Sharing dressing room with Sachin is a dream-come-true: Kohli

August 7th, 2008 - 7:19 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 7 (IANS) Though thrilled at the prospect of sharing the dressing room with master batsman Sachin Tendulkar, aggressive batting talent Virat Kohli is candid enough to admit he had not expected a national call-up so soon. “It is great that I’ll get to share the dressing room with Sachin Tendulkar. Playing with him is a dream of every player. I will try to learn from Sachin,” the 19-year-old Delhi cricketer said after being included in the Indian teams for the upcoming One-Day International (ODI) series in Sri Lanka and Champions Trophy in Pakistan.

Kohli, who led India to victory at the under-19 World Cup in Malaysia earlier this year, said he would also take tips from players like Virender Sehwag on how to combat Sri Lankan spin sensation Ajantha Mendis.

“I will talk to players like Sehwag who have played well against him,” the right-hand batsman said when asked about how he planned to face Mendis.

Asked whether he expected to be in the Indian team at such a young age, Kohli replied: “The under-19 World Cup win gave me a lot of confidence. After that, I did not do well in the Indian Premier League (for Royal Challengers). But then I again came up with a good performance in the Emerging Players’ tournament in Australia last month. But frankly speaking, I did not expect a call-up so soon.”

Kohli had finished as the second highest run-getter in the Emerging Players’ tournament.

On his approach to the game in the coming big engagements, Kohli said: “I will play my own game.”

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