Virat Kohli (born 5 November 1988) is an Indian international cricketer and former captain of the Indian national team. Widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Kohli plays as a right-handed batsman for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL and for Delhi in Indian domestic cricket. He holds the record for scoring most runs in both T20 internationals and in IPL. In 2020, the International Cricket Council named him as player of decade. Kohli has won Man of the Tournament award twice at the ICC World Twenty20, in 2014 and 2016. Playing for his franchise in IPL, Virat Kohli won the Orange Cap and Most-valuable Player Award in 2016 season. Furthermore has won most player of the match and series awards in T20I. With 40 wins in 68 Test matches, Virat Kohli is India's most successful Test captain. Kohli has also contributed to India's successes, including winning the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions trophy.
Born and raised in Delhi, Kohli trained in West Delhi Cricket Academy; started his youth career with Delhi Under-15 team. Kohli made his international debut in 2008 and quickly became a key player in the ODI team. Virat Kohli made his Test debut in 2011. In 2013, Kohli reached the number one spot in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen for the first time. During 2014 T20 World Cup, Virat Kohli set a record for the most runs scored in the tournament. In 2018, Kohli became the number one ranked Test batsman, making him the only Indian batsman to achieve the top spot in the ICC rankings in all three formats. His form continued in 2019, where Virat Kohli became the first player to score 20,000 international runs in single decade. In 2021, Virat Kohli made the decision to step down as the captain of the Indian national team for T20Is, following the T20 World Cup and in early 2022 Virat Kohli stepped down as the captain of the Test team as well.
Kohli has received many accolades for his performances on the cricket field. Virat Kohli was recognized as the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2012 and has won Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, given to the ICC Cricketer of the Year, on two occasions, in 2017 and 2018. Kohli also won ICC Test Player of the Year and ICC ODI Player of the Year awards in 2018, becoming the first player to win both awards in the same year. Additionally, Kohli was named the Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for three consecutive years, from 2016 to 2018. At the national level, Kohli was honoured with the Arjuna Award in 2013, the Padma Shri under the sports category in 2017 and the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award, India's highest sporting honour, in 2018.
In 2016, Virat Kohli was ranked as one of the world's most famous athletes by ESPN and one of the most valuable athlete brands by Forbes. in 2018, Time magazine included him on its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2020, Virat Kohli was ranked 66th in Forbes list of the top 100 highest-paid athletes in the world for the year 2020 with estimated earnings of over $26 million.