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5 Players who played with Virat Kohli in U19 World Cup 2008 – Where are they now?

India defeated South Africa in what turned out to be one of the finest U19 World Cup finals of all time.

India U-19
India U19. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Not many can forget Siddarth Kaul’s final over in the U19 World Cup back in 2008. It was a rain-marred game against South Africa and although the Indians didn’t have a lot to defend, they bowled with a big heart and ended up scripting a fairytale triumph in Malaysia.

The Indian skipper of that triumph, Virat Kohli, made his debut the senior team soon after and also became the Indian captain across all formats on his way to earning a legendary status. Some other prolific names from that edition include Manish Pandey, Ravindra Jadeja, Saurabh Tiwary and Siddarth Kaul, who have been in limelight for a long time.

But let’s take a look at five names, which we either didn’t know were a part of this U19 side or they just vanished out of the scenario due to inconsistency.

Here are five such players who played with Virat Kohli but couldn’t make it big:

1. Taruwar Kohli

Taruwar Kohli
Taruwar Kohli. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

Taruwar Kohli was off to a flying start in the U19 World Cup back then, scoring three half-centuries in a row when he was asked to open the innings, which was out of his comfort zone. But he took that bullet for the side and ended up being one of the most important members of that side.

Taruwar then was an integral part of the Kings XI Punjab side for a long time, but inconsistency hampered his growth and he never became the cricketer which the other Kohli in the team had become. He was representing Punjab in the domestic circuit for a long time and then shifted to Mizoram when the domestic circuit was expanded.

He also played briefly for the Rajasthan Royals in the first edition of the IPL, winning the trophy alongside his other U19 Indian teammate Ravindra Jadeja. He performed well for a couple of years in other local tournaments but was never good enough to win a national call-up.

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