Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli are perhaps amongst the sporting legends produced by Indian cricket. While Tendulkar ruled the cricketing world for 24 years, Kohli has taken over the mantle at present and has already established his legacy for many years to come. And the master blaster has recollected his first interaction with the modern-day legend.
Tendulkar, who is known as God of Cricket has played international cricket for 24 years, saw plenty of cricketers come and go. He has played with many legendary Indian cricketers Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, and many other star cricketers.
When it comes to Kohli, the duo holds utmost respect for one another and have shared many memorable moments on the field. Kohli and Tendulkar were part of India’s 2011 World Cup squad that lifted the trophy for the second time.
Sachin reminiscing meeting Kohli:
In a recent interview, the former cricketer shared the incident when he first met the Indian skipper Kohli. He recollected giving Kohli certain advice on their first meeting and after a while, everyone began laughing, realizing it was a prank. Here is what the 47-year-old had to say-
“I didn’t know what was happening. I asked him ‘what are you doing?’. Told him that there was no need for this and such things don’t happen. Then he got up and we looked at those guys, they started laughing.”
Once in a candid conversation, the skipper revealed how his then teammates Yuvraj Singh, Munaf Patel, and Irfan Pathan tricked him into believing that new recruits from the Indian national camp had to seek Sachin Tendulkar’s blessings by touching his feet. Here is what King Kohli had to say about the prank his seniors played on him-
“After getting selected, the initial two days the only thing I could think about is meeting Sachin in the dressing room in any way possible. And these people got wind of it because I had told that to someone.”
Soon the Indian Skipper Kohli will lead the side into the maiden World Test Championship Final.