Technique, flamboyance, attitude, aggression… Virat Kohli is about all this and more. No wonder he has come to be the cricketer we all love to adore. What sets the Indian skipper apart, aside from his skillful hand on the field is also a pretty long list of records and recognitions the young player has amassed in the relatively short period.
The world’s No. 1 batsman, who turns 29 today, brought in his birthday with his teammates after the 2nd ODI against New Zealand in Rajkot on Sunday. Although it wasn’t the perfect occasion for Kohli to bring in his birthday, after losing the ODI, his teammates didn’t let the defeat get in the way of a solid ‘cakesmash’. BCCI uploaded photos of the celebration through its official Twitter account.
The country’s biggest sports and youth icon is probably one of a kind as far as Indian sports is concerned. Virat’s friends, fans, colleagues, including both former and current cricketers did not miss an opportunity of showering their love and wishing him on this special day.
Though he is almost always in the news, there are still facts about him that’ll surprise you. Check them out right here.
1.Kohli played a crucial Ranji match in 2006, despite the fact that his father passed away the same day. He scored 90 runs in the match against Karnataka.
2. Fitness is a way of life for Virat Kohli, for which he has given up on his favourite butter chicken. That requires serious dedication. Needless to say, apart from the cricketer that he is, we love him for the hot bod that he is.
3. Virat has an adorable pet name. His friends call him ‘Chiku’ off the field. At the same time, Virat has a passion for dressing well, and regularly features in ‘Best Dressed Lists’. We love!
4. The Indian skipper has credited Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, who he is currently dating, for making him more sensible and patient in life. In a candid chat on a talk show, Kohli revealed that it was Anushka who brought composure and grace in his life and helped him sail through the tough periods in his cricketing career. “I must thank the lady luck. You have seen me, you know I had no sense before. Ever since the lady has come into my life, she’s taught me a lot of things. I’ve learnt a lot, become more sensible in the last 4 years all because of her.” Now, how adorable is that!
5. Finally, did you also know that Anushka is a good six months older than him, and Virat is giving us relationship goals by dating a woman older than him. We love!
We love you Viru Paaji. Happy Birthday!