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Briefly Cricket: Don’t put pressure on Kohli,says Tendulkar

Don’t put pressure on Kohli,says Tendulkar

Written by Agencies | Published: March 22, 2012 12:14 am

Don’t put pressure on Kohli,says Tendulkar

Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday agreed that Virat Kohli is special talent but he does not want the youngster to be put under too much pressure just at the beginning of what seems to be a promising career. “He is a very good player. He is a brilliant player. He has done well but all I can say is don’t put pressure on him. Let him play,” Tendulkar said .

Tendulkar,who returned here from Dhaka today after India’s exit from the Asia Cup,scored his much-awaited 100th ton during the tournament and said it was not easy for him to achieve the milestone despite scoring 99 centuries. “The pressure is off. It was a difficult phase and all of us had to wait for it for a long time. But it has made everyone realise,including me,that even after scoring 99 hundreds,it is not easy to score another one,” said Sachin.

On India’s exit from the Asia Cup,Tendulkar said: “We go out to win every match and sometimes it’s not possible to win every match and sometimes the opposition plays better cricket than you and that is what happened. I would not want to take the credit away from them (Bangladesh). I think they played well.”

Missed not being there when Sachin hit the 100th: Sehwag

New Delhi: Declaring himself fit after being ‘rested’ because of injury,opener Virender Sehwag said he missed not being in the dressing room when Sachin Tendulkar struck his landmark 100th international century last week. “The rest period is over and I am set to train,and play in the IPL,” Sehwag said.

A long-time partner of Tendulkar at the top of the order,Sehwag was not there when the latter got to his 100th international ton during the Asia Cup match against Bangladesh in Mirpur last Friday. “I missed being in the dressing room when Tendulkar scored that 100th century.”

Post the debacle in Australia,calls for senior players to retire are getting louder but Sehwag,himself 33,said nobody can force a cricketer to retire. Rahul Dravid had recently announced his retirement from international cricket.

“I will continue to play as long as I am enjoying the game,contributing to the team,winning games for my country. Nobody can force a player to retire,” he said. “It’s not like a job,government job.”

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