World Cup winner, Champions Trophy winner, skipper of the number one Test side - Well, it is fair to say that Virat Kohli is living the dream of an international cricketer. He is undoubtedly in the prime of his career, more so than any other player in the current generation.
The right-hander might have not had the best starts in the initial stages of his career, but he has definitely come a long way since then. It is a sight to behold every time Virat Kohli steps out to bat, because he never fails to entertain with his hard-hitting prowess. Since taking over the captaincy duties from MS Dhoni from 2017, It has rather become some sort of routine to see him score a century or break a record, by each passing day.
Kohli's achievements has seen him draw praises from the best in the cricketing fraternity, with some dubbing him as one of the greatest ever to have graced the gentleman's game. Though, he is beyond doubt one of the best players in the limited overs format, and now he is slowly started to establish himself in the 5-day format. So, as the Indian-run machine turns 30 today, in tribute to his incredible talent, we take a look at some of Virat Kohli's best moments from 2018.
It seems like Virat Kohli scores runs for fun these days. And he carried his sensational form during the recently concluded ODI series against West Indies where he scored three centuries on the trot, to become the first Indian to achieve this feat. By doing, so he joins an exclusive list of players to have achieved this feat which comprises of Zaheer Abbas, Quinton de Kock, Saeed Anwar, Ross Taylor, Herschelle Gibbs, AB de Villiers and Kumar Sangakkara
Kohli's sensational 157 against West Indies at Visakhapatnam meant he went past 1000 runs in ODI for this calendar year. The Indian skipper achieved this feat in a mere 11 innings, overtaking South Africa's Hashim Amla to become the fastest batsman to 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year. Kohli's average in ODIs this year presently stands at 149.42.
Ever since making his debut, Kohli has been scoring runs day and night. In just 10 years and 68 days, the Indian skipper reached the 10k mark. In doing so, he became the quickest to reach the feat ever since debut, overtaking former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid, who had achieved the similar feat in 10 years and 317 days.
The tour of England was bitter for Virat Kohli, because he hammered past his demons of 2014 by scoring 593 runs at an average of 65.88, which included two centuries, but failed to save India from the face of embarrassment as they succumbed to a 4-1 Test series loss. But from an individual perspective, it was an outstanding outing for him as further enhanced his reputation as one of the best batsmen in the world. First, it was his maiden ton in against England back in their own backyard, then he later carried his record-breaking exploits by etching his name onto the Trent Bridge Honours board. He also became the second fastest Indian to reach 6000 runs in Test matches during the fourth Test.
Virat Kohli took only 60 matches and 56 innings to reach 2000 T20 International runs. It was during the third T20I against England, where the Indian skipper needed only eight runs to reach the landmark. His feat saw him join the coveted club of players consisting of New Zealand's Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill and Pakistan's Shoaib Malik.