India will be locking horns against New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at the Old Trafford in Manchester. The fans were earlier deprived of a contest between these two teams in the league stages as the match was washed away due to rain.
When asked about Kohli and his counter-part Kane Williamson leading their respective teams in yet another World Cup semi-final, the Indian skipper said that he did not think this will happen from U-19 to senior World Cup where himself and Williamson will be leading the side. At the same time, he also laughed when he was reminded that he had picked up Kane's wicket.
"It's quite a nice thing to realize that 11 years after, we are captaining our respective nations again in a senior World Cup from U-19. We have spoken about it before a lot of players from that World Cup from our batch, from their batch, from other teams as well made it to their national team and are still playing which is I think is a great thing to see. "
The Indian captain also admitted that neither of them had anticipated back then they would once again be in a similar situation as seniors.
When Kohli was reminded that he had scalped Kane Williamson in that semi-final, here's how he reacted.
"I got Kane's wicket? Did I? Huh? I don't know if that can happen again now."
Before the two sides lock horns in the semis, let us go back in time and relive the moments of their U-19 World Cup semis clash of 2008.
That year, India and New Zealand met in the semi-finals. Kohli and Willamson both made their way into national teams after promising performances in their U-19 teams.
Ravindra Jadeja, Trent Boult and Tim Southee who are in the current squads were also part of the squad in the U-19 semis. Kohli who was the Man of the Match that match also took Kane Willamson’s wicket.
India U-19 went on to win that semi-final and eventually the U-19 World Cup in 2008.
It remains to be seen whether history will be repeated this time around as well.