Virat Kohli post match interview: Virat Kohli got emotional when he was asked about Sachin Tendulker’s appreciation following the former leveling Tendulker’s record of 49 centuries in the ODI.
Virat Kohli Post Match interview
“It’s all too much to take in right now. Tendulkar’s message is quite special. For me, it’s all too much to take in right now, to be honest, to equal my hero’s record in one-day internationals is something that’s a huge honor for me. I know that people like comparisons, I am never going to be as good as him.
“There’s a reason why we all looked up to him. He’s perfection when it comes to batting. I am trying to do my best, trying to win games for my country. He’s always going to be my hero regardless of what happens. It’s a very emotional moment for me.
“I know where I come from, the days that I watched him play on TV. So to stand here and get this appreciation from someone like him means a lot to me.”
He said that he had a gut feeling that something special would happen today. He also said that, though India had already qualified for the semifinals, he woke up with immense excitement.
“I had this sense of ‘it’s going to be something more,’ today rather than ‘it’s just one more game in the World Cup.’ I did wake up with that excitement.
It was Kohli’s century, along with Ravindra Jadeja’s 5-wicket performance, that helped India destroy a strong South African team. The other specialty of the day for Kohli was his birthday.
“It was a big game,” he said after winning the POM award. “We were probably playing the toughest team in the tournament that we had played so far, to be honest. They played some amazing cricket. There was this motivation of wanting to do well for the team. Because it happened on my birthday, people made it a bit more special for me. I had this sense of ‘it’s going to be something more today’ rather than ‘it’s just one more game in the World Cup’. I did wake up with that excitement, yes.”