Many know that Virat Kohli is turning 29 today, i.e., November 5th. It was back in 2008, when Dilip Vengsarkar selected Virat Kohli as Captain of India U19 team. Now, he has become the captain of Team India and is riding on success. He has become a great player with his consistency and his valuable contribution to the team. He has become the sole Indian player to make it in the world’s 100 highest paid sportsman in the latest Forbes list.
If you don’t know who is Virat Kohli, then you are not a cricket fan who live in other country. He is the run machine, who is famous for his consistency. He breaks atleast one record for every match he played. Today, in the second T20I against New Zealand, though India lost, Virat Kohli surpassed Tilakaratne Dilshan to become the second highest run scorer in International T20’s.
Happy Birthday Virat Kohli – Facts to Know:
The main fact that everyone must know is, Dilip Vengsarkar, who was the chairman of the BCCI selection committee, was ‘removed’ for picking Virat Kohli. Dilip Vengsarkar was the chairman of the BCCI selection committee when Virat Kohli made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in 2008. It was Vengsarkar who handpicked the Delhi batsman out of an Emerging players tour to Australia.
In a book named Democracy’s XI, the popular Television Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai have revealed, that N. Srinivasan’s first choice was Tamil Nadu lad S. Badrinath, but Vengsarkar just wanted Virat Kohli in Indian squad no matter what. Even after N. Srinivasan took this matter to the then BCCI president Sharad Pawar, Vengsarkar still picked Virat Kohli for India team.
“When N. Srinivasan, then board treasurer and controller of Tamil Nadu cricket, found out I had dropped Badrinath for Virat, he was livid and went and complained to the board president Sharad Pawar. The next day I was removed as chairman of selectors but fortunately they couldn’t change my decision to pick Virat,” said Vengsarkar.
Because of a man named Vengsarkar, Virat Kohli is in his position now and is riding on success as he led Team India to great level.
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