Sachin's call inspired Kohli

Written by: Rajesh Krishna
Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 12:31 [IST]
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Sachin's call inspired Kohli

No one motivates as 'master' does in Indian cricket!

Virat Kohli's own experience emphasises the above statement.

My Biggest Inspiration ahead of ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup finals was a telephone call from Sachin Tendulkar, says Kohli who led India to victory in the tournament.

On the previous day of India South Africa finals in the World cup, Kohli started receiving hundreds of telephone calls from Team India's well wishers.

"Everyone back home was overwhelmed and believed we had a very good chance to win the trophy.Therefore, I started getting more telephone calls with everyone advising me to relax and not to panic, which actually put more pressure on me.

"However, the most precious telephone call I received was from Sachin Tendulkar who was on the tour to Australia with Team India. He spoke to me at length and advised me how I should approach the final," he said on this week's ICC Cricket World audio show.

India's chances in the finals faded as South dismissed them for a paltry 159.

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However , Kohli was not ready to give up. He adviced his boys to not give up hope and give their best in the last session.

"I just told the boys that we have nothing left in the tournament except one last session. So, let's go out there and give all we have. We took the field to defend the small total with that killing instinct and rest is history."


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