Sachin Tendulkar, the Indian cricket legend, sparked a passion for the sport in millions of young people all around the world. His astonishing performances on the field for over two decades have led to many youngsters dreaming of replicating his success. With his incredible records still standing tall, it’s clear that his legacy is one that will never be forgotten. Despite his retirement from the sport, Tendulkar’s influence can still be felt today. Both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, two of the best contemporary Indian cricketers, had the privilege of playing alongside Tendulkar. Despite the pressure and expectations from fans, they continue to work hard and aim to deliver the same level of outstanding performance that characterized Tendulkar’s long and illustrious career.
The Indian cricket team has seen many greats over the years, but the beginning of the careers of Kohli and Rohit coincided with the end of Tendulkar’s illustrious journey. It’s fascinating to know that Kohli’s debut coincided with Tendulkar’s presence in India’s squad for their Sri Lanka tour in 2008. Kohli has shared some incredible moments on the field with Tendulkar, but his first interaction with the master blaster is hilarious. He once revealed how he was tricked by some of the Indian cricket legends into touching Tendulkar’s feet. Kohli had prepared for two whole days to meet the ‘God of Cricket,’ only to be pranked by Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, and Munaf Patel. It’s heartening to see how Kohli still remembers that incident, and it’s a testament to Tendulkar’s impact on Indian cricket.
Sachin Tendulkar is a name that resonates with every cricket fan across the world. His statistical achievements and the way he revolutionized the game have made him an icon that inspires generations. Today, the comparison between Kohli and Tendulkar has become a common topic of discussion. While Tendulkar has 100 hundreds across all formats, Kohli is not far behind with 75. It’s been almost a decade since Sachin played his last game, but his legacy lives on, and for Kohli, he has big shoes to fill. But little does everyone know that Kohli’s first interaction with Tendulkar was a funny incident where he was pranked by someone who made him believe that he had to touch Tendulkar’s feet for respect.
For any aspiring cricketer in India, meeting Sachin Tendulkar is nothing less than a dream come true. And for Rohit Sharma, this dream became a reality during the Australia tour of India back in 2004-05. Rohit revealed in the book ‘Sachin@50’ that Tendulkar had come to watch him train at Cricket Club of India (CCI), where Rohit used to train. But little did he know that this would make him nervous, as he was desperate to impress the legendary cricketer. Nevertheless, Rohit managed to keep his composure and learned a lot from Tendulkar when they played the 2006 Ranji Trophy final together. It just goes to show the kind of impact Tendulkar has on young Indian cricketers, inspiring them to strive for greatness.