World T20: Legends see shades of Tendulkar in Virat Kohli, team-mates hail great innings
rom 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.
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.
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 27, 2016
Australian spin legend Shane Warne, while commenting on Tendulkar's praise for Kohli, said,
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 27, 2016
Another batting legend Lara said Kohli was an "unbelievable" batsman.
He is just an unbelievable batsman! No need to say anymore
— Brian Lara (@BrianLara) March 27, 2016
Kohli's team-mates Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Shikhar Dhawan also praised Kohli for his batsmanship and match-winning abilities.
Well what can I say ! There are players who r in form and there is @imVkohli who wins you games again and again ! Hats of you beauty
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) March 27, 2016
— Harbhajan Singh (@harbhajan_singh) March 27, 2016
Hats off to Virat's great knock!! Lots of learning from him!!🙏🙏🙏
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) March 28, 2016
Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq was also full of praise for Kohli.
Great performance by India and a great innings by @imVkohli
— Saqlain Mushtaq (@Saqlain_Mushtaq) March 27, 2016
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur tweeted:
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) March 27, 2016
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.
Well... That innings was a different level...
Not a lot more to say really...
Absolutely shattered. Beaten by 1 cricketing genius. #toogood
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) March 27, 2016
Former India captain Anil Kumble tweeted,
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) March 27, 2016
Indian off-spinner R Ashwin compared Kohli's knock to the memorable innings by Tendulkar in Sharjah.
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) March 28, 2016
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.
Well to be fair, he definitely stepped it up for this T 20 World Cup. Too good in the end 👍🏼
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) March 27, 2016
Applause also trickled in from other former cricketers such as ex South African opener Herschelle Gibbs.
Just saw some of @imVkohli innings tonight,special! nice to see someone who enjoys the big stage and the big moments.👊
— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) March 27, 2016
— R P Singh (@RpSingh99) March 27, 2016
With inputs from PTI
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