Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Getty Images)

India captain Virat Kohli today completes 10 years in international cricket. It was on August 18, 2008 that Kohli made his India debut in an ODI against Sri Lanka at Dambulla.

Opening the innings with his Delhi state-mate Gautam Gambhir, Kohli managed 12 before being sent back. The start to his international cricket was unremarkable but he eventually came into his own and lived up to the hype after leading India to their second Under-19 World Cup title in 2008. In his fourth international innings, he scored a maiden half-century but had to wait for 10 more innings to hit a century. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Since making his debut as a teenager, Kohli has become India’s most trusted batsman across the formats and is fast building a reputation of a fiercely aggressive captain. While Kohli, the batsman, has proved his credentials with a flurry of record-breaking innings over the past decade, Kohli, the captain, is still a work in progress.

He has peeled off centuries with ridiculous ease. In the list of most hundreds in ODIs, he is second after Sachin Tendulkar. With 35 tons already, Kohli is in the driving seat to overtake Tendulkar’s record of 49 centuries.

In 2013, he scored a century in just 52 deliveries the fastest by an Indian in the format. He also holds the record for the fastest to 8,000 runs and 9,000 runs in ODI cricket.

To date, in 211 ODIs, he has scored 9779 runs at 58.20 with 35 hundreds and 48 fifties. At 29, he is the chase-master. He has the most number of centuries, 19, in successful chases.

His prolific run-scoring isn’t limited to ODIs. In Tests too he holds a host of records including the first Indian captain to hit a double-century overseas. After taking over the reins of Indian Test team, he scored three centuries in his first three innings as captain the first to do so. In 2017, he scored 11 centuries – the most by a captain in a calendar year and thus claimed the award for the ICC Cricketer of the Year.

Earlier this year, he scored 558 runs against South Africa in a six-match ODI series the first to across 500 runs in a bilateral series and the most by any batsman.

In 68 Tests, he has 5794 runs with 22 centuries and 17 half-centuries. In T20Is, he has hit 2102 runs in 62 matches with 18 fifties. In all, he has amassed 17675 runs, 57 centuries and 83 half-centuries in his 10-year career and is already considered a legend of the game.

He remains the only batsman to average in excess of 50 across formats simultaneously. And to top that, he has been part of a World Cup winning team – three years after making his international debut.