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Virender Sehwag Likens Virat Kohli to Sachin Tendulkar, Asks Youngsters to Follow Suit

Kohli remained not out on 73 as India won the match with 7 wickets in hand and 13 balls to spare. He not only managed to steer India home and level the five-match series 1-1 but also remained not out - a trademark of the Indian captain.

Virender Sehwag Likens Virat Kohli to Sachin Tendulkar, Asks Youngsters to Follow Suit

Former India opener Virender Sehwag likened Team India captain Virat Kohli with the great Sachin Tendulkar and his opening partner back in the day. The praise came as Kohli completed another run chase in style against England in the second T20I at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

Kohli remained not out on 73 as India won the match with 7 wickets in hand and 13 balls to spare. He not only managed to steer India home and level the five-match series 1-1 but also remained not out – a trademark of the Indian captain. So far, in 81 T20I innings, Kohli has remained not out 22 times.

Sehwag also adviced the two young Indian wicket keeper-batsmen Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan to learn from Kohli and stay as long as they can on the crease when they're playing well.

"When it's Virat Kohli's days, he ensures he finishes the match and is right there till the end, irrespective of the format he is batting in. This is a special aspect about his batting. Like Ajay (Jadeja) said, Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan should learn from Kohli, that when it's your day, just don't get out. That's exactly what Tendulkar used to do," Sehwag told Hindustan Times.

He also went on to add how Tendulkar would advice Sehwag to stay as long as he can on the crease and score runs when he's batting well because nobody knows what's in store the day after.

Sehwag's advice was especially for Pant because of the way he played and got out. He praised Pant for how he hit a six and a four, rotated the strike and waited for the bad balls to get runs before getting out to a loose shot. The opener said that had he continued to do so, the game could have been over sooner.

Pant scored 13 off 26 balls, hitting two fours and sixes each before falling to Chris Jordan. Kishan, on the other hand, impressed everyone on his debut with a swashbuckling 32-ball 56 which completely took the match away from England. However, he would be disappointed as well with the manner he got out as he was adjudged LBW of the bowling off Adil Rashid while trying to reverse sweep the leg-spinner – a shot he had missed before as well in the over.

But, the duo left a good impression and will be seen again in the third ODI on Tuesday at the same venue.



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