Playing XI when Virat Kohli made his Test debut: Where are they now?
Virat Kohli made his Test debut on 20th June 2011 in Kingston, Jamaica. The game was against West Indies. It has been eleven years since VK made his Test debut and since then, he has gone on to become the most successful Indian Test captain. In this article, we take a look at the playing XI when Virat Kohli made his Test debut.
It was actually a tough start for Virat in his Test career. He found it hard in conditions when the ball was moving. Hence, many asked the selectors to drop him. However, Virat found a way to come back and did extremely well for India. He scored a lot of tons and toppled many records for himself and the country. Although his form right now may not be impressive, there is an expectation that he will return to form.
Openers: Abhinav Mukund and Murali Vijay
Mukund and Vijay were the openers in the playing XI when Virat Kohli made his Test debut. The Tamil Nadu duo, especially Murali Vijay played a lot of games for India. Abhinav Mukund got his opportunities but could not make it count. He is currently a popular commentator in Tamil and is also known for his social media presence. Vijay, though, has been inactive in domestic cricket after getting dropped from Team India. Nevertheless, he will play in the upcoming Tamil Nadu Premier League.
Middle-Order: Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni (C&WK)
Rahul Dravid is the current coach of Team India. The legend was recently appointed to this role. VVS Laxman now holds the top position at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. He will be the Head Coach of the team that will play in Ireland.
While Suresh Raina is working as a commentator, MS Dhoni is still active in the game. He recently led Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2022. Raina, meanwhile, will look to return to the league.
Bowlers: Harbhajan Singh, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma
It was an experienced bowling attack for the playing XI when Virat Kohli made his Test debut. Harbhajan Singh, after quitting the game, joined AAP to start his political career. He also appears as a commentator. Praveen Kumar took early retirement and recently spoke of his depression issues. The former Indian pacer appears as an expert on a few TV channels, but the frequency is low.
After failing to get a contract for IPL 2022, Amit Mishra has become active on social media. His opinions are now looked forward to. Ishant Sharma is very much active in the game, although he was recently dropped from Team India. He would want to make a comeback soon.