11 years of Virat Kohli’s U-19 World Cup triumph: Legends pay tribute to India skipper

first_imgOn March 2, 2008, a 19-year-old Virat Kohli lifted the U-19 World Cup trophy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Kohli made just 20 in the final against South Africa U-19 but he led his troops wonderfully well to help India defend a 159-run target in the big final.Only a handful from that World Cup-winning XI has gone on to play for India at the highest level. And one among them has gone on to become arguably the best modern-day batsman.Virat Kohli, by no means, set the stage on fire immediately after grabbing limelight with the U-19 World Cup title. The Delhi youngster had to wait for his chances while a few of his contemporaries got an early break into the senior national team.However, Kohli, by means of perseverance and hard work, has become peerless. The India captain had conceded in the past that he needed to change his lifestyle drastically in order to pursue greatness in the sport. There were trying times in his nascent career but Kohli has managed to successfully overcome them and become an inspiration for millions.India vs Australia, 1st ODI in Hyderabad: Live cricket scoreCut to March 2, 2019, Kohli is already regarded as one of the all-time greats of the game. With more than 18,000 international runs and 64 centuries, Kohli is only behind his childhood idol, Sachin Tendulkar on the list of most hundreds in international cricket.The best batsman in the world now is gearing up for the pursuit of World Cup glory. Having won the coveted trophy in his very first attempt as a player, the 30-year-old is bidding to become the third India captain after MS Dhoni and Kapil Dev to lift the World Cup trophy as captain.advertisementWhile there were concerns surrounding his temperament, former Australia opener Matthew Hayden believes his aggressive outlook sets him apart from the rest.Kohli hasn’t lost the essence of who he is: Matthew HaydenSpeaking to Star Sports during the first ODI between India and Australia in Hyderabad, Hayden said: “I think it’s his [Virat Kohli’s] emotion… there’s a strong set of belief that a leader has to be clinical and almost take emotions out of it to a degree. His emotions… the fact that he is high energy… that inspires his teammates in terms of work ethics, and trying and winning games for their country.#OnThisDay in 2008, a young @imVkohli lifted the #U19CWC for India!Here he is, looking back to a tournament that changed so much for him! https://t.co/Mcya3v9KZw pic.twitter.com/mMC6VCnJQFICC (@ICC) March 2, 2019″From the U-19 set up to the World Cup which is happening in two month’s time, it’s been an inspirational journey. You can see that growth and maturity but also not lose the essence of who he is — an emotional character,” Hayden added.Virat Kohli leads by example: Sunil GavaskarRegarding him as the best batsman in the world, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said Virat Kohli has worked extremely hard to get where he is in international cricket.”I think the man has matured so much. He is the best batsman in the world, by a distance. I know Williamson, Steve Smith and Joe Root are getting close, but you know, Virat is up there in all formats. Not just Test cricket,” Gavaskar said.”That is where that progress has been phenomenal. In 2009, he probably wasn’t the best batsman in that U-19 team. The way he has developed… he has made lifestyle changes. His cricket can get better.”He has realised that to play for the country is a privilege that only very few get. You have got to work extremely hard for it. You have got to have a little bit of luck, but he has worked extremely hard for it. He leads by example as far as work ethic is concerned. I think, therefore, the success that he has got is very very well deserved.”Also Read | We salute Wing Commander Abhinandan’s courage: BCCI acting president CK KhannaAlso Read | irat Kohli salutes real hero Wing Commander Abhinandan: I bow down to youAlso See:last_img

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