Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal has recalled the time when he played for the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League. Akmal has revealed that he used to wonder how Virat Kohli would perform against the world-class bowlers in IPL 2008.
Kohli had led India to the U-19 World Cup title in 2008 and his performance in the ICC tournament grabbed the attention of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The franchise bought him for $30,000 on a youth contract.
Recalling his first impression of Virat Kohli during IPL 2008, Akmal said, “I had played the first edition of the IPL. I was surprised at that time when I saw Virat Kohli. I used to wonder what cricket he would play at such a young age.”
“But he has changed himself totally now, and he has become a role model for youngsters,” the 39-year-old said on Sawera Pasha’s YouTube channel.
Virat Kohli has been a vital cog of the RCB squad since the inception of the cash-rich league. The 32-year-old batsman has played 199 IPL matches so far, scoring 6076 runs at an average of 37.97 and a strike rate of 130.41.
The Delhi-born cricketer is also the leading run-scorer in the history of IPL.
However, Virat Kohli’s RCB still hasn’t won any IPL trophy in the last 13 years.