‘Kohli’s selection to the Indian team was the result of a series of events’: Dilip Vengsarkar

Indian cricket owes its genius to former captain Dilip Vengsarkar. In 2008, when Kohli received his India cap, he was the chairman of selectors of the BCCI. The Indian team selected Kohli six months after he led the Under-19 team to a World Cup win in Malaysia, and Vengsarkar recalled how Kohli had risen through the ranks exponentially before being selected for the Indian team. 

In congratulating Kohli on his 100 Tests feat, Vengsarkar highlights three aspects that he feels have made him a top player in world cricket. Kohli is still young enough to contribute to Indian cricket for at least five more years, according to Vengsarkar. ”Virat was playing for Delhi schools during the Under-16 tournament in Kolkata when I saw him for the first time. Although he did not score many runs, he was very impressive. In the future, of course, he will play for India at the Under-19 level and did extremely well. In fact, they won the World Cup together. Later, the emerging players’ tournament took place in Australia,” Vengsarkar said in a recent video.

”It is an honor to play 100 Test matches for India. Virat has shown his class as an international player. He has played for India for so long because of his focus, passion, and discipline. He’s still very young and extremely fit, and I’m sure he’ll play for another 5-6 years. He is one of the finest performers we have,” Vengsarkar concluded.