While the Indian fans and the cricket fans, in general, are aware of most of the records that Virat Kohli has created, there are a few records that slip under the radar. That’s understandable too because the Indian captain has created so many records that it’s tough to keep a tab of each and every record.
Kohli has not only created records with the bat, he has some interesting record to his name with the ball as well because he used to bowl quite a bit early on in his career. He is a military medium pacer but doesn’t bowl that much anymore.
Here are the 3 records you might not know held by Virat Kohli –
#1 Only player to win the man of the tournament award in two T20 World Cups:
Virat Kohli has been the man of the tournament in the T20 World Cups twice, once in 2014 and then again in 2016. He is the only player in the history of the game to do so.
In the WT20 2014, he scored 319 runs in 6 games at an average of 106.33 and a strike rate of 129.14, while in the WT20 2016, he scored 273 runs in 5 games at an average of 136.50 and a strike rate of 146.77.
Since India couldn’t win the tournament on either of the two occasions, Kohli’s performance with the bat didn’t get as much recognition as it should have, but those were some of his best T20 performances with the bat under pressure on the biggest stage.
#2 Most ODI centuries in a winning cause:
Virat Kohli has scored 43 ODI hundreds in his career so far and his hundreds have resulted in India’s victories on 36 occasions. That’s the maximum no. of hundreds that any batsman has ever scored for his team in a winning cause in 50-over cricket.
The reason why India wins most of the time when Kohli scores a hundred is that when he is chasing, he doesn’t leave the job unfinished for anyone else. He scores a hundred and then carries his innings through to the team target.
And if he is batting first, he quickly assesses the nature of the pitch and determines what the par score on that pitch is. Once he determines the par score, he keeps the tempo of his innings accordingly.
#3 Only bowler to take a wicket on 0th ball of his T20 international career:
Kohli is the only bowler in the world who had a wicket to his name without even bowling a ball technically in T20Is.
It happened in a T20I game in England in 2011. India had batted first and put on 170 runs on the board and England wasn’t quite keeping up to the required run rate for the first 7 overs.
MS Dhoni, the Indian captain at that time, threw the ball to Kohli to lure the England batsmen to try and play aggressive shots against the part-time bowler and for India to have a wicket-taking opportunity in the process.
That’s exactly what happened. Kevin Pietersen was at the crease and he looked to go after Kohli straightaway, but Kohli bowled it outside the leg stump.
Pietersen was out of his crease trying to whip it away on the leg side, but he missed the ball and Dhoni removed the bails. Kohli had taken a wicket on the 0th ball of his T20 international career.