Virat Kohli was in tears and touched Sachin Tendulkar’s feet on the day when the Master Blaster bid adieu to international cricket last year.
In his autobiography “Playing It My Way”, Tendulkar has written how he was “choked with emotion” by Kohli’s gesture on the last day of his 200th and final Test against West Indies at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on November 16, 2013.
Recalling that day, Tendulkar writes, “As I was sitting by myself back in the dressing room, Virat (Kohli) walked up to me again. I could see tears in his eyes.
“He held out his hands and said his dad had given him these threads, the kind that Indians wear around their wrists for good luck, and he had always wondered who he would give them to. It had to be someone very special. Then he handed them to me before touching my feet as my younger brother.”
He continued: “I was speechless. I held him tight and said, ‘Arre tu yeh kya kar raha hain? Tujhe yahan nahi, yahan hona chahiye.’ (What are you doing touching my feet? You should be giving me a hug.)
“I couldn’t say another word becasue I felt choked with emotion. A lump had formed in my throat and finally I had to ask Virat to leave, knowing I would burst into tears if I tried to say anything else. It was a gesture I can never forget and I wished Virat all the success in his career,” he added.