NEW DELHI: Indian skipper Virat Kohli has revealed that why the team decided to lift legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on shoulders after the World Cup win in 2011.
On April 2, 2011, India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets at Wankhede Stadium in the finals to lift their second ODI World Cup. After the win, the whole team had carried Sachin on their shoulder in a lap of honour.
The right-handed batsman was speaking to Indian cricketer Mayank Agarwal in the Latest Episode of the ‘Open nets with Mayank’ when the skipper was asked about ‘lap of honour’ given to Sachin.
“Firstly my feeling was of gratitude that we had won the World Cup. I felt absolute joy. But invariably everyone’s feeling was centred around ‘Paaji’ (Sachin Tendulkar) because we knew this was his last chance to win the World Cup and whatever he had done for the country for so many years, n number of games he has contributed to India’s winning cause and given us all motivation and inspiration,” said Indian skipper during the candid chat with Mayank.
“This was that gift from all of those people for him because he kept giving, giving, giving for India and I thought what better way at his home ground to realise his dream and then he gets a lap of honour. So, we felt like this is the ideal thing to do for him, and we went ahead and did it,” he added.
Kohli and Mayank would soon be seen in action for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab respectively in the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting from September 19.
Virat Kohli revealed that before facing a ball he analyses every minute thing about the bowler. The right-handed batsman was speaking to Indian cricketer Mayank Agarwal in the Latest Episode of the ‘Open nets with Mayank’ when the skipper was asked about his one ball routine or how he gets ready to face the next ball.
Kohli, who has 70 centuries across all formats, said that before facing the ball he checks how the bowler is holding the ball, his wrist position, or recalls the body language of a bowler when he had bowled a certain kind of delivery.
“I analyse everything about the bowler. If he had bowled a certain kind of delivery what was his body language at that time, was something different from his run-up or something was different with his wrist. Is he holding the ball in a different way? I have done that many times,” said Indian skipper during the candid chat with Mayank.
“And that’s a very amazing feeling when the bowler bowls where you had thought and then you smash it out of the park. Also for that, you need to be aware of what might he bring. When you are too focused on your fears you cannot notice anything you are just worried about ‘out nhihona’. But when you are ready the fear goes away and you think how can I make the use of what best in front of me to come on top in this situation,” he added.
Indian skipper Kohli is widely hailed as the run-machine and has many records under his belt. In 86 Test matches, he had 7,240 runs studded with 27 centuries and 22 half-centuries. In 248 ODIs, he has amassed 11,867 runs with an average of 59.33.
Kohli and Mayank would soon be seen in action for Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab respectively in the Indian Premier League (IPL) starting from September 19. (ANI)