"It has always been Tendulkar and it will be Tendulkar for life. He is someone who has inspired me immensely. Just watching him play for India, I used to dream of winning games for India, because he used to do it single-handedly," Kohli said on Friday at an event here.
"I just had a vision and got a chance to play with him and do something like that. He has been my superhero and he will be for my lifetime," he said.
Asked if he ever wished for superpower, he said, "When I was walking into bat in 2011 World Cup final when my idol got out...I felt I was playing in a field where there is no one else apart from me, but 11 other Sri Lankan players. So it was totally quiet. So I wish I had some superpowers so I could do something really special".
Kohli also welcomed all-rounder Parvez Rasool, the first player from Jammu and Kashmir in the national squad, as a deserving pick.
"It is a good sign that players are not just coming from major cities. You can see everybody is working hard and the thinking is not narrow-minded in India. It is a good sign that he (Rasool) has been selected. If he gets the opportunity to play a match then I am sure he will try to give a good performance."