Sachin Tendulkar praises 'special talent' Virat Kohli and his straight bat

Bengaluru, May 27: Cricket legend and former India captain Sachin Tendulkar has described Virat Kohli as a "special talent" and praised his discipline, commitment towards the game.

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India Test skipper Kohli has been in prolific run-scoring form in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2016 (IPL 9). He has shattered several records during this edition's tournament.

Tendulkar (left) and Kohli are photographed during this year's IPL

The Royal Challengers Bangalore's captain has scored 4 centuries in this year's IPL, a record. And he has already accumulated a landmark 919 runs and will play in the final on Sunday (May 29). ('Kohli can emulate Tendulkar')

Not only has the 27-year-old Kohli set IPL alight with his batting, he has already broken several records in international cricket. (Kohli bows to Tendulkar)

Thanks to his achievements, Kohli is compared with Tendulkar for which the Delhi right-hander had said it was "not fair".

"It is embarrassing to be honest. It is not fair on him (Tendulkar). He can't be compared to anyone. You are talking about a batsman of a different caliber. I have strengthened my game whereas he was born to achieve all that he has. I have been playing well for two years while he served the nation with grace for 24 years. He is two levels above anyone else in this generation of batsmen. I am individually inspired by him though I would like to create my own path," Kohli had said on comparisons with Tendulkar.

When Tendulkar was asked about Kohli, the Master Blaster said he was "strong mentally".

"Virat (Kohli) presents the straight bat and scores with good cricketing shots. He is a special talent and he works hard on his game. His discipline and commitment has to be emulated. He visualises different formats without ever compromising on his technique. In addition, he is very strong mentally and thrives in pressure situations," Tendulkar told Dubai's "Gulf News". ('Kohli could be the next Tendulkar')

Kohli has so far scored 2,994 Test, 7,212 ODI and 1,641 T20I runs for India. He has been rested for next month's limited overs tour to Zimbabwe.

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