Former captain explains why he chose Virat Kohli for Team India in 2008. Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar was the selectors’ chairman at the time. He explain why he chose a young Kohli for the senior India team.
Virat Kohli is now a cricketing behemoth in India. He not only has the second-most tons in international cricket (71) but is also regarded as one of the best Indian cricketers of all time. Showed promise from a young age. He led India to the 2008 U-19 World Cup triumph and in the same year made his ODI debut. Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar was the selectors’ chairman at the time. He explained why he chose a young Kohli for the senior India team.
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Dilip Vengsarkar mentioned an India A encounter versus New Zealand A in 2008.
“It is a selector’s vision. ” He didn’t hit a century, but what I appreciated about him was that when I asked him to start the innings, he answered, “OK, I’ll open the innings.” India was chasing 270 runs in New Zealand and had some international fast bowlers and a strong assault. And we had assembled a strong team of developing athletes. “They were all Under-23 guys, and we wanted to choose out such individuals… who would play for India later,” Vengsarkar said on WV Raman’s YouTube channel.
“Virat performed admirably. He ensured India’s victory after striking a century. He finished with a score of 123 not out. That’s when I realized he’d grown up. And I’d been keeping an eye on him since his Under-16 days. Then came the Under-19s, and finally India. So I knew this person was ready and needed to be chosen. We were preparing to leave for Sri Lanka for a one-day series. It was the optimum time to choose and train this child.”
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