Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Kohli's inspiration remained Tendulkar

By Rahul Banerji from Deccan Chronicle

Sachin Tendulkar’s departure from Team India’s dressing room may still be some way off — after the second Test against the West Indies at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium scheduled from November 14 to 18 — but the reverberations of his decision to retire from all cricket is beginning to echo with his teammates, including the prolific Virat Kohli.

Tipped to take over from Mahendra Singh Dhoni once the skipper-stumper is done, Kohli grew up idolising Tendulkar and cut his cricketing teeth in the Master’s shadow. Asked how it would feel once his hero was gone, Kohli said it was hard to imagine a dressing room minus the men he and his team mates have learnt and absorbed so much from.

“It will be a very difficult moment,” he said ahead of the second ODI against Australia here on Wednesday. “I have grown up idolising him, he has been my biggest inspiration. The way he has won India matches is an inspiration to all of us.

“I don’t know how I will react after his last match, but it will be a tough moment for all of us. Not just me or the team, but every Indian who follows cricket.

“For the last 24 years, no one has thought of an Indian team without Sachin. The moment will come … can’t express how I will react then. But yes, it will be sad,” said the visibly-moved 25year-old.

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