He supported Virat Kohli but later he was removed !

The former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar, who backed Virat Kohli in 2008, was removed as chief selector post. According to Dilip Vengsarkar, his backing of Virat Kohli over S Badrinath in 2008, did not go well with BCCI treasure of that time, N Srinivasan.

In the year 2008, the Indian team won the U19 Cricket World Cup under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. The U19 skipper Virat Kohli came to limelight after his brilliant performances in 2008 U19 WC. After analyzing Kohli’s talent, Dilip Vengsarkar included him in the squad instead of S Badrinath in India’s tour of Sri Lanka in 2008.

Virat Kohli

Speaking with the press at the function in Mumbai, former Indian batsman reveals how choosing Kohli over Badrinath did not go well with Srinivasan. “I felt this was an ideal situation to include Kohli in the squad. Although the other four selectors agreed with my decision, Gary Kirsten and MS Dhoni were reluctant as they had not seen much of Kohli. I told them that I have seen him and we have to include him in the team. I knew that they were keen on keeping S Badrinath in the team because he was a Chennai Super Kings player. If Kohli would have come in, Badrinath would have been dropped. N Srinivasan was the BCCI treasurer at that time. He was upset that Badrinath was dropped because he was their player.” says Dilip Vengsarkar

Virat Kohli

The former Indian also reveals how not choosing Badrinath in Indian team ended his tenure as the chief selector. “Srinivasan asked me on what basis Badrinath was axed, and I explained that I had been on the Emerging Players tour to Australia where I saw Virat, who is an exceptional player and that is why he is in the team. He then asked, ‘When will he (Badrinath) get his chance? He is already 29 now’. I told him he will get his chance but I can’t tell you when. The very next day, he took Kris Srikkanth to Sharad Pawar, who was the (BCCI) president then and he took over as the chief selector and that was the end of my selection tenure,” Dilip added.

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