Virat Kohli: ‘Tendulkar played six World Cups then won, I won it in 1st time’

Sanjay Bangar

During a podcast with his IPL team, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli shared how he did not anticipate getting selected for the World Cup. He revealed that his selection was due to his impressive run of scores. He expressed his amazement at how he ended up being part of the winning team in his first World Cup. Sachin Tendulkar had already played six World Cups but was only able to win the tournament on his sixth attempt. Kohli felt that it was his destiny to be a part of the winning team.


Kohli on RCB podcast said:

“Look, you play to win tournaments. I captained in Champions Trophy in 2017 (reached the final), the 2019 World Cup (reached the semifinal), I captained in World Test Championship (reached the final), and T20 World Cup in 2021 (failed to qualify for the knockouts). After three (four) ICC tournaments, I was considered as a failed captain.”

Virat led the India Under-19 team to World Cup victory in 2008, and he takes pride in bringing a cultural change in the Indian cricket team.

“I never judged myself from that point of view; what we ended up achieving as a team and as a cultural change that always going to be a matter of pride for me. A tournament happens for a certain period of time but a culture happens over a long period of time and for that, you need consistency for that you need more characters than just winning a tournament,” he said.“I won a World Cup as a player, the Champions Trophy as a player. I have been part of the team that has won five Test maces. If you look at that point of view there have been people, who have never won a World Cup,”

Kohli further added.

“I am looking back at things that I am grateful for not what has gone wrong in my career. I am not mad for my trophy cabinet to be full,”

Virat added.

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