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10 Shocking facts about Indian cricketers

Take a look at some of the astonishing facts about some Indian cricketers that are not known by many.

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Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)

Indian cricket team has earned a reputable position in world cricket with their incredible achievements. Currently, this sport is no less than a religion in India, and the credit for this amazing success goes to fans, But along with them, it’s Indian team players that have succeeded in winning the hearts of Indians with their extraordinary performances. 

Since 1932, India are playing international cricket and so far in more than 90 years, Indian team supporters have got a lot of glorious memories to revisit. MS Dhoni’s 2011 World Cup-winning six and Kapil Dev’s iconic catch against Viv Richards in the 1983 World Cup final are the most common memories that are remembered but along with that, there are some astonishing facts about Indian cricketers that are not much known by Indian team’s supporters. 

Here are the 10 shocking facts about Indian cricketers

10. Virat Kohli got his first T20I scalp without bowling a delivery 

Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)

Virat Kohli is known for his exceptional batting skills in international cricket. In his 15-year career, he has served Indian cricket efficiently with his bat. Currently, he is one of the best batters in the international circuit. Back in 2011, when Kohli was striving to solidify his position in Indian cricket, an interesting incident happened that is still fresh in the minds of the Indian cricket team’s supporters.

During India’s tour of England in 2011, the two sides locked horns in the only T20 International (T20I) in Manchester. Batting first after winning the toss, India put up 165 runs on the board, riding on the brisk knocks of Ajinkya Rahane’s 61 off 39 and Suresh Raina’s 33 off 19. 

Defending the total, India dismissed Alex Hales and Craig Kieswetter but Kevin Pietersen was looking dangerous with his bat scoring 33 off just 22. In the eighth over, captain MS Dhoni brought Virat Kohli into the attack and the youngster bowled down the leg side against Pietersen, who stepped out to play an attacking shot but got deceived and lost his wicket getting stumped at the hands of MS Dhoni. Kohli, who delivered the breakthrough, picked up his first T20 International (T20I) wicket on the zeroth ball as the umpire declared the delivery a wide.

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