On this day in 2008, a young and flamboyant Virat Kohli donned the Indian national team’s jersey for the first time, making his debut against Sri Lanka in an ODI match. Years on, Kohli has gone on to cement his place in the Indian cricketing spectrum as an absolute leader, who isn’t too far away from breaking some of the biggest records held in the game, especially by his idol Sachin Tendulkar. As Kohli reaches a historic milestone, his fans celebrated the landmark moment on social media, as #15YearsOfKingKohli started to trend on X (formerly Twitter).
It was against Sri Lanka in 2008 that Kohli played his first game for the national team, scoring just 12 runs off 22 balls. His opening partner Gautam Gambhir was dismissed for a 2-ball duck in the same match. The Indian team ended up scoring just 146 runs in the match as Sri Lanka emerged triumphant by 8 wickets.
Even Virat’s Indian Premier League franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore, took to Twitter to celebrate the momentous occasion.
“15 years since a talented teenager arrived at the International stage
15 years of turning doubters into believers
15 years of rollercoaster of emotions and so much happiness
Thank you for being you @imVkohli,” RCB wrote on X.
years since a talented teenager arrived at the International stage
years of turning doubters into believers
years of rollercoaster of emotions and so much happiness
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) August 18, 2023
Here’s how fans paid tribute to Kohli on the occasion:
15 YEARS OF VIRAT KOHLI
Greatest batsman of this generation and inspirational for every youngster. Every player wants to be like him. Face of world cricket. Best wishes for world cup.. #ViratKohli #15YearsOfKingKohli #INDvsIRE #UninstallUnacademy pic.twitter.com/YcmRDPQrCf
— Ujjwal (@Ujjwal_9792) August 18, 2023
VIRAT IS PART OF~
ODI | T20i | Test ~ XI of This Decade
Odi XI of all Time
T20i XI of all Time
T20i WC XI of all Time
Champions Trophy XI of all Time
Asia Cup(Odi) XI of all Time
Asia Cup(T20i) of all Time
Clutch Player XI of all Time(Batting)
— Aryan (@OxygenKohli18) August 18, 2023
15 years of Virat Kohli in World cricket
He is Greatest ever
He is Irreplaceable
He is beyond cricket
He is Face of Indian cricket
— kohlibhakt (@Pavancool06J) August 18, 2023
— Supreme Strange (@Doc_Supreme_) August 18, 2023
— RishabGarg (@rishabgargalt) August 18, 2023
Playing his first ODI World Cup, Virat Kohli was a part of India’s title-winning team, led by MS Dhoni. While luck wasn’t on his side when it comes to winning ICC titles as a captain, Kohli would be hoping to lift the ODI World Cup title for the second time in his career as the mega event gets underway this year.
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