Virat Kohli completed 15 years in international cricket, having made his debut against Sri Lanka on this day in 2008.
On this day in 2008, a young and flamboyant Virat Kohli donned the Indian national team’s jersey for the first time, making his debut against Sri Lanka in an ODI match. Years on, Kohli has gone on to cement his place in the Indian cricketing spectrum as an absolute leader, who isn’t too far away from breaking some of the biggest records held in the game, especially by his idol Sachin Tendulkar. As Kohli reaches a historic milestone, his fans celebrated the landmark moment on social media, as #15YearsOfKingKohli started to trend on X (formerly Twitter).
It was against Sri Lanka in 2008 that Kohli played his first game for the national team, scoring just 12 runs off 22 balls. His opening partner Gautam Gambhir was dismissed for a 2-ball duck in the same match. The Indian team ended up scoring just 146 runs in the match as Sri Lanka emerged triumphant by 8 wickets.
Even Virat’s Indian Premier League franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore, took to Twitter to celebrate the momentous occasion.
“15 years since a talented teenager arrived at the International stage
15 years of turning doubters into believers
15 years of rollercoaster of emotions and so much happiness
Thank you for being you @imVkohli,” RCB wrote on X.
Here’s how fans paid tribute to Kohli on the occasion:
Playing his first ODI World Cup, Virat Kohli was a part of India’s title-winning team, led by MS Dhoni. While luck wasn’t on his side when it comes to winning ICC titles as a captain, Kohli would be hoping to lift the ODI World Cup title for the second time in his career as the mega event gets underway this year.