Ex-Captain Explains Why He Selected Virat Kohli For Team India in 2008 After Scoring A Hundred

Dilip Vengsarkar was the chairman of selectors when he was a youth Kohli was selected for the senior India Team . He said he admired how Kohli started the innings in a match against New Zealand A in 2008 .

Virat Kohli is now a legend in Indian cricket.He is not only the second-most tonne in international cricket (71), but he is also considered one of India's greatest players ever.He showed promise at an early age.He guided India to a U-19 World Cup triumph in 2008 and made his ODI debut in the same year.

Its not that he scored a 100, but what I admired about him was that when I asked him to start the innings, he said, Okay, I will start the innings.India was chasing some 270 runs in New Zealand, and they had some international fast bowlers and a good attack.We had selected a young players squad.On the latter's YouTube channel, Vengsarkar said we wanted to select out of those players who would play for India later on.Virat played so brilliantly.

He scored 123 not out.I saw him mature, and that's when I knew he'd grown up.I had been following him since his Under-16 years.Then under-19s and then India.

We were about to travel to Sri Lanka to play a One-Day series.It was the right time to pick this baby boy and groom him.