Kohli turns 30; wishes pour in from every quarter


Indian skipper and wondrous ‘run machine’ batsman Virat Kohli celebrated his 30th birthday on Monday.

Kohli, who made his international debut in 2008 with a One Day International against neighbouring Sri Lanka at Dambulla, started his domestic career at the age of 16 when he first played for Delhi Under-15 team.

In 2006, Kohli was selected in Under-19 cricket squad that was to tour England for an ODI and test series. Kohli showed a remarkable display of technical skills and scored with an average of 105 and 49 in ODIs and tests respectively, receiving nation-wide praises for his performance, including his coach Chetan Chauhan.

Kohli, who had become a cricketing sensation amongst local youth by then, was selected to national cricket team in 2008. He eventually became the captain of the national cricket team. In the 2014 tour against Australia, when then-Indian skipper MS Dhoni was not part of the squad in the first game, Kohli took the reins as Indian captain for the first time. Following his retirement at the end of the third-match, Kohli was appointed full-time Test captain who ever since has left the world flabbergasted by his performance.

Wishes have poured in from every quarter of the cricket world on what is his 30th birthday.

His wife and Bollywood film star Anushka Sharma “thank(ed) God for his birth.”

Veteran Indian batsman Virender Sehwag took it to twitter to wish his former colleague in his trademark “hilarious” style as he wrote: “On this Dhanteras, wish you a year that is again filled with Runteras.”

Former Indian legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar also wished his disciple stating, “Wishing you a lot of success and happiness in the year ahead. Happy Birthday, @imvkohli!”

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also wished their celebrated skipper writing, “Too many more match-winning knocks, here’s wishing #TeamIndia Captain and Run Machine @imVkohli a very happy birthday”.

International Cricket Council (ICC), too, was amongst who wished Kohli on his birthday. It wrote,

“India’s charismatic leader.
The fastest man to 10,000 ODI runs.
The fastest man to 2,000 T20I runs.
Without a doubt one of the finest batsmen today in all three formats.

Happy 30th birthday to the brilliant @imvKohli!”

Famous cricket website ESPNcricinfo also wished cricket sensation on his special day, “#OnThisDay A happy 30th birthday to Virat Kohli! Is he your favourite cricketer?

Another former Indian batsman Vinod Kambli wished to his former colleague, saying, “The man who does things just like his name suggests. Happy Birthday @imvkohli. #HappyBirthdayVirat