We have seen many cricketing legends in the past and now we are witnessing a legend in the making. The name’s Virat Kohli, a cricketer par excellence and the current captain of the Indian cricket team. This is one person who has made it to the top page of newspapers and magazines for both his professional achievements and personal life. Virat Kohli has several records to his credit and he is all set to achieve newer milestones. So, what else do you know about him? Here are some interesting facts about Virat Kohli that will surprise you.
Virat’s first crush: We all know about Vrushka and the grand Tuscan wedding. But, do you know who was Virat’s first crush. Well, it was Karishma Kapoor. Virat had revealed this sometime back in an interview.
Virat’s nickname: You may call him Virat or Kohli, but in his inner circle, his nickname is Cheeku. Yes, the sweet and wholesome fruit Cheeku (Sapodilla). Virat got this nickname from his former Delhi coach Ajit Chaudhary when he joined the Delhi Ranji team.
The show must go on: Kohli’s father passed away in 2006, on a day when he was playing a Ranji match. However, being a true sportsman, he continued playing the next day and scored 90 runs.
Teen sensation: Virat Kohli has shown remarkable cricketing skills since his early days. He had captained the India Under-19 team in 2008 during the U-19 World Cup. And guess what, India won, defeating South Africa in the finals by 12 runs.
First World Cup victory: 2008 was also the year when Kohli made his ODI debut. And three years later, he was part of the Indian cricket team that won the 2011 World Cup, defeating Sri Lanka by 6 wickets.
A century on World Cup debut: Virat Kohli is the first and only Indian cricketer to score a century in his World Cup debut. Virat achieved this feat while playing against Bangladesh in the 2011 World Cup opening match.
Dressed to kill: Virat Kohli is counted amongst the most fashionable men in the world. He was ranked in the list of 10 Best Dressed International Men in 2012. The list also included the then US President Barrack Obama.
Fastest century: Virat Kohli holds the record of the fastest ODI century by an Indian cricketer. He scored the record century in just 52 balls while playing against Australia in 2013.
Tattoos galore: Virat appears to have an immense love for tattoos. He has several tattoos that tell the story of his life, his beliefs and inspirations. Virat’s tattoos include a monastery, Shiva, samurai warrior, names of his parents, test cap number 269, ODI cap number 175, god’s eye, and Aum.
Favorite food: Virat’s favorite foods include mutton biryani and kheer. He likes these the most when his mother cooks it for him.