Virat Kohli’s consistency with the bat in International cricket seems to be unmatchable as he piled on runs in all the three formats at an average around 50. He wasn’t as devastating for his domestic teams as he is performing at the International stage.
Kohli, however, spent decent enough time playing domestic tournaments representing his home team Delhi. In this article, we look at some of the major achievements of Virat from the India domestic cricket which are not familiar ones to many people.
Here are few records from the Indian domestic cricket which are still on the name of Virat Kohli:
3. Youngest captain to win the Deodhar Trophy
Even after ten years since the Deodhar Trophy of the 2009-10 season, Virat Kohli holds a unique record in the competition’s history. Virat was only 21 years and 124 days old when he led the North Zone team in this tournament. The record for being the youngest captain to feature in a Deodhar Trophy final is now on the name of Shubman Gill.
The batsman from Punjab was only 20 years and 57 days old when he led India ‘C’ team in the final of previous edition against India ‘B’. However, Shubman’s team finished as the runners-up having lost the final by a solid margin of 51 runs. This meant Virat Kohli still holds the record for being the youngest captain to win a Deodhar Trophy final.
North Zone team posted 267/9 during the 2009-10 Deodhar final whose bowlers later reduced the West Zone to 100/6. Yusuf Pathan continued his fight with a 39-ball 80 which included 9 maximums. West Zone lost their last four wickets for five runs as the North Zone won the match 49 runs.
2. Record partnerships for Delhi
Virat Kohli currently holds the record for the most number of double centuries in Test cricket for India. He struck seven 200s in the Test cricket thus far, all coming in the span of 3 and half years. Kohli never scored a first-class double century prior to this spree of double tons. His highest first-class score remained 197 for nearly 8 years. Kohli scored 197 during the 2008-09 edition of the Nissar Trophy at the Feroz Shah Kotla. The Delhi team featured in this game as the Ranji Trophy champions of the 2007-08 edition.
They faced the Quaid-e-Azam champions SNGPL (Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited) who took a 132-run first-innings lead in this fixture. Delhi tried to bounce back as Virat smashed 197 from 274 balls with 30 boundaries. He shared a 385-run partnership with Aakash Chopra which is Delhi’s highest stand in FC cricket for the 2nd wicket. Chopra himself scored 182 from 315 balls but the title was won by the visitors as an outright result was not possible due to play being abandoned on the final day.
Kohli’s 197 remains as the highest individual score by an Indian team across the three editions of the Nissar Trophy. In fact, only Khurram Manzoor (for Karachi Urban vs Mumbai in 2006-07) recorded a highest score in this competition. The duo of Kohli and Chopra also registered the biggest 2nd wicket partnership for Delhi in List A cricket. They put on a 222-run stand in only 30.2 overs during a 300+ chase against Railways in the quarter-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2008-09.
1. Most centuries in a Vijay Hazare Trophy
Virat Kohli got a chance to make his India debut in interesting circumstances as he was made to open during the 2008 Sri Lanka ODI series. However, he had to wait for his 2nd chance in ODIs until the 2009 Champions Trophy. Virat’s batting performances during this period i.e. in the 2008-09 Indian domestic season played a key role in bringing him back to the scheme of things. Kohli stood out as the leading-run getting of the 2008-09 Vijay Hazare Trophy with 534 runs.
He amassed those 534 runs across seven innings at an impressive batting average of 89 with the help of a record number of four centuries. Virat Kohli’s four centuries in this tournament are the most number of hundreds scored by any player in a single edition of the tournament. A lot of players before and after Virat in 2008-09 did smash three hundreds apiece in the history of the Vijay Hazare Trophy but none of them got their 4th ton in the same tournament.
Kohli’s first ton was 102 from 113 balls against the Jammu & Kashmir where the Delhi team won by 112 runs. In the following match against Punjab, the Delhi batsman smashed an unbeaten 119 from only 110 balls by putting on an unbeaten 124-run stand with Rajat Bhatia for the 4th wicket. This was easily Kohli’s easiest ton of the tournament as Delhi were chasing only 203 which was tracked down in only 38.5 overs.
Virat’s highest score of the season was 124 which came in only 82 balls against the Haryana team with 9 fours and 7 sixes. Delhi finished with 364/6 on the board with help of Kohli’s ton while Haryana were bowled out for only 225. Kohli’s 4th and last ton of the season was 114 from 93 balls against Railways who posted 305/6. Kohli got out 82 runs away from a win with 19.2 overs still to be played. Delhi eventually reached the target but not before losing 8 wickets.
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