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New Zealand‘s captain Kane Williamson first played against an enthusiastic Virat Kohli in the Under-19 World Cup of 2008. It was the semi-final of the contest between New Zealand and India and the then Under-19 Kiwis skipper Williamson, knew there is something special about his counterpart. There were glimpses that Kohli was made for great things and he would go on to prove his mettle.
Kohli’s Under-19 boys not only won the semi-final against New Zealand but also went on to lift the coveted trophy. Meanwhile, Kohli kept working hard on his game and he was soon able to break into the national side. The right-hander was able to grab his chances and he was at his best in the 2012-13 season where he scored a truckload of runs.
Virat Kohli is the best in the business
Since then, Kohli has not looked back. He has taken giant strides in the cricketing world and there is hardly record that he has not broken yet. In fact, if he keeps going at the same rate, many cricket pundits believe he would be able to leapfrog his idol, Sachin Tendulkar.
Kane Williamson said while talking to Star Sports Cricket Connected, “You could see that it was just a matter of time before he would be making some strong inroads into the full international scene. You know at the moment, leading the way in cricket and setting the standards as a batter and breaking all these records.”
Meanwhile, Williamson added that a lot of credit goes to Kohli’s hunger to improve himself and take the right decisions. Kohli is known to give his 120% on the field and he has worked hard immensely on his fitness to be the best in the world. The Indian captain has an insatiable hunger to improve his game and he keeps working hard in the practice.
“You know all of that probably has to come down to his maturity and ability to make very good decisions. Not only is he gifted with his natural ability but you marry that up with this constant drive and hunger to improve and just be a better day in, day out. We are fortunate to play against each other, it’s being great for me from a young age and follow his progress as well.”
Virat Kohli has been an inspiration to the young generation and there is no that his work ethic has helped him reach the top echelon of the cricket world. Obviously there is talent and skills but it is well said that hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard. Kohli certainly had the talent and he has worked harder than anyone else to reach to the top.