Royal Challengers Bangalore captain and India’s star batsman Virat Kohli feels embarrassed when he is compared to Sachin Tendulkar and asserted that he wanted to be himself at the crease. Virat Kohli’s great batting form has been the highlight of Indian Premier League 2016. Royal Challengers Bangalore have been riding Virat Kohli’s stunning run as the IPL franchise continuous chases a place in the tournament playoffs.
Virat Kohli said in an interview with India Today, “Honestly I feel embarrassed. It is unfair and Sachin can’t be compared with anyone. Comparisons are not valid from my end. I have looked up to him but want to be myself and definitely draw inspiration from him. He is two levels above any player. Sachin was born with talent and I had to work for it.”
“I am not worried about Test cricket’s future. It is still very popular. When you perform, it gives real satisfaction… also in terms of job satisfaction. I still feel in Test cricket I have a long way to go. I want Test victories, series wins…want to win Test matches for the team and India. Stats and other things doesn’t matter.”
When one performs like Virat Kohli, with such consistency and class, comparisons are always going to be made with Sachin Tendulkar, who is regarded as one of the best players to have graced the sport. But, Kohli believes it is wrong to compare him with his idol, who was magnificent for India for more than two decades. Virat Kohli clearly has a long way to go before his achievements can be compared to those of Sachin Tendulkar’s. However, the impact that he has been having on the Indian cricket team and his team RCB makes him one player who has the potential to go on and become a legend of Indian cricket.
Four centuries and counting in the IPL this season but no comparison with Sachin Tendulkar please, says Virat Kohli.
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