BENGALURU: Virat Kohli, a cricketing sensation in his own right, humbly acknowledged that he could never reach the same level as his “hero,” the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, despite matching Tendulkar’s remarkable record of 49 One Day International (ODI) centuries.
This extraordinary achievement left Kohli with a deep sense of emotion, particularly when he received Tendulkar’s heartfelt appreciation.
Kohli, in a reflective moment, shared, “I am well aware of my roots and the countless hours I’ve spent watching Sachin Tendulkar on TV. Receiving such heartfelt appreciation from him holds immense significance for me. I am simply grateful that I have been blessed to find joy in the sport and that I have been able to consistently perform at a high level throughout my career.”
The monumental 49th century came during India’s 2023 World Cup match against South Africa at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Kohli’s 101 runs from 121 balls showcased a masterclass in adapting his innings and batting strategy to the ever-changing dynamics of the game.