Indian captain Virat Kohli has constantly drawn comparisons with Sachin Tendulkar due to his consistent performances. Kohli has constantly tried to stay away from such comparisons and maintained him as one of his idols. Recently, the modern-day great relived Tendulkar’s farewell day in 2013 when he gifted the most valuable thing to the legendary cricketer.
The Master Blaster hanged his boots after serving the country for 25 years. He is the only player in history to score 100 international centuries and score over 34000 international runs. Tendulkar had a massive impact on Kohli as a youngster and it was an emotional moment for him as he was new in the set-up in 2013.
Virat Kohli recently appeared in an interview with Graham Bensinger in an aim to reach a global audience. The current Indian captain dedicated the most valuable thing he had in life, to his idol on the day of his retirement.
The talismanic run-scorer revealed that his father had once gifted a sacred thread which he kept with him always. On the day of Tendulkar’s farewell, Kohli gave that thread to the legend and told him it was the most valuable thing he could have gifted him.
“We usually wear threads around our wrists in India. So my father gave one to me which he used to have, just to keep with me. So I used to keep that with me in my bag and then I thought this is the most valuable thing I have, my father gave this to me and I think I couldn’t give you anything more valuable and I just want you to know how much you have inspired me and how much you mean to all of us. This is my little gift,” recalled Kohli.
Furthermore, Virat Kohli revealed that it was an emotional process for the whole team. He also said that this is the best farewell he has ever seen in his life given to a cricket player. Kohli further added that the entire dressing room was in a state of sorrow as he has was a constant in the last 25 years.
“So that was a very emotional thing for us to process, but his emotion obviously was of a different level at that stage. In front of his people going out like that, the most amazing farewell I have ever seen,” Kohli concluded.