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Virat Kohli - The Run Machine

Updated: Jul 8

Virat Kohli is an Indian international cricketer and has won an Under 19 World Cup as a captain in 2008. He is a right hand batsman. He has been playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore from season one and is the only player to play for a single franchise in the 15 editions played so far - For more IPL and Cricket news follow 99Runs

He has played domestic cricket as well for the Delhi Ranji team. He made his first class debut against Tamil Nadu side in November 2016 at the age of 18 and went on to score only 10 runs. He became popular for the innings which he scored against Karnataka after his father’s death.

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He went on to become the number one batter in 2013 for the first time. He captained the Indian side for 200 matches from the time span of 2013 to 2022. He made his Test debut in 2013. He has won the Man of the Tournament twice [2014 and 2016]. He also holds the record to complete 23,000 runs in international cricket.

Kohli has received many awards such as the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Men's Cricketer of the Decade): 2011–2020; Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy (ICC Cricketer of the Year) in 2017 and 2018; ICC Test Player of the Year (2018); ICC ODI Player of the Year (2012, 2017, 2018) and Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World (2016, 2017 and 2018). At the national level, he was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2013, the Padma Shri under the sports category in 2017 and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, the highest sporting honor in India, in 2018.

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Virat is ranked as one of the world's most famous athletes by ESPN and one of the most valuable athlete brands by Forbes. In 2018, Times magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2020, he was ranked 66th in Forbes list of the top 100 highest-paid athletes in the world for the year 2020 with estimated earnings of over $26 million.

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