs in Twenty20 Internationals this year and became the fastest to achieve the feat.