Indian captain Virat Kohli once again expressed his admiration for the Sachin Tendulkar icon and spoke about his idol during a delightful conversation hosted by Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri on the popular Instagram social media platform on Sunday.
Both of them talked about a variety of things, both on and off the field, and the topic of Tendulkar emerged during a unique rapid turn.
Kohli, often referred to as Tendulkar’s second arrival at Indian cricket, spoke of the iconic ‘Master Blaster’ beats against Australia in Sharjah in 1998.
“Who tapped the international crickets that you wished you had played?” Chhetri asked.
“The desert storm of 1998,” Kohli answered instantly.
“Which one is first in the semi-finals or finals?” Chhetri asked further.
“The first place we qualified for the finals,” Kohli explained.
22 years ago, against all odds, Tendulkar alone took India to the final of the astonishing 131-ball of the Coca Cola Cup in 143 in Sharjah.
Although, he could not strengthen India through the finish line in the match, he managed to drag them into a title fight against the same opposition, which India won.
Kohli was also questioned by Chhetri about a Tendulkar shot which he hoped was also in the armory and ‘Delhi Dasher’ spoke of the final round of fire.
“Wow … there are so many. You know the ease with which he plays round shots … it’s incredible … I’ve never seen him miss it. Amazing control. I can never play that shot well so I will seen stealing it, “Kohli said.
From Tendulkar, the conversation immediately shifted to former Australian spinner Shane Warne, who was hit by ‘Master Blaster’ in all directions in Sharjah.
Kohli recalls the time Warne made him look like a fool during the 2009 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in South Africa.
During the tournament’s 2nd match in Cape Town, Kohli came out of the wrinkle to hit Warne’s delivery but failed miserably and the ball crashed into the middle stump after throwing with his feet.
“I played Shane Warne and he made me look like a fool at IPL 2009. Then there was a match in Rajasthan in 2011 and he was the captain, I played well there … didn’t hit him and he didn’t let me out. We won the match and I remain invincible, “Kohli recalled.
“You know that when he tells me something after the match that ‘never bites back … never says something back to the bowler’.
“You know clearly I’m not listening because meri gaadi usi se chalti hai. Maine kaha chalne do (because it’s a game for me and I can’t change it),” Kohli said, leaving Chhetri divided.
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