Free 700 words essay on Virat Kohli for school and college students.
One of the most prolific and outstanding players of Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli is not just a national heartthrob but also, an international celebrity. Kohli is the present captain of Indian cricket team. He is one of the highest paid sportsperson of the world and has even surpassed the legendary soccer star Lionel Messi. Kohli also holds the distinction of being the first Indian player to be among the Forbes List of Top 10 most valuable athletes. His brand value has been calculated to be around $144 million and has recently dethroned megastar Shah Rukh Khan as the most valuable celebrity brand of India.
Born in a Punjabi Khatri family in Delhi, Virat Kohli began playing cricket when he was just 9-year old in West Delhi cricket academy. He also played at the Sumeet Dogra Academy. His entire family moved to Gurgaon in 2015. Kohli embarked on his career beginning to play for Delhi under-15 team. He won the team Polly Umrigar and Vijay Merchant trophy. On its tour to England, he got an opportunity to play for India under-19 team. Kohli came into spotlight when he played a match even on the day his father demised. His mother claims that Virat turned mature overnight and his life since then hinged on cricket. Always a high-scorer, his skills started showing results. A big break came up when Royal Challengers Bangalore, a franchise of Indian Premier League, bought him for $30,000 as a part of youth contract. He also bagged a Border Gavaskar Trophy along with some of his colleagues.
Kohli made his international debut through the Sri Lanka ODI series in the year 2008. As both first choice openers, Sachin Tendulkar and Virendra Sehwag were injured, he played as an opening batsman as a makeshift arrangement. India won that series. Subsequently, he was chosen for most of the matches. In the year 2010, Kohli was made the vice-captain and Suresh Raina the captain in the tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Rising through the ranks, Virat soon became the fastest Indian batsmen to score 1000 runs and then the leading run-getter of the Indian cricket team. In the South-African tour of 2011, he got rank 2 in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen. It was a euphoric moment for him as he got chosen among the top 15 choice for the World cup team. In the successful World Cup of 2012, Virat played excellently in every single match. He was preferred over Suresh Raina for the 11 players.
Virat Kohli has set some mind-blowing records through his spectacular performances. He is popular as the fiercest run-chaser, dreaded by the opposing teams. He was named the vice-captain in the T20 World Cup of 2014. Scoring double centuries in Test series against England and Bangladesh, he broke the records of Donald Bradman and Rahul Dravid. He was made the captain of the Indian cricket team in 2017, as Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down. Kohli is the only Indian batsman to have an average score of 50 in in Test matches, ODIs and T20s simultaneously. He has won coveted awards such as ICC ODI player of the year in 2012 and 2017, BCCI International Cricket of the year twice, and Arjuna Award in recognition of his international achievements in the field of sports. Recently in 2017, he was awarded Padma Shri in the sports category.
Alongside cricket, he is also a successful entrepreneur and owns FC Goa in ISL, IPTL franchise UAE Royals, and the PWL team Bengaluru Yodhas. Other than that, he also has contracts to some of the best national and international commercial advertisements. In 2014, he launched a youth fashion brand WROGN along with Anjana Reddy’s Universal Sportsbiz. His other contracts are Myntra, Shopper’s Stop, Manyavar, and most recently signed a $16.5 million endorsement deal with Puma. Kohli is also a shareholder and brand ambassador of the social networking venture ‘Sports Convo’ based in London. He owns a gym value chain named Chisel and has invested more than Rs. 90 crores in the fitness centers. As of now, he has contracts with more than 17 popular brands, giving him the enviable position of highest celebrity brand of India. He recently married his long-time girlfriend Anushka Sharma, a leading bollywood actress, and continues to play consistently for the team.