New Delhi [India] : The Cricket fraternity showered heartfelt birthday wishes on Indian skipper Virat Kohli as the run machine-turned 33 today.
From legendary Indian cricketers like VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag to the teammates of Delhi-born batter, everyone took to their Twitter handles to share wishes for Kohli on his special day. Since, making his debut in 2008, Kohli has played 254 ODIs, 96 Tests, and 92 T20Is for the national side. He has several records in all the formats and is the only batter to have a 50-plus average in all three formats of the game at the same time.
“A very happy birthday to @imVkohli.Wishing you love, success and great health in the times to come. #HappyBirthdayViratKohli,” VVS Laxman wrote.
“Tough times don’t last long, tough people do. A once in a generation player , wishing @imVkohli a very happy birthday and a great year ahead. #HappyBirthdayViratKohli,” Virender Sehwag tweeted.
“Happy Birthday @imVkohli. Wishing you good health and happiness for the coming year!” India’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane tweeted.
“Not everyone is as lucky as me to be blessed with a elder brother like you. Thank you so much for coming into my life and standing by my side through thick and thin. I hope you get all that you truly deserve. Happy Birthday king @imVkohli,” Mohammed Siraj wrote while posting a compilation video.
With 70 international centuries, Kohli is third on the list only behind Sachin Tendulkar (100) and Ricky Ponting (71). The Indian captain has 23159, which is the seventh most in the list of all-time highest run-scorers in international cricket.
“Here’s wishing the KING, the LEADER, the INSPIRATION, Virat Kohli, a very very Happy Birthday!” Kohli’s IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore tweeted.
“Wishing a very happy birthday to @imVkohli, have a great day and year ahead #MajorThrowback #HappyBirthdayViratKohli,” Wasim Jaffer tweeted while sharing an old photo with Indian captain.
“As his name suggests, he’s meant for big things in life! Wishing a very happy birthday to @imVkohli. Best wishes always…have a great game tonight!” Dinesh Karthik tweeted.
“23,159 intl. runs & going strong Most Test wins as Indian captain 2011 World Cup & 2013 Champions Trophy-winner Wishing @imVkohli- #TeamIndia captain & one of the best modern-day batsmen – a very happy birthday. Let’s relive his fine ton in pink-ball Test,” BCCI tweeted.
“Happy birthday Virat. Good luck for today’s game. @imVkohli,” Umesh Yadav tweeted.
The 33-year-old is also the leading run-scorer in men’s T20 internationals with his 3225 runs in 92 matches.
The Delhi-born batter is the most successful Indian skipper in Test cricket when it comes to number of wins. Under his 65-match stint as captain, India have won 38 matches with remarkable Test series victories in foreign soils as well.
‘Your core is made of honesty’: Anushka Sharma’s heartwarming birthday wish for husband Virat Kohli
Dubai [UAE]: It’s Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s 33rd birthday today, and his wife Anushka Sharma is all hearts for him.
Taking to Instagram, Anushka penned a heartfelt post for Virat, saying his “core is made of honesty.” “No filter needed , for this photo and the way you lead your life . Your core is made of honesty and guts of steel . Courage that pales doubt into oblivion . I know no one who can pick themselves up from a dark place like you can . You grow better in every way because you hold on to nothing in you as permanent and are fearless,” she wrote.
Anushka also thanked Virat for making her life “brighter”.
“I know we are not ones to talk to each other through social media like this but sometimes I just want to scream and tell the world what an amazing man you are. Fortunate are those who really truly know you. Thank you for making everything brighter and more beautiful,” she added.
Alongside the loved-up post, Anushka posted an adorable picture, in which she can be seen hugging Virat. The image seems to be captured during their Diwali celebrations in the UAE.
For the unversed, Virat and Anushka tied the knot in a private ceremony in Italy on December 11, 2017. The two are also doting parents to their 9-months-old daughter Vamika.
Really envy Virat Kohli’s energy level on and off field, says Ashwin
Dubai [UAE] : Ravichandran Ashwin said Virat Kohli plays with “his heart on his sleeve” and the latter’s energy as a team leader is also contagious.
“With respect to having dealt with him as a leader in the red-ball format. All I can say is he plays with his heart on his sleeve. Sometimes, when I watch Virat lead the side, I feel like how does he manage to bring so much energy. I really envy Virat energy level on the field and off it,” Ravichandran Ashwin said in a video posted by Star Sports on Twitter. “And I think that the energy he infuses on the field really absorbs on people. One thing is you can stand up tall and I can say at the top of my voice is the kind of culture he has brought in the team.”
It’s a well-known fact that Virat Kohli is among the best when it comes to captaincy especially in Test cricket. And one of the many things which have helped him in achieving this feat is his ever-contagious energy on and off the field.
Talking about the numbers, Kohli is the most successful Indian skipper in Test cricket. Under his 65-match stint as captain, India have won 38 matches with remarkable Test series victories in foreign soils as well. Only Steve Waugh (41 wins), Ricky Ponting (48 wins) and Graeme Smith (53 wins) have more Test wins as skipper now.
“In terms of making each of us realise, how each one’s fitness parameter is so important. I can never aspire to be a Virat Kohli on the field, gym or whatever it is but I can be the best version of myself which is something he has made everyone realise in the team,” Ashwin added.
Since, making his debut in 2008, Kohli has played 254 ODIs, 96 Tests, and 92 T20Is for the national side. He has several records in all the formats and is the only batter to have a 50-plus average in all three formats of the game at the same time.