Friday, December 25, 2009

Kohli recalls Sachin's call on U-19 WC

India's 2008 U-19 WC winning captain Virat Kohli said Sachin chipped in with advice before his team took on SA in the final match.

Kohli, who led India to victory in Malaysia last year, said, "Ahead of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup final, everyone back home was overwhelmed and believed we had a very good chance to win the trophy.

"Therefore, I started getting more telephone calls with everyone advising me to relax and not to panic, which actually put more pressure on me.

"However, the most special telephone call I received was from Sachin Tendulkar who was on the tour to Australia with Team India. He talked to me at length and advised me how I should approach the final," he said on this week's ICC Cricket World audio show.

In that fateful day, India were bowled out for a paltry 159 by South Africa in the final.
Reflecting on that day, Kohli said "I just told the boys that we have nothing left in the tournament except one last session. So, let's go out there and give all we have. We took the field to defend the small total with that killing instinct and rest is history.

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