Virat Kohli who led India to Under 19 World Cup victory in 2008 in Malaysia said the importance of Under 19 World Cup saying that this event helps them to showcase their talent to the world and also make them better cricketers.
The 11th edition of the Under 19 World Cup will begin from 27th January in Bangladesh also stressed the importance of the tournament.
“A lot of players I played against in 2008, are now playing for their respective nations,” Kohli was quoted as saying in an ICC release.
Kohli is now a permanent member of the Indian squad who won the Under 19 World Cup in 2008 but played a key role in ICC World Cup in 2011 and ICC Champions trophy in 2013. Kohli is one of the best batsmen in all formats in modern day cricket.
“It was an opportunity for everyone to showcase their talent because the whole world was watching it,” said the star batsman, who scored 235 runs in six matches at an average of 47 with one century.’
“TV coverage helped me in a big way because people back home noticed the guys who were coming up from the young group, the next lot of players who had the character, belief and skill to make it to the next level.”
Kohli also said that Under 19 World Cup helps a cricketer to mature as a player and perform to it’s potential and become a star for a future.
“It was competitive,” he said. “A lot of players I played against in 2008 are now playing for their respective nations. You get quality players and you get an opportunity to show the world what you have.”