Team India is out of the ICC World Cup 2019 and Virat Kohli couldn't repeat his team's heroics against the same side back in 2008. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is undoubtedly one of the best batsmen in world cricket right now as he bears the weight of the whole batting lineup on his shoulders. The 28-year-old has also been a brilliant skipper of the Black Caps in the last couple of years.
Quite interestingly, Williamson played the semifinal of the U19 Cricket World Cup against India in 2008 which is also the case this year. Moreover, current Indian skipper Virat Kohli was also the captain of the junior team at that time which had increased the significance of this year’s semifinal between the same opponents and captains.
When asked about his U19 days, Kohli said that he was quite impressed with Williamson even when he was just a teenager as his one shot off the backfoot amazed him during one of the tours.
“I remember 2007 when we went to New Zealand, playing an Under-19 Test match and he played a shot off one of our fast bowlers, who was quick, off the back foot. I remember standing in the slips and just telling the guys standing that I've never seen anyone play a shot like that. He was always the standout player and you could see even when we played New Zealand in New Zealand on their Under-19 tour and then, yes, the World Cup again, he was quite special for them,” he said.