It was back in 2008, Virat was the hottest property going into the IPL auction, when India U-19 team had won the U-19 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur and was high on its aspirations. The current Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who led the team, scored 235 runs at an average of 47 with a strike rate of 94.75.
Immediately after that tournament was the auction for the inaugural edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). Virat, who hails from Delhi was supposed to be the DD were keen for. However, to everyone’s surprise, the Delhi based franchise didn’t show much interest in the youngster and Royal Challengers Bengaluru snapped Virat Kohli.
Now, in a podcast 22 Yarns with host Gaurav Kapur, Sundar Raman (the former IPL Chief Operating Officer) reveals that Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) had the chance to pick Virat Kohli in first season of the tournament.
However, the Delhi Daredevils’ management decided against it and picked Pradeep Sangwan in the draft instead of him as they thought that they had enough batting in their line-up in the form of Virender Sehwag and Mr 360 AB de Villiers
In the podcast, Raman said, “Interestingly, that was also the year India had won the U-19 World Cup, just a month before the auction. They were captained by Virat Kohli and we decided to keep a separate draft for the U-19 players a few days after the auction. Surprise, surprise! Virat Kohli was not the first player to be picked in the draft.”
“Delhi passed on him, actually, and picked Pradeep Sangwan instead, because they said they didn’t need another batsman. And they didn’t actually, they had Virender Sehwag and AB de Villiers. They were right in their thinking, but RCB picked him up and the rest as they say is history,” the former IPL COO added.
In the long run, the decision of not picking up Virat turned out to be costly one as he has smashed 5412 runs in 177 outings with 6 centuries and as well as 36 fifties.