ICC World Twenty20: I’m less special than you Sachin paaji, says Virat Kohli

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly feels Virat Kohli is a greater chaser than the great Sachin Tendulkar . Former Australia captain Ian Chappel reckons Kohli places the ball better than Brian Lara . Shane Warne was reminded of Tendulkar when he saw Kohli chase down 161 against Australia, virtually on his own with a sublime 82, to help India reach the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20.  But the hero of the moment, remained humble and grounded. (Full World T20 Coverage ) Twitter was abuzz minutes after Kohli’s sensational effort against the Aussies on Sunday. Tendulkar tweeted to tell Kohli what a special knock that was. Kohli, who has openly idolised the Master Blaster, was obviously floored, but reminded Tendulkar he was still the boss. (Kohli thought India were down and out during chase vs Australia )Thank You @sachin_rt paaji. Less special than you! ??&; Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 28, 2016Several experts and former cricketers feel that even though it’s unfair to compare Kohli with Tendulkar yet, the Delhi dasher is on the right track. Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan captain, who now happens to be one of the most respected commentators of the game, felt Kohli is almost at par with Tendulkar. That speaks volumes of the 27-year-old’s achievements. (Virat Kohli ushers in a new era ) Kohli is easily the greatest chaser in the history of T20Is. He averages 122.83 from 15 matches in successful chases and has scored a staggering 737 runs at a strike rate of 131. His ODI record is not bad either with 27 tons. Some of those centuries came in trying circumstances against some of the best bowlers in the world during unbelievable chases. (Kohli rates his knock of 82 vs Australia right at the top ) India play West Indies in the semis at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, where the flat pitch has allowed batsmen to flex their muscles. If Kohli gets going again, India are assured of a place in the final at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. advertisementlast_img read more