Virat Kohli favourite cricketer : When India U-19 captain Virat Kohli picked Herschelle Gibbs as his favourite cricketer – watch video

When Virat Kohli picked Herschelle Gibbs as his favourite cricketer. &nbsp

One of the best batsmen in world cricket at present, Virat Kohli toiled hard in junior cricket and domestic cricket before making it to the senior level. He represented Delhi in various age groups and then progressed to the India U-19 side. The right-handed batsman showed his leadership qualities right in junior cricket and led the India U-19 side to a famous victory in the World Cup played in 2008.

Kohli would make his India debut just five months after the World Cup triumph. During his junior days, Kohli used to refer to himself as a middle-order batsman and ‘quick bowler’. If this doesn’t surprise you, the name of his favourite cricketer in those days would definitely.

A day before Kohli’s birthday last year, the ICC shared a throwback video where U-19 cricketers were giving their introductions. The video started with Steve Smith, who picked Phil Simmons as his favourite cricketer.

Kohli first called himself a quick bowler and then named Herschelle Gibbs as his favourite cricketer. No doubt, Gibbs is one of the finest who played for South Africa. Since Kohli started playing in the 90s, many would have expected him to pick Sachin Tendulkar as his favourite cricketer.

A cult figure, Tendulkar still remains to be an inspiration to millions of youngsters who dream to represent the country, Check out Kohli’s video –

A South Africa legend, Gibbs played 248 ODIs and 90 Test matches. He scored 6167 runs in the longest format and 8094 runs in 50-over cricket. Gibbs is the only batsman to hit 6 sixes in an over in ODI cricket. He also donned 23 T20I caps. Even though Gibbs played IPL, he never got a chance to play with the RCB captain.

Talking of Kohli’s numbers, he has already gone past Gibbs’ tally. The Indian skipper has 7490 Test runs and 12168 runs in ODIs. Kohli is the quickest batsman to score 10000 ODI runs.

The only batsman to have a 50+ average across all formats, Kohli has scored 3159 runs in 90 T20Is. He is the highest run-scorer in T20Is.

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