New Delhi: Virat Kohli has recently completed seven years of international cricket. And a "grateful" Indian Test captain took to micro-blogging site Twitter to claim that "this is just the beginning."
From 18-8-2008 Dambulla to 18-8-2015 Colombo, 7 years! And this is just the beginning. Grateful and Blessed.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 18, 2015
Kohli, who is in Sri Lanka leading the Indian team for the first time in a full series as Test captain, made his debut against the same opponents in an One-Day International at Dambulla on August 18, 2008.
He failed to contribute in that match with India losing by eight wickets, but since then he has established himself as the mainstay of Indian batting in all forms of cricket, winning accolades as one of the leading contemporary batsman.
Thanks to his sheer consistency with the bat, the 26-year-old has already become a star, and many observers of the game have predicted him to create many batting records. In 161 ODI matches, he has scored 6586 runs including 22 hundreds, an exemplary number for a short career.
In fact, he has leapfrogged many legends of the game in the century makers' list. In Test cricket, he has scored 11 hundreds in 35 matches, the last coming against the Lankans in the ongoing three-match series.