Virat Kohli recounts playing against Kane Williamson and Steve Smith in the 2008 ICC…

first_imgImage Courtesy: CricnWin/ICCAdvertisement eNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2adlWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eecpt( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 9v3aWould you ever consider trying this?😱bqo5pCan your students do this? 🌚9urRoller skating! Powered by Firework Virat Kohli, who is the inevitable part of Team India and Test cricket’s success in recent history, had his start in 2006 as a member of the Indian under 19 squad for the ODI tour of England. Two years later, Kohli captained the youth team on road to success at the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup, and lifted the trophy in Malaysia. Recalling his early days, the skipper named the two players as the most impressive in that tournament, and it was none other than the Aussie superstar Steve Smith and the New Zealand icon Kane Williamson.Advertisement Image Courtesy: CricnWin/ICCKohli, who was 19 at the time of the tournament, had impressed the fans, veterans and cricketing pundits, with his physical approach to a consistent performance. Featured in a recent ICC broadcast, the 31 year old was quoted saying: “The ICC U19 World Cup was a very important milestone in my career.”Virat Kohli had a marvellous spell in the tournament. In the Group B match against West Indies, the hitter scored an amazing 100 off 74, and even picked two wickets in the semi final face off against New Zealand.Advertisement He continued: “It helped us get a good platform to build on and make our careers from thereon, so it holds a very important place in my mind and heart. It is very important to understand and respect the opportunity it provides to you.”However, he also shed all the appraisal at Smith and Williamson, the latter who Kohli faced in the semis. In the video, Kohli spoke positive about the Black Caps skipper.Advertisement “I remember playing against Kane (Williamson). He was someone who always stood out in the team, his batting ability was very different from the other players who were around.” Kohli was noted saying.The 2008 under 19 world cup saw the rise of another big name in cricket, the legendary Steve Smith. Although not playing a direct match against him, Kohli remembered the marvellous performance of the young Aussie icon in the tournament.“It is good to know that so many people from that batch, like Kane and Steve Smith, have played for their respective countries,” the Royal Challengers Bangalore leader added.Kohli, who has earned an astounding 242 ODI caps for the Men in Blues, has scored a monumental 11,609 runs for the international squad. In 2008 alone, the youngster from Delhi scored 235 runs with a batting average of 47 in the game format.Also read-Even Virat Kohli can’t believe his 10 Year transformation challenge!Virat Kohli ends 2019 as the number 1 batsman in the ICC Test rankings Advertisementlast_img