Indian cricket fans are expecting a lot from the Indian cricketer Virat Kohli in this ICC ODI World Cup 2023 as it is quite obvious that he needs to play well if India has to win and end its 10 yrs drought of the ICC trophy. Virat Kohli is called one of the greatest batters of all times for a reason, he has smashed 76 international centuries in his career till now and he is the second on the list of the players who have scored maximum international centuries after Sachin Tendulkar.
Virat Kohli made his debut in 2008 in ODIs, in T20Is he made his debut in 2010 and in test matches he got the chance to represent the country in 2011. Till now, the 34 years old batter has played 111 test matches, 281 ODIs and 115 T20Is in which he has scored 8676 runs, 13083 runs and 4008 runs, respectively.
However, today we will let you know about 4 players who made their international debut almost at the same time at which Virat Kohli made his debut but they were not able to taste success as King Kohli did.
1. Naman Ojha:
The former Indian cricketer Naman Ojha who played for Madhya Pradesh in domestic level got the chance to make his international debut in ODIs in 2010 and in the same year, he debuted in T20Is as well. But his career was short-lived as he played only one ODI and two T20Is and when it comes to the longest format of the game, he played only one test match in 2015 which was against Sri Lanka.
Though he was a talented wicketkeeper-batter, it was not easy to get a chance at international level considering the fact that Mahendra Singh Dhoni was already in the team.
2. Subramaniam Badrinath:
The former Indian cricketer S Badrinath had a wonderful domestic career and in the IPL, he was called the crisis man for MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings but he wasn’t able to convert his success of domestic level to international level. Badrinath made his ODI debut in 2008, test debut in 2010 and T20I debut in 2011 and in his short career, he played 2 test matches, 7 ODIs and 1 T20I. He took retirement from cricket in 2018 and currently he is managing his YouTube channel and is active in commentary.
3. Abhinav Mukund:
Abhinav Mukund plays for Tamil Nadu in domestic level and he got the chance to make his international test debut in 2011 but he played only 7 test matches in his career. Abhinav Mukund didn’t achieve much success in the IPL as he has played only 3 matches for Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore in total.
4. Saurabh Tiwary:
The Indian cricketer who hails from Jharkhand was considered as one of the biggest things in Indian cricket at one point of time and he achieved good amount of success in the IPL in his early days. Many people started calling him left-handed version of MS Dhoni because of his hairstyle and batting style but after some time, his performances took a nosedive. Saurabh made his international ODI debut in 2010 but he played only 3 international ODIs and he was never called back again.
Let’s hope King Kohli plays as per our expectations in the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup 2023.