Virat Kohli celebrates his 34th birthday on 5 November 2022. The batter has gone through one of his most eventful years in his life between 2021 and 2022

Bruised, abused and battered for the last year because of his poor patch of form, Kohli could never have imagined what life turned out to be between 33 and 34.

Not only did he cop the blow for India’s failures on the pitch, but he was also engaged in a fairly public, poorly managed war of words with the top honchos of Indian cricket.

If the transition between 33 and 34 taught the great Virat Kohli anything - it is that nothing is permanent.

Kohli had to step away from the captaincy, was asked to go on leave and then later was branded finished until the Asia Cup.

If it were not for that one knock against Afghanistan, one where he scored a thundering century in the Asia Cup, he possibly still would have been.

But, on the evening of 8th September, all was well. Kohli had returned to his usual God-like stature, he was back in touch, and once again one of the first names on the team sheet.