This aggressive batsman's rise in the cricket has been phenomenal and even as a young Ranji player he was determined to play cricket at bigger level.

In 2006, during his debut Ranji season, 18-year-old Kohli decided to play the match against Karnataka despite his father’s death on the same day. He went on to score a crucial 90 for his Delhi team. This performance showed his determination and conviction towards the game.

Virat's sheer dedication and brilliant performances in all formats of the game has helped him to emerge as India's bailout-man.

Virat first tasted the cricket-stardom when he led Indian U-19 team to World Cup title in 2008 and in the same year he made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka.

IPL was introduced in the same year and Virat Kohli was really a hot property. During the first edition of the cash-rich T20 extravaganza he was taken up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore and he is the only player in RCB who has been retained since its inception.

Virat Kohli's biggest moment came when India lifted the 2011 World Cup trophy. He became the first Indian to score a century on World Cup-debut.

In the same year, he made debut in Test cricket. During the tour Down Under, when every Indian batsman failed, he was the lone bright spot with a century against the mighty Australians during the 2011-12 series.

His impressive performance with the bat and his maturity as a player in the team lead to Virat Kohli's elevation to vice-captain.

After the retirement of batting greats - Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid - players like Rohit Sharma, Aajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara have given hope to Indian fans and cricket pandits, but Kohli's role amongest this young brigade has been incredible.

In the recent years he has been in awesome touch and form with hammering centuries and incredible number of runs coming off his bat that has helped him remain at top spots in ODI batsmen rankings.

Advertisers have also seen the potential in Kohli and he is now the new highest earner from advertisements beating Indian captain MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar.

Virat Kohli  holds the record for the fastest century by an Indian batsman. The 27-year-old recently became the fastest batsman ever to score 20 hundreds in ODIs. He is also the first batsman to make five successive scores of 50 or more in ODIs on two separate occasions.

Considering his age and the number of records he holds, Virat Kohli is all set to be named amongst the greats of Indian cricket in future.

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