India won the Under-19 World Cup in 2008 under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. After this historic victory, Kohli got a chance to debut in One Day International cricket in the same year.
After this Virat was added by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first edition of IPL 2008. Virat, who made his debut for RCB in IPL, is still with the same franchise after 13 years.
The players of Pakistan also got a chance to play in the first edition of IPL. Former wicket-keeper batsman of Pakistan cricket team Kamran Akmal is one of them who played in the first edition of IPL.
Akmal was then part of the Rajasthan Royals team that won the trophy in 2008. Kamran shares his experiences about the young Kohli he saw during IPL 2008.
Kamran said during the show ‘Hard Talk with Kamran Akmal’ on YouTube channel named Savera Pasha, ‘I was surprised to see Virat Kohli when I played the first edition of IPL. I wondered what cricket he would play at such a young age.
Akmal said that year after year, Kohli improved his performance and today he is a role model for the youth. “He (Kohli) has changed himself now,” said Akmal. He has now become a role model for the youth. Kohli’s nickname is Cheeku.
Akmal has given a befitting reply to those criticizing Virat, asking whether another captain can get India the ICC trophy. Kohli’s captaincy has come under heavy criticism after the defeat against New Zealand in the World Test Championship final.
Kamran said, ‘He (Kohli) is a wonderful player and a great captain. No one can say with guarantee that another captain will win the ICC tournament for you. It is related to luck.’