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"Forever grateful" Virat shares Insta-post celebrating 16th anniversary in International cricket

"Forever grateful" Virat shares Insta-post celebrating 16th anniversary in International cricket

Team India's top batter Virat Kohli took to Instagram to commemorate the 15th anniversary of his great cricketing career.

Virat made his debut for India against Sri Lanka in an ODI match on the same day in 2008.

King Kohli has played 111 Tests for India since 2011. After making his Test debut against the West Indies in 2011, he overcame the miseries of his first trip, in which he scored only 76 runs in five innings, to become one of the most visible champions of red-ball cricket.

In 187 innings, he has scored 8,676 runs at an average of 49.29, with 29 hundreds, 29 fifties, and a top score of 254*.

He is India's fifth-highest Test scorer and 23rd all-time, trailing Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar (15,921 runs in 200 matches and 51 hundreds). He also has the fourth-highest Test century among Indians. Virat also has the most double hundreds (seven) of any Indian player.

ODIs are Virat's preferred format. In 275 One-Day Internationals, he has scored 12,898 runs at an average of 57.32. In 265 innings, he has 46 centuries and 65 half-centuries, with a top score of 183.

He is India's second-highest ODI run-getter, trailing only Sachin (18,426 runs in 463 matches, with 49 hundreds), and ranks fifth overall. Virat also has the second-most ODI hundreds and is aiming for a half-century of ODI tonnes.

Virat Kohli established a tremendous legacy as a Test skipper. He led India to 40 victories, 17 defeats, and 11 draws in 68 Tests. This equates to a win rate of 58.82 percent.

In an era when the T20 format encourages attacking batting, Virat has successfully combined conservatism and situational attacking to become a T20I behemoth.

He has scored 4,008 runs in 115 T20Is, with an average of 52.73 and a strike rate of 137.96. He has one century and 37 half-centuries to his name, with a best score of 122*.

He has the most runs, fifty-plus scores, and the greatest average in T20I cricket history. In T20Is, Virat has also won the most 'Man of the Match' (15) and 'Man of the Series' (seven) honours.

He was a member of the team that won the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, as well as the teams that reached the semifinals of the 2015 and 2019 Cricket World Cups and the final of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.