Dilip Vengsarkar: “Dhoni and Kirsten had not heard of Kohli when I backed him”


Dilip Vengsarkar, the former chief selector for the Indian Cricket Team stated how he discovered current Team India captain Virat Kohli and backed his selection into the team. He mentioned how the then coach Gary Kirsten and captain MS Dhoni wanted Kohli to play more domestic matches before making a cut in the Indian team, Vegsarkar was fully convinced about Kohli’s potential and made sure to fast-track his selection in the team.

Kohli, who is on the verge of becoming India’s most successful Test captain and is often touted as the run machine, made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in 2008.

Vegsarkar spotted Kohli during the Emerging Players tournament in Australia after the U-19 world cup. As Kohli smashed a ton in the very first match, Vegsarkar was convinced about the exceptional talent that Kohli had and advocated his inclusion in the side when Kirsten and Dhoni had not even heard of Kohli.

He also thanked Dhoni for the faith that he showed towards Kholi in his initial days and gave him the opportunity to bat at number 3.

Presently Virat has amassed over 20,000 runs in international cricket along with 66 hundred. He also was a part of the 2011 World Cup Winning Squad and will be seen leading the Indian side in the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.



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