Big hitter Sachin Tendulkar shared an anecdote from India’s 2011 tour of Australia, saying Virat Kohli told him he wanted to focus on fitness now.
Sachin Tendulkar recalls first hearing about Virat Kohli (Reuters Photo)
- Virat told me in 2011 paji bahut ho gaya, ab fitness par dhyan dena: Sachin Tendulkar
- Virat was a great fitness role model: Sachin Tendulkar
- Sachin spoke about the time he first heard Virat Kohli’s name
Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar shared an emotional message with former captain Virat Kohli ahead of his 100th test match, set to be played in Mohali from March 2. Kohli has played 99 test matches and will join the 100 test club in the first test match against India Sri Lanka which starts in Mohali on Friday.
In his message to Kohli, Sachin spoke about the time he first heard Virat Kohli’s name and shared an anecdote from India’s 2011 tour of Australia. Sachin said Virat told him back in 2011 that he wanted to focus on his fitness .
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“The first time I heard from you was when we were in Australia in 2007. You played at the U-19 World Cup in Malaysia. At that time there were certain players in the team who discussed about you, that this is a player beware, ‘achhi batting karta hai,’ Sachin said in his message to Virat Kohli in the video.
Virat Kohli is not only an outstanding role model as a cricketer, but also an inspiration for all aspiring athletes when it comes to fitness and a healthy lifestyle. His dedication to staying fit and setting high standards on the field has had an impact on his teammates as well.
“We were in Australia in 2011. We were in Canberra and clearly remember the Thai restaurant Wahan Par Ek. We used to go there and had delicious food there. One of the evenings we went back to the hotel. We went back and he said Paji bahut ho gaya, ab fitness par dhyan dena hai. And I must say that you have left no stone unturned. They were a great role model in terms of fitness,” added Tendulkar.