India’s opening batsman during the 2008 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, Taruwar Kohli and the then skipper who needs no introduction, Virat Kohli had embarked on two contrasting journeys. TK, aka Taruwar scored 235 runs in the under-19 World Cup while Virat finished with 219 runs.
The young Virat made his senior debut in the 2008 Sri Lankan series and went on to become one of the modern-day greats of the game. However, the other Kohli is yet to wear Indian colours despite a consistent show in the domestic circuit. Take for example the 2019-20 Ranji season. Taruwar was the second-highest run-scorer with 998 runs. But the unfortunate plight was that Taruwar was representing Mizoram which is a struggling Plate Group team. That is probably why we are not hearing the success stories of the other Kohli.
During a recent interview, Taruwar was asked about the comparison with the Indian cricket team captain and here goes his response. “I idolise Virat Kohli. Kohli’s discipline, work ethics and food habits has transformed him a lot. His hunger for runs is something I can learn,” Taruwar added. The 31-year-old has only played four IPL matches for Rajasthan Royals, that too a decade ago. Can he make it to the top league? To answer that, he needs to keep scoring heavily like his ex-skipper!