Mohali, March 28: Former Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne on Sunday (March 27) said after Virat Kohli's 51-ball-82 against Australia in the do-or-die group match at the PCA Stadium here that the innings reminded him of one of Sachin Tendulkar's many special innings.
Warne said this in a tweet after Tendulkar praised Kohli's knock that helped India beat Australia to make the semifinals of the T20 World Cup.
Warne, 46, who also congratulated Kohli and wished Shane Watson who retired after the match, said Australia had a chance to win the match if only they could get Kohli dismissed below 15. The Australians made a flying start but were checked by the Indian bowlers to finally settle for 160. Kohli's plunder in the 19th over of the Indian innings in which he took 16 runs sealed the match in the hosts' favour with five balls to spare in the final over.
Wow, that was absolute class from Virat.Congrats India on your win. Congrats to @ShaneRWatson33 on a wonderful career, hold your head high— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 27, 2016
If the Aussies get Virat out under 15 then they will win. Going to be a cracking game though, who's winning this followers ?— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 27, 2016
Warne, who was known for his on-field rivalry with Tendulkar during their playing days had once said that he had nightmares about the maestro picking him for special treatment during a Test series in India and a tri-nation series in Sharjah in 1998. He though later clarified that he had made the remark in a lighter vein.
In the first match of the Test series in Chennai, Warne had dismissed Tendulkar for nought in the first innings but the Master Blaster came back strongly in the second innings to score an inbeaten 155 in around four hours. Thereafter, it was Tendulkar who prevailed over the Australian spinner all through.