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PHOTOS: Kohli bows before 'God of cricket'

March 20, 2016 17:42 IST
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'I have seen Sachin paaji do that for India for years together and seen how people shout for him'

'To be able to do it in front of him and give him happiness. I am very grateful for it and it was a very emotional moment'

Virat Kohli

IMAGE: India's Virat Kohli dedicates his half century against Pakistan during the ICC T20 World cup match at Eden Gardens to Sachin Tendulkar. Photograph: PTI Photos.

The exhilaration of being India's hero in the crunch World Twenty20 clash against Pakistan aside, batting star Virat Kohli said he felt emotionally overwhelmed to have done it in front of the iconic Sachin Tendulkar, popularly known as 'God of cricket'.

Kohli's unbeaten 37-ball 55 helped India overahul a target of 119 in 18 overs, on Saturday night, to continue their winning run against Pakistan in ICC events.

Sachin Tendulkar

IMAGE: From right, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar with his wife Anjali, industrialist Mukesh Ambani and his wife Anita Ambani are jubiliant after India beat Pakistan by 6 wickets at Eden Gardens . Photograph: PTI Photos.

The swashbuckling right-hander said to have played the knock with Tendulkar in attendance added to his happiness. "I can't express the feeling...Sachin Tendulkar was up there in the stands. I have seen Sachin paaji do that for India for years together and seen how people shout for him. I have gotten a chance to do it in front of him and he was celebrating," Kohli told 'bcci.tv'.

Virat Kohli

IMAGE: Virat Kohli celebrates. Photograph: PTI Photos.

"I cannot explain that feeling as a youngster who has grown up playing cricket because of him. To be able to do it in front of him and give him happiness. I am very grateful for it and it was a very emotional moment," he said.

India lost the tournament-opener to New Zealand in Nagpur and Kohli said it is imperative for the team to win the remaining two matches against Australia and Bangladesh.

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