Don't pressurise Virat Kohli: Sachin Tendulkar urges media

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar said thought they are disappointed to exit from the Asia Cup, he gave credit to Bangladesh for their performance in the tournament Getty Images

Mumbai: Mar 21, 2012

Virat Kohli is being hailed as one of cricket’s finest upcoming batsmen and senior India player Sachin Tendulkar agrees but he does not want the youngster to be put under too much pressure just at the beginning of what seems to be a promising career.

“He is a very good player. He is a brilliant player. He has done well but all I can say is don’t put pressure on him.

Let him play,” said Tendulkar.

Kohli proved his batting credentials with two dominant performances.

He led India’s successful run chase in Australia, surpassing the target of 321 inside 37 overs with a blistering 86-ball 133 and again on Sunday, when India produced their highest-ever run chase to eclipse a daunting 330-run victory target against Pakistan with the middle-order batsman again at the forefront with a magnificent 183.

Tendulkar, who returned here from Dhaka today after India’s exit from the Asia Cup, scored his much-awaited 100th ton during the tournament and said it was not easy for him to achieve the milestone despite scoring 99 centuries.

“The pressure is off. It was a difficult phase and all of us had to wait for it for a long time. But it has made everyone realise, including me, that even after scoring 99 hundreds, it is not easy to score another one,” said Sachin.

On India’s exit from the Asia Cup, Tendulkar said: “We go out to win every match and sometimes it’s not possible to win every match and sometimes the opposition plays better cricket than you and that is what happened. I would not want to take the credit away from them (Bangladesh). I think they played well.”

Kohli s 183 against Pakistan on Sunday in the Asia Cup game at Dhaka made him the joint second highest scorer with MS Dhoni in a successful run-chase. Kohli fell three short of overtaking Shane Watson s highest ODI score in a run-chase against Bangladesh last year.

The outstanding batting display by the Indians completely overshadowed the centuries of the two Pakistan openers Nasir Jamshed (112) and Mohammad Hafeez (105) who stitched a record 224-run opening partnership. But their efforts went in vain.

India, whose Asia Cup campaign was thrown into disarray after their upset five-wicket defeat against minnows Bangladesh, will now have to await the result of the last league match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on Tuesday. (PTI)

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