World T20: Legends see shades of Tendulkar in Virat Kohli, team-mates hail great innings

New Delhi: From Sachin Tendulkar to Brian Lara, greats of the game were united in their admiration for Virat Kohli, calling him "unbelievable" and "special" for single-handedly guiding India to the ICC World Twenty 20 semi- finals.

Tendulkar led the effusive praise for Kohli, terming his unbeaten 82-run innings last night as a "special" one.

Australian spin legend Shane Warne, while commenting on Tendulkar's praise for Kohli, said,

Another batting legend Lara said Kohli was an "unbelievable" batsman.

Kohli's team-mates Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Shikhar Dhawan also praised Kohli for his batsmanship and match-winning abilities.

Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq was also full of praise for Kohli.

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur tweeted:

Virat Kohli. Solaris

Virat Kohli. Solaris

Australian cricketers Glenn Maxwell and just-retired Shane Watson, who witnessed Kohli's brilliance from close quarters yesterday, said they were beaten by a cricketing genius.

Former India captain Anil Kumble tweeted,

Indian off-spinner R Ashwin compared Kohli's knock to the memorable innings by Tendulkar in Sharjah.

Former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson, who had stirred up a debate by saying that Kohli does not perform in big matches, chose the occasion to applaud the India's genius.

Applause also trickled in from other former cricketers such as ex South African opener Herschelle Gibbs.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Mar 29, 2016 09:17 AM

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