Former captain explains why he chose Virat Kohli for Team India in 2008.

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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