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.

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.

“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’.

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.

The Indian side was set to travel to Sri Lanka and Vengsarkar felt it was the right time to include a young Kohli.