Virat Kohli reveals best moment of his career

Kohli hogged the limelight when he led India to victory in the U-19 World Cup in 2008. Months later, he was named in the senior squad and has since made giant strides.

India captain Virat Kohli has taken only 196 innings to cross the 11,000-run mark.

India captain Virat Kohli has taken only 196 innings to cross the 11,000-run mark.   -  AFP

India captain Virat Kohli rates his maiden national team call-up in 2008 as the biggest moment of his career. The India U-19 team, led by Kohli, had just won the World Cup but graduating to the senior side still looked like a distant dream.

”For me, the moment that will always be very dear to me is the day I got selected in the Indian team. I was at home with my mother, watching the news. I was getting no information from anywhere and as my name flashed I had no idea what to do,” Kohli said on the sidelines of Audi Q8 launch event.

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“I went berserk. I didn’t know whether to sit, stand, run or jump... I think that is one moment that I would multiply eight times any day and replay,” he said.

Kohli, who has more than 11,000 ODI runs, says playing for India has always been the real deal. “When you are playing for the national team, tournaments or series become achievements, they become accomplishments. But something that you work hard for, as an eight-year-old starting to play cricket, is representing your country — that is a feeling you can’t replicate,” he said.

“The starting point stands out for me because it gives you clarity, vision and motivation. It also keeps me grounded and reminds me where I’m from,” the captain added.