Cassian Baliarsingh

India’s run machine Virat Kohli is riding high on Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB)’s terrific win against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to enter the playoffs. The aggressive batsman did his part well to ensure his team’s entry into the playoffs.

RCB’s win has brought ‘tears of joy’ among the loyal fans who have been waiting for this day since long and everyone’s dream has come true. 

Fans are happy, especially for Virat Kohli as he hasn’t won a single trophy since the start of IPL.

Today, Virat Kohli is a well-known player with millions of fans going crazy for him. However, there was a time when he was just a beginner and was nervous like any other player. 

It was former CSK player Suresh Raina who stood by Virat and helped him improve his performance.

Recently, Virat shared insights into his early career and thanked Suresh Raina for significantly contributing to his rise in international cricket. 
Recalling an incident of 2008, Virat Kohli revealed how Suresh Raina pushed his name for opening batsman and advocated for his inclusion in the national team.

During the Emerging Players tournament in 2008, Kohli initially struggled while batting in the middle order and was eventually benched. 

When Raina joined the tournament mid-way as captain, he inquired about Kohli’s absence. Later, he insisted Kohli to do the opening, replacing Ajinkya Rahane. This decision marked a turning point in Kohli’s performance.

In that tournament, Virat Kohli played six games and scored 206 runs and it changed his fortune and he made his international debut against Sri Lanka. After being in and out of the team, it was the Emerging Players tournament that helped Virat Kohli establish himself as a permanent player for Team India.

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