ICC World Twenty20: It’s a joy to watch Virat Kohli bat, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgMaster Blaster Sachin Tendulkar heaped praise on Virat Kohli and said it was a joy to watch the Delhi dasher batting. Kohli has been in sensational form this year and stood out on Saturday with a classy unbeaten 55 as India decimated Pakistan by six wickets in a crucial ICC World Twenty20 match on a tricky pitch at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens.Former Australia captain Steve Waugh had said Kohli would be key for India if they had to win the World T20 for a record second time. By the look of things, Kohli is primed to ensure that India create history at home – no team has won the coveted T20 trophy more than once. (Kohli better batsman than I was: Ganguly )Tendulkar, who was present at the Eden Gardens to watch India battle Pakistan, said he enjoyed watching the 27-year-old take on the best bowlers in the world ” It’s a joy to watch Virat (bat). I enjoy watching his batting,” Tendulkar told India Today.Tendulkar said even though Kohli’s style is very different from his own, his match awareness was “terrific.””Kohli’s strength is to be able to analyse the situation and adjust his game accordingly. His match awareness is terrific. To be able to have the vision to what the game would look like after four overs, six overs is commendable.  He is able to calculate the required run-rate during chases very well,” Tendulkar said.Kohli is probably one of the greatest chasers the game has ever known. He has been instrumental in some of India’s most historic triumphs, that have included victories over Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan. The Indian Test captain was in the thick of things for India against Pakistan in the Asia Cup T20, where his 49 helped his side chase down a low score on a green Dhaka pitch.advertisementTendulkar felt that Kohli’s over-aggression might affect him sometimes but added that it was also his strength. “Sometimes his over-aggression might affect him. That is going to happen with aggressive players. That’s his strength also. There might be occasion where he will go back to the dressing room and say ‘I shouldn’t have done it’.”Tendulkar said Kohli was one of those ‘big occasion players’ and his temperament brought out the best in him under tough circumstances.  Tendulkar, who once carried the burden of the entire team on his shoulders, refused to accept that the team was now over-reliant on Kohli and said that India are now a balanced team.”I don’t think we are over-relying on any player in the team. The beauty of the team is if one fails, the other stands up. We have got a very balanced team. Yes, Virat is an important member, but the entire team is looking good.”last_img read more

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