Former Indian cricket team captain and star batsman Virat Kohli has recalled a special memory of his from way back in 2008, when he was picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise in the first ever IPL Draft.
Virat Kohli throughout his career has come out as one of the world’s greatest batsman, cricketer ever, gracing the Indian colours and taking it to another height as the captain of the team.
Kohli has been an instrumental member of the Indian cricket team ever since he lead the Indian team to victory in the 2008 U19 Cricket World Cup.
In that very same year, the Indian Premier League (IPL) was held for the first time and Virat Kohli was also part of it. He was picked by the RCB franchise and has ever since then, been a regular member of the team.
In a recently released podcast by the Bangalore based franchise on their social media handles, Virat Kohli recalled his memory of when he was picked by the franchise for the first time.
Kohli stated in the podcast that he was leading India U19 team in the World Cup in Malaysia when the IPL draft took place.
Kohli stated that he remembers that there was a money restriction for the players who haven’t played for India senior team and added that it was probably the only time that there was a money restriction for uncapped players.
Kohli said, “The U19 dynamic was little different, because there was rightly so had a money cap and that was the only time that there was a money restriction on how much you can spend on players who haven’t played for India.”
Kohli stated that he couldn’t believe when he got picked by the RCB franchise, because the amount he was picked for was crazy. He said, “I remember the moment for us was so amazing, because the amount that we got picked for was crazy and I couldn’t believe it.”
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Reportedly, Virat Kohli was picked for about 30,000 USD by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, which was big money for a youngster in 2008.
“I would be in the RCB till the last day I play in the IPL” – Virat Kohli had said in 2021
Kohli last year stepped down as RCB’s captain following the conclusion of IPL 2021. He said at that time that he can’t see himself playing for any other team than RCB and as loyalty matters to him the most and promised that he will be playing for RCB till the day he play IPL.
“Yes definitely, I don’t see myself playing anywhere else. Loyalty matters more to me than worldly pleasures. I would be in the RCB till the last day I play in the IPL.”