10 Things Virat Kohli Has In Common With Sachin Tendulkar

Apart from crushing Pakistan’s World Cup dreams time and again LOL.

During the India vs. Pakistan post-match interview on Sunday, Rameez Raja compared Virat Kohli to Sachin Tendulkar.

enhanced-10151-1424087609-7Raja asked Man of the Match Virat Kohli how it feels to handle the burden of expectation, because Kohli is “kind of a new Sachin Tendulkar” for the Indian fans.

At which point, all the Indian fans at the Adelaide Oval went positively apeshit. While Virat just smiled.

enhanced-6014-1424088260-4Which really got us thinking.

enhanced-10762-1424088877-1Is Virat Kohli on his way to becoming the next Sachin Tendulkar?

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And has India already accepted him in that role?

Here are ten things that India’s new hero shares with The Little Master:

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1. They both started out young. Very young.

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Labour laws aside, both Tendulkar and Kohli showed promise at a very early age. Tendulkar and Kohli made their international debuts at the age of 16 & 19 respectively.

2. Both of their call-ups were a bit of a “surprise.”

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Before their respective call-ups, Sachin had only a season of Ranji Trophy action under his belt, while Kohli had played a meagre eight List A matches.

Apparently the selectors DO get it right on occasion.

3. The experts love them.

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Let’s not even get started on what the critics think about Sachin. And it hasn’t taken long for the compliments to come pouring in for Virat either.

4. Their dedication to the game is unquestionable.

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When Sachin’s father passed away during the 1999 World Cup, he missed only one match, returning to score a century against Kenya.

Virat too, tragically lost his father during a first class match against Karnataka, but stayed on to score a crucial 90 the next day.

5. They both make breaking records look so darn easy.

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While Sachin’s broken some 30,000 records in his glittering career (rough estimate), Virat has been knocking them down with equal panache, most recently becoming the fastest cricketer to reach 20 ODI centuries.

6. Their endorsement deals are lucrative. To say the least.

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Kohli has already been the face of PepsiCo, Adidas and Fastrack, to name just a few. Meanwhile, Sachin’s endorsements show no signs of abating.

7. They’re both more graceful while playing cricket than they are playing football.

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But that doesn’t dissuade either of them from being actively involved in making football a popular sport in India. You go, guys.

8. Sachin was Pakistan’s bane, and now Virat has taken over the mantle.

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India vs. Pakistan is the El Clásico of cricket, and Tendulkar has foiled Pakistan’s plans time and time again.

And Virat Kohli just became the first Indian to score a century against Pakistan in the World Cup, so they’re definitely not going to have it easy anytime soon.

9. They’re both used to carrying the weight of a nation on their shoulders.

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When Sachin retired, people immediately wanted to know who could possibly replace a phenomenal talent like him. Looks like we may already have the answer to that.

And how could we possibly forget the moment when Kohli had this to say about Tendulkar? RIGHT IN THE FEELS, VIRAT.

10. And finally, they were both there when this happened.

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Let’s make it happen again, boys!

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Teary-Eyed Virat Kohli Touched My Feet, Writes ‘Emotional’ Sachin Tendulkar

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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.

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Sachin Tendulkar’s ODI Record Smashed By Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli became the fastest to reach 20 ODI hundreds, taking 64 innings less than his idol Sachin Tendulkar, when he smashed 127 against West Indies in the 4th ODI at Dharamsala.

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Back to record-breaking mode: Kohli’s form will scare bowlers around the world.

Virat Kohli’s knock against West Indies in Dharamsala on Friday saw him cross several milestones. While the innings itself was another masterpiece, it was also the ease with which he scored the runs that exemplified why he is one of the modern masters of the game. Kohli’s innings of 127 came off 114 balls and was punctuated with 13 fours and three sixes. Having batted at number four in the previous game, Kohli was back at his customary number three position and came out to bat when the first wicket fell with the score on 70.

Kohli slowly settled in and soon was in his usual flow as the boundaries started coming. His 127 is now the highest individual score in Dharamsala. In doing so he went past Ian Bell’s 113 against India on January 27, 2013. He also became the eighth player to score 20 ODI hundreds. The flamboyant Delhi batsman has joined  some big names – Sachin Tendulkar (49), Ricky Ponting (30), Sanath Jayasuriya (28), Sourav Ganguly (22), Herschelle Gibbs (21), Chris Gayle (21) and Saeed Anwar (20). Kohli is the fastest to reach 20 ODI hundreds, taking 64 innings less than his idol Tendulkar, who had taken 197 knocks to get to the landmark.

Since his debut in 2008, Kohli has shown an appetite for scoring consistently and more often than not gets to three figures whenever he goes past 50. He has 51 scores over fifty of which 20 have been converted into tons, a very impressive conversion rate to say the least.

India’s most consistent player in recent times may have suffered a bad patch but he showed no signs of it when he added 72 runs with Ajinkya Rahane (68) for the second wicket. A 138-run alliance followed with Suresh Raina (71) and that was instrumental in helping India post 330/6. On reaching his century, Kohli became the fifth batsman to hit three hundreds this year, the other four being Faf du Plessis, Aaron Finch and Kumar Sangakkara.

Kohli now has three hundreds against the West Indies and the 127 he slammed on Friday is his highest against them. The first ton came at Visakhapatnam (117) on December 2, 2011 and the second was a fine 102 at Port of Spain on July 5, 2013.

Kohli currently has 725 runs in 16 matches at an average of 51.78 in 2014, which places him as the second highest run-getter in ODIs this year, after Kumar Sangakkara who has 728 runs in 18 games.

Kohli was watchful to start with. His fifty came off 60 balls. After getting past 50, Kohli changed gears and started playing the big shots to reach his ton off 101 balls. Kohli continued his onslaught on the West Indies bowlers in the death overs and was finally run out off the last ball. It was a selfless innings and possibly a sign of things to come in the World Cup.

Kohli’s average of 52.79 in India is testimony to his consistent run in the sub-continent. He has scored 2270 runs in 50 innings while overseas the tally is 3609 runs in 83 innings at 50.83. The only other batsman with a fifty-plus average both at home and away is Michael Bevan with 2849 runs (ave.55.86) in 80 innings in Australia and 4063 (ave.52.08) in 116 innings away from home.

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