‘Endlessly thankful’: Virat Kohli marks 15 years in international cricket

Minute Mirror - Subscribe
Minute Mirror - Subscribe

Indian cricket sensation Virat Kohli, who entered the Team India arena on August 18, 2008, has now successfully concluded a remarkable 15-year stint in international cricket.

Throughout this extensive tenure, Kohli not only transformed into one of the most illustrious players in the annals of cricket but also assumed the mantle of captaincy across all formats for Team India.

Highlighting his accomplishments, he held the distinction of being the fastest to amass 10,000 runs in ODIs and was honored with the title of male cricketer of the decade in 2020 by the ICC.

Using Instagram, the 34-year-old cricket star shared an image of himself adorned in the distinctive colors of the Indian cricket team, commemorating a triumphant moment against Pakistan during his team’s opening match in the 2022 T20 World Cup.

His accompanying caption read, “Forever grateful.”
During this particular match, Kohli exhibited an unbeaten display, securing 82 runs from 53 deliveries. His innings were adorned with six boundaries and four towering sixes, proving instrumental in India’s four-wicket victory. Despite India’s subsequent exit in the semi-finals at the hands of eventual champions England, it is worth noting that Kohli emerged as the tournament’s highest run-scorer.

Jay Shah of the BCCI took to Twitter to extend his accolades to Kohli, stating, “Heartiest congratulations to the exceptional @imVkohli on completing a glorious 15 years of dedicated service to international cricket! Your passion, steadfastness, and notable triumphs have served as a wellspring of motivation for countless individuals. May your triumphs persist, and may you continue to achieve numerous more significant milestones in the times to come!”

Throughout his career, he has garnered prestigious accolades, including the ICC ODI Player of the Year awards in 2012, 2017, and 2018. Additionally, he earned recognition as the Test Player of the Year in 2018. Notably, he clinched the coveted Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Cricket of the Year award consecutively in 2017 and 2018.

Muhammad Awais Raza is a student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Sociology at the Government College University (GCU). Awais can be contacted via email at awaisrazasewag@gmail.com. He is also available on Twitter under the handle @Awais_raza512