Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2013
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : New Delhi, NCT, India
Virat Kohli is an Indian international cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman and occasional right-arm medium pace bowler. He is the current captain of the Indian team in Test cricket and vice-captain in limited overs formats. In the Indian Premier League (IPL), he captains the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was born on 5 November 1988 in Delhi, India. Virat Kohli became very popular when he showed more affection towards cricket than towards his family when he played for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy. He had to oppose Karnataka on the day of his father's death. He was much needed by his team when he was even more needed at home. He chose to bat and could score 90 runs even in that gloomy situation. This was remarked by the team captain, Mithun Manhas as an act of great commitment to make his innings crucial. Virat Kohli has finished his higher secondary education. When he was living in Uttam Nagar, he was trained at the West Delhi Cricket Academy from the year 1998. He took part in matches at the Sumit Dogra Academy in Vasundara Enclave. He was looked at by other boys as a hero of that time. He flirted with the actress Genelia DSouza. His nickname is Cheeku.
In the 2008 Indian Premier League he was bought for $30,000 and played for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He could not perform well at that time that he could score just 165 runs in 13 innings but later in the later session to follow he improved and was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore. He made his debut in 2008 in the one day international when he met Sri Lanka in the Idea Cup. His participation helped a lot for the winning of the team. Thus India could win its first one day series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lankan soil. He took part in 2009 ICC Champions Trophy and tri-nations tournament in Bangaladesh in January 2010. Virat Kohli was able to get the fame of third Indian who scored two ODI centuries before he celebrated his 22nd birthday after Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina. He is the fastest Indian who scored 1000 runs in the ODI cricket. In 2011 World Cup, he scored a century on World Cup debut with a total run of 282 in 9 innings. Kohli has been the recipient of many awards such as the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012 and the BCCI's international cricketer of the year for the 2011-12 and 2014-15 seasons. In 2013, he was given the Arjuna Award in recognition of his achievements in international cricket. SportsPro, a UK magazine, rated Kohli as the second most marketable athlete in the world in 2014. He is also a co-owner of the ISL team FC Goa and the IPTL franchise UAE Royals.