File photo of Virat Kohli© AFP
Virat kohli currently a giant in the Indian cricket village. He not only has the second most tons in international cricket (71) but is also considered one of the greatest in Indian cricket. From an early age, he showed promise. He led India to the U-19 World Cup championship in 2008 and that same year made his ODI debut. Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar was the chairman of the selection team at the time and recounted why he chose a young Kohli for the Senior India Team.
Vengsarkar, a prolific smasher during his playing days, talks about India A’s match against New Zealand A in 2008.
“It’s the pickers’ vision. It’s not that he’s got 100, but what I admire about him is that when I asked him to open the innings, he said ‘Ok, I’ll open. turn”. India has been chasing around 270 runs in New Zealand and they’ve got some international fast pitchers, a good strike. And we’ve picked a team of good upstarts. They are all under the age of 23 and we wanted to pick out those players… who will play for India later on,” Vengsarkar told former Indian cricketer WV Raman on the YouTube channel of the latter.
“Virat played so well. After scoring 100, he was sure that India would win the match. His score of 123 was not out of the game. That’s when I realized that he has matured. And I’ve been following him since the under-16 days. Then the Under-19 and then India. So I knew that this guy was ready and he needed to be selected. We were going to Sri. Lanka to play the One-Day series. It was the ideal opportunity to pick this young player and prepare him.”
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