Former India chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar revealed how MS Dhoni and then coach Gary Kirsten were not in favour of Virat Kohli getting picked for India in 2008. <p></p> <p></p>The 63-year-old explained how others in the selection panel were ready to pick players from the Under-23 side and at that time they had won the U-19 World Cup. So, he picked Virat Kohli, who performed well in that tournament and was the skipper of the team. <p></p> <p></p>"I and my colleagues decided that we will take the U-23 boys and at that time we had won the U-19 World Cup, Virat Kohli was the U-19 captain and I selected him in the team. He (Kohli) was technically sound and I thought he should be played. We were going to Sri Lanka and I felt that this is the ideal situation that he should be in the team. My four colleagues said 'As you say Dilip Bhai'. <p></p> <p></p>However, Gary and Dhoni were saying 'No, we haven't seen him and we will continue with the same team'. I told them 'You haven't seen him but I have seen and we have to take this boy," Dilip Vengsarkar said as quoted by News Nation. <p></p> <p></p>The Indian side was set to travel to Sri Lanka and Vengsarkar felt it was the right time to include a young Kohli.