Virat Kohli came to lime light when he scored 90 runs to save Delhi from follow-on in the match against Karnataka on December 19, 2006. On the same day, his father had passed away at 3 in the morning due to brain stroke. His innings of 90 was termed "Very Crucial" by his captain Mitthun Manhas.
Virat Kohli, an attacking player with a cool head has already earned reputation as a talented, level-headed and mature cricketer. Batting at his favorite no.3 position,Virat Kohli has an urge for converting his fifties into big scores, as he show cased his talent in 2005 when he single-handedly took Delhi from 70 for 4 to a first-innings lead with a knock of 251 off 431 balls against Himachal Pradesh in the U-17 championships. Kohli made his first-class debut for Delhi in 2006-2007 Ranji Trophy and in January 2008 was named captain of the Indian U-19 squad for the 2008 World Cup. He led India's unbeaten campaign in Malaysia. He contributed 235 runs and he is the second Indian U-19 captain to bring home the World Cup.