Kohli recalls the days of the U19 World Cup, says Williamson was a leading player in 2008

New Delhi, January 1 () Virat Kohli chose his New Zealand counterpart, Kane Williamson, as the most prominent artist of the 2008 ICC U19 World Cup, although the event was dominated by his team and gave the captain of India its first taste of stardom.

Kohli India beat Williamson's New Zealand in a closed semifinal of that edition, which also featured Ravindra Jadeja, Trent Boult and Tim Southee.

I remember playing against Kane (Williamson). He was someone who always stood out on the team, his batting ability was very different from that of the other players who were nearby. It's good to know that so many people in that group, like Kane and Steve Smith, have played for their respective countries, Kohli said in an ICC press release.

The ICC U19 World Cup was a very important milestone in my career, said Kohli, who made 235 races with an average of 47 in 2008.

It helped us get a good platform to build and develop our careers from there, so it occupies a very important place in my mind and heart. It is very important to understand and respect the opportunity it offers.

While Kohli was a star of the 2008 edition, the 2010 edition featured some of England's future superstars such as Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and current patron Joe Root.

In fact, Root recalled how Stokes had defeated India with a hundred winner.

The all-terrain took off 100 of 88 balls, including six six, to raise England to a total of 246 who defended successfully and gave them an impeccable group stage record in New Zealand.

We didn't have the best start in that Indian game, but Ben played one of the best innings he had seen for a player of that age, Root said.

It was in the first world stage that you can play: it made a hundred brilliant and we ended up winning the game against the tournament favorites, which was fantastic and great to be part of. It was a launching pad for me and I played in a team with some guys who are still on the team now, like Ben and James Vince. Playing alongside such players, learning from them and watching them develop, and then returning and playing against them in the county cricket, meant that we were always pushing ourselves to improve. KHS PM PM