Backing of Virat Kohli in 2008 led to my removal as chief selector
Talking at a operate in Mumbai on Wednesday, Vengsarkar instructed journalists that his insistence teenaged Kohli – who had led India Below-19s to the junior World Cup in 2008 – be added to India’s ODI squad for the tour of Sri Lanka that yr was what pressured Srinivasan to finish his tenure as chief selector. In response to Vengsarkar, when the choice committee met to select the Take a look at and ODI squads for the Sri Lanka tour, he was very eager handy Kohli a debut within the ODIs however that then captain MS Dhoni and coach Gary Kirsten weren’t satisfied.
“I felt this was a really perfect scenario to incorporate Kohli within the squad. Though the opposite 4 selectors agreed with my choice, Gary Kirsten and MS Dhoni have been reluctant as they’d not seen a lot of Kohli. I instructed them that I’ve seen him and we’ve to incorporate him within the staff,” mentioned Vengsarkar. “I knew that they have been eager on preserving S Badrinath within the staff as a result of he was a Chennai Tremendous Kings participant. If Kohli would have are available, Badrinath would have been dropped. N Srinivasan was the BCCI treasurer at the moment. He was upset that Badrinath was dropped as a result of he was their participant.”
Vengsarkar, who performed 116 Checks and 129 ODIs, took over from Kiran Extra as chief selector in 2006 and was changed lower than two years later by former team-mate Kris Srikkanth. It was Srinivasan’s affect, alluded Vengsarkar, that noticed him lose his job and Srikkanth take over.
Badrinath made his ODI debut within the second ODI of the 2008 Sri Lanka tour and performed the three matches, with scores of 27*, 6 and 6. Kohli additionally made his debut within the first ODI and performed all 5 matches, scoring 12, 37, 25, 54 and 31.
“He [Srinivasan] requested me on what foundation Badrinath was axed, and I defined that I had been on the Rising Gamers tour to Australia the place I noticed Virat, who’s an distinctive participant and that’s the reason he’s within the staff. He argued that Badrinath has scored over 800 runs for Tamil Nadu. I instructed him that he’ll get his probability. He then requested, ‘When will he get his probability? He’s already 29 now’. I instructed him he’ll get his probability however I can not inform you when. The very subsequent day, he (Srinivasan) took (Kris) Srikkanth, who later succeeded Vengasarkar as chief selector, to Sharad Pawar, who was the (BCCI) president then and that was the top of my choice tenure,” Vengsarkar mentioned.