In a heartwarming social media post, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar shared his joy and pride in witnessing Virat Kohli’s historic achievement of scoring his 50th ODI century. Sachin, who was present at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium during the World Cup semi-final between India and New Zealand, took a trip down memory lane to recall his first encounter with Kohli in the Indian dressing room.
Tendulkar began his message by reminiscing about a lighthearted moment from the past, revealing how Kohli, as a young player, was pranked by his teammates into touching Sachin’s feet. The legendary cricketer couldn’t help but laugh at the memory of that day. However, Tendulkar quickly shifted the tone of his message to express his admiration for Kohli’s growth as a player.
“The first time I met you, you were pranked by other teammates into touching my feet. I couldn’t stop laughing that day. But soon, you touched my heart with your passion and skill,” Sachin wrote on his social media platform. This playful anecdote highlighted the camaraderie and warmth between the two cricketing icons.
Continuing his message, Tendulkar expressed immense happiness that the young boy he first encountered had grown into a player of Kohli’s caliber. Sachin conveyed his joy over an Indian cricketer breaking his record, emphasizing the significance of this achievement happening on such a grand stage – the World Cup semi-final – and at his home ground, Wankhede Stadium.
“I am so happy that that young boy has grown into a ‘Virat’ player. I couldn’t be happier that an Indian broke my record. And to do it on the biggest stage – in the World Cup Semi-final – and at my home ground is the icing on the cake,” Tendulkar added.
Sachin Tendulkar’s message not only celebrated Virat Kohli’s cricketing prowess but also highlighted the personal connection and mutual respect between the two cricket legends. The post encapsulated the journey of their relationship, from a playful introduction to a shared moment of pride on the cricket field, underlining the deep bond that transcends the game itself.