Virat Kohli made his ODI debut on August 18, 2008, versus Sri Lanka soon after he had led India to the under-19 World Cup title earlier that. He made his T20I and Test debut in the next three years and what followed is one of the greatest cricketing careers of all time.
Virat Kohli shattered a plethora of batting records and, with 70 international centuries and 23650 runs, he became the closest an Indian batsman has come to the great Sachin Tendulkar. He was named the ICC Player Of The Decade for his astonishing achievements.
As Virat Kohli reached the pinnacle of world cricket, there have been a few other cricketers who made their debut close to after Kohli’s debut, but they faded away.
Here are five Indian cricketers who debuted with Virat Kohli but soon fell apart:
Subramaniam Badrinath is famous as the crisis man of Chennai Super Kings. Although he was a stalwart at CSK, Badrinath, a domestic legend, couldn’t get his India career going. He made his ODI debut on August 20, 2008, in the very next match as Virat Kohli did.
Unlike Kohli, though, the Tamil Nadu batter got to play only 7 ODIs, 1 T20I, and 2 Tests with just a solitary fifty-plus score. He continued to plunder big runs in domestic cricket until calling time in 2018.
A highly talented batsman and medium-pacer Abhishek Nayar made his ODI debut in 2009 and featured in only 2 more ODIs; he got to bat in only one match – his last ODI- and even in which he remained unbeaten on 0 after facing 7 balls; incidentally, Virat Kohli scored 79* in a chase of 130 vs West Indies. Nayar was never picked again for India.
Nayar, a former Mumbai Indians batsman, played domestic cricket till 2018 before being appointed to the coaching staff of KKR.