Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson had met for the first time in the 2008 ICC U-19 World Cup tournament in Malaysia where the latter had defeated the Kiwis in the semifinal to eventually win the tournament by thrashing South Africa in the final.

Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli have also played against each other in U-19 cricket. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kane Williamson has said he is fortunate to have met Virat Kohli at young age
  • Kohli and Williamson had played against each other in U19 World Cup
  • Williamson said he and Kohli share some common ground despite having different personalities on field

Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson, who seem to share a great camaraderie with each other, have known each other since their U-19 days and the New Zealand skipper believes he is fortunate to have met the current India captain at the young age.

Kohli and Williamson had met for the first time in the 2008 ICC U-19 World Cup tournament in Malaysia where the latter had defeated the Kiwis in the semifinal to eventually win the tournament by thrashing South Africa in the final.

“Yes, we are fortunate to play against each other. It has been great to meet at a young age and follow his (Kohli’s) progress as well as his journey,” Kane Williamson said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.

“It’s been interesting, we’ve had to play against each other for a long period of time,” he said.

“But actually, probably over the last few years we just shared our views on the game, some honest thoughts and found some common grounds despite, perhaps, playing the game little bit differently in terms of physically and maybe our on-field characters I suppose,” added Williamson.

During India’s tour of New Zealand earlier this year, Kohli and Williamson were seen having a good time sitting at the boundary line when the two skippers did not play the 5th T20I.

Opening up on their conversation on the sidelines of that game, Kohli said, “Kane and I have similar mindsets, similar philosophies. It is amazing that despite being from different parts of the world, we have similar thinking and we speak the same language.”

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