NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli tasted his first sip of stardom in the 2008 ICC Under 19 World Cup where team India totally dominated the event. However, the Indian captain feels that his New Zealand contemporary Kane Williamson was the stand out payer for him during the series.
In a media release by the ICC, captain Kohli named Williamson who he thinks always stands out for his team New Zealand. He said, "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. It is good to know that so many people from that batch, like Kane and Steve Smith, have played for their respective countries."
In the particular event, India beat New Zealand in the semi-final. It also featured stars like Tim Southee, Ravindra Jadeja and Trent Boult.
Further, Kohli also highlighted the importance of that 2008 ICC U-19 WC in his whole career. Referring to it as a "very important milestone", Virat said, "The ICC U19 World Cup was a very important milestone in my career. 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."
Undoubtedly, Kohli was the star of the 2008 edition.
Currently, Kohli is on a vacation to spend some quality time with wife Anushka Sharma and welcome the new year wholeheartedly. The couple was not alone in their celebrations as they met other celebrity couples like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Varun Dhawan and Natasha Dalal.