Virat Kohli Birthday:
On his 35th birthday, let’s take a trip down memory lane to revisit Virat Kohli’s phenomenal batting performances across formats in the remarkable year of 2023. This year has seen Virat Kohli’s triumphant return to form, marked by outstanding contributions with the bat, and his pivotal role in India’s ODI World Cup 2023 campaign.
Virat Kohli, the maestro of modern cricket, has been in remarkable form in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, striving alongside his teammates to secure India’s third World Cup title.
India has remained unbeaten, winning all seven of its matches and securing a spot in the semifinals. On his birthday, Virat Kohli will aim to add another stellar performance to his already impressive year.
Kohli’s journey in 2023 began with a bang:
January 2023 – India vs Sri Lanka (Home):
- 1st ODI in Guwahati: Virat Kohli scored a magnificent 113 runs off 87 balls, guiding India to a total of 373/7 in 50 overs. India won the match by 67 runs.
- 2nd ODI in Kolkata: Although Kohli managed only 4 runs, India still won the match by 4 wickets.
- 3rd ODI in Thiruvananthapuram: Kohli’s spectacular unbeaten 166* runs off 110 balls propelled India to a total of 390/5 in 50 overs, resulting in a resounding victory by 317 runs.
January/February 2023 – India vs New Zealand (Home):
- 1st ODI in Hyderabad: Kohli scored 8 runs, contributing to India’s 12-run victory.
- 2nd ODI in Raipur: Kohli managed 11 runs, and India won by 8 wickets.
- 3rd ODI in Indore: Kohli’s 36 runs played a crucial role in India’s 90-run win.
February/March 2023 – India vs Australia (Home):
- 1st Test in Nagpur: Kohli contributed 12 runs in the first innings, and India won by an innings and 132 runs.
- 2nd Test in Delhi: Kohli scored 44 runs in the first innings and 20 runs in the second innings, leading India to a 6-wicket victory.
- 3rd Test in Indore: Kohli posted 22 runs in the first innings and 13 runs in the second innings, but Australia claimed a 9-wicket win.
- 4th Test in Ahmedabad: Kohli’s remarkable 186 runs in the first innings resulted in a draw.
Kohli’s incredible journey continued through the year, including a stellar performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023), where he emerged as the fourth-highest run-getter with 639 runs in 14 innings.
In the World Test Championship Final 2023 against Australia, Kohli contributed 14 runs in the first innings and 49 runs in the second innings, even though India faced a 209-run defeat.
His consistency persisted through the India tour of the West Indies and the Asia Cup 2023, with notable contributions.
In the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Kohli has been a vital part of India’s unbeaten run. Notable performances include scoring 85 runs against Australia, 55* runs against Afghanistan, and a century (103*) against Bangladesh, among others.
As we celebrate Virat Kohli’s 35th birthday, we cherish his remarkable year and look forward to more extraordinary performances from this cricketing legend. Happy Birthday, Virat Kohli!