Mumbai, March 21 (IANS) The in-form Virat Kohli should not be put under too much pressure in the wake of his stupendous success with the bat, feels his senior India teammate Sachin Tendulkar.
Sachin, who arrived here after India’s exit from the ongoing Asia Cup, said Kohli was a brilliant batsman and should be kept away from constant media attention.
“He is a brilliant player. We all know how well he has done and all I can say is that don’t put pressure on him, let him play,” said Tendulkar of the 23-year-old, who struck a match-winning 183 off 148 balls against Pakistan Sunday.
Kohli is going through a purple patch with scores of 183, 66, 108, and 133 not out in his last four One-day Internationals. Prior to the Asia Cup, he was the lone Indian to score a hundred in the Test series against Australia.
Sachin praised another youngster in Rohit Sharma, who also played well in the tournament in Mirpur, Bangladesh.
“Rohit also batted very well. He showed a lot of composure. The way he built the partnership with Virat in the Pakistan game was very important for us,” he said of Sharma’s 68 against the arch-rivals. Kohli and Sharma shared 172 runs for the third wicket in the match.
India were knocked out of Thursday’s final after Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka Tuesday.