He hovered around the fringes of the Indian National team for the next few years, his 398 runs from 7 matches at the Emerging Players Tournament in 2009 fetched him the recognition from the national selectors and he went on to cement his place in the Indian national team. Kohli has always been a born leader and this trait was noticed quite early by the selectors who thought of him as the heir apparent to Dhoni and instated him as the vice-captain quite early into his playing career. And whenever given a chance to lead the side in the absence of Dhoni, Kohli came off scoring more than just handful of runs.
Centuries while Chasing
Virat has 19 centuries to his name when India has batted second. This record was previously held by none other than the “God of Cricket” and Virat’s childhood idol, Sachin Tendulkar. The Little Master held the record with 17 centuries during run chases for almost 8 years.
Average as Captain
Virat Kohli at a batting average of 59.53 as captain in test matches ranks only 3rd behind Sir Don Bradman and Steven Smith while considering only those captains with 2000 runs or more. The Virat Kohli captaincy era began in Australia during the 2014 tour when Dhoni was out injured for the 1st test match at Adelaide.