‘Virat Kohli was ignored and Sangwan was picked by DD’ reveals former IPL COO. In the 13 year history of the Indian Premier League, this will go in as one of the biggest and worst blunder by any IPL team management. What actually happened in the auction of IPL 2008 i.e inaugural edition – take a look.
“In IPL first year, Delhi passed on Virat Kohli, actually, and picked Pradeep Sangwan instead, because they said they didn’t need another batsman. And they didn’t actually, they had Virender Sehwag and AB de Villiers. They were right in their thinking, but RCB picked him up and the rest, as they say, is history,”
Yes, indeed rest is the history. Kohli went on to become India’s finest batsman since then. But very few would know that he was not considered by his home team (Delhi Daredevils) in the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008. This interesting anecdote about IPL’S inaugural edition and Virat Kohli has been revealed by former COO of IPL Sundar Raman.
What actually happened in IPL 2008 inaugural edition – The worst blunder ever
When India won the 2008 Under-19 World Cup, there was firm spotlight on young Virat Kohli. He was the skipper of the Indian colts and was instrumental in taking his country to victory. He was hot property ahead of the Indian Premier League 2008 with several franchises vying for his signature. Delhi Daredevils (DD) had the choice to make their pick and fans assumed they will go for homeboy Virat. But DD surprised everyone as they chose to get pacer Pradeep Sangwan in their team rather than Kohli.
This led to Royal Challengers Bangalore getting the current Indian captain and it proved to be a masterstroke as Kohli became one of the greatest batsmen in the history of the game. But why did the Daredevils pass over the opportunity to pick Virat Kohli in their squad? Former IPL COO Raman has explained that DD did not want another batsmen in their team and opted to get a bowler instead of Kohli.
“Interestingly, that was also the year India had won the U-19 World Cup, just a month before the auction. They were captained by Virat Kohli and we decided to keep a separate draft for the U-19 players a few days after the auction. Surprise, surprise! Virat Kohli was not the first player to be picked in the draft,” Raman told Gaurav Kapoor on podcast 22.
In 169 innings, Virat has scored 5412 runs at an average of 37 to become the highest run-scorer in IPL history. Meanwhile, Sangwan played 39 matches in the IPL while picking up 35 wickets at an economy of 8.79. However, he was slapped with a 15-month ban by the BCCI after testing positive in a random dope test. His career has been on the downswing since the time he left Delhi in 2011.