- Age: 26
- Height: 5’6”
- Job: Right-handed middle-order batsman
- Debut: Sri Lanka vs India at Dambulla, 2008
- Matches: 150
- Runs: 6232
- Average: 51.50
- Strike rate: 90.17
- Fifties: 33
- Hundreds: 21
Attitude: Excellent. Kohli’s biggest asset is that he can deal with pressure head-on. He really comes into his own during a big chase. Has the tendency to lose his cool, though.
Capability: He has problems against James Anderson’s swing in England, but Kohli’s technique against both pace and spin is top-class.
What it takes: Kohli has a brilliant track record of seeing the team through once he gets set. He can change the tempo of the game anytime.
Jersey number: 18, according to an astrologer, Kohli wears jersey number 19 because 9 (8+1) is his lucky number.
His importance: He is India’s best batsman currently. The team’s entire batting is likely to revolve around him. It is a matter of debate whether he should bat at number 3 or 4, but his form is critical, since he can win a match single-handedly gets his eyes in.