Dilip Vengsarkar is regarded as one of India’s better chairman of selectors for his ability to spot talent and he always knew that Virat Kohli was “exceptional” when he first saw the Indian captain in age-group cricket.
The former skipper’s tenure as chairman of the national selection committee between 2006-08 is often cited as a benchmark for all those who came after him as he backed a very raw Kohli and promoted Mahendra Singh Dhoni to captaincy.
“Selecting talent was my forte. I will tell you something. You might be good at spotting talent but what you do after spotting is very important. If someone is talented, you have to induct him and give him chances,” Vengsarkar, who turned 64 on Monday, told PTI in an exclusive interview.
Vengsarkar believes that he was able to do justice to the chairman’s post because of the time he spent as head of BCCI’s now-defunct Talent Research Development Wing that helped unearth Dhoni.
He picked a young Kohli for the Emerging India team’s tour of Australia where the current captain was even ready to open the innings on the chairman’s call.
“I have watched a lot of U-16 and U-19s as TRDW chairman and watched Virat a lot during his junior cricket days….