Indian captain Virat Kohli celebrated his 31st birthday on Tuesday. The batting maestro has scored more than 20,000 international runs and has an average of more than 50 in all three formats of the game. While Kohli, the batsman is one of the world’s most popular players in the world, Kohli, the bowler is a little known entity. He bowls part-time medium pace, something Kohli hasn’t done in international cricket since 2017. But Kohli has picked up 8 wickets, 4 each in ODIs and T20Is. Here, let’s take a look at the top 5 wickets by Virat Kohli.
Virat Kohli had his first wicket in T20Is even before he bowled a delivery. In the only T20I of India’s tour of England, Kevin Pietersen was stumped by MS Dhoni off a wide bowled by Virat Kohli. Kohli’s figures interestingly read 0-0-0-1. He’s the only bowler to achieve this feat ever in international cricket across formats.
Virat Kohli was in some form in the 5th ODI against England at Sophia Gardens. Kohli scored a scintillating hundred as India scored 304/6. But that was not his only contribution in the game, as Kohli raised his hand up and dismissed England Captain Alastair Cook right after he had reached a half-century. Kohli ended the game with figures of 1/44 from 6 overs.
Craig Kieswetter looked in good touch as he quickly raced into his 30s after England opted to bat in the 3rd ODI in their tour of India. Just when it seemed Kieswetter would convert it to a big score, Virat Kohli struck, dismissing the wicket-keeper batsman for 38. Kohli finished the game with figures of 1/20 in 3 overs.
Quinton de Kock reigned supreme when India toured South Africa in 2013. De Kock put on a show in the first ODI in Johannesburg, scoring a brilliant hundred. The bowlers were being hit to all parts of the ground, resulting in Dhoni turning to part-timer Virat Kohli. Kohli struck, dismissing de Kock for 135, taking a catch off his own bowling.
Brendon McCullum was all set to provide New Zealand with the final flourish after Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor combined for a 152-run stand. Walking in at number 5, McCullum hit a boundary and a six and showed signs that the onslaught was just beginning. But he miscued one off the bowling of Virat Kohli and was caught by Rohit Sharma. Kohli finished the match with impressive figures of 1/36 in 7 overs.