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How Virat Kohli was tricked into touching Sachin Tendulkar’s feet by his Indian teammates and left them in stitches


Virat Kohli is an icon for Indian cricket fans and has always proven why he is one of the best players in the world.

Kohli will have one last shot at T20 World Cup glory as captain of India, with the tournament starting this month, before stepping down.

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There will be plenty of young players in the dressing room who admire the 32-year-old, but there was a time when he admired the senior figures of their national team.

Sachin Tendulkar is a hero to many in India and Kohli was in awe of him when they first met in 2008.

The 20-year-old walked in to the side and blurted out that he was feeling nervous about meeting the genie.

His teammates decided to play a prank on him and told him to touch Tendulkar’s feet as a sign of respect.

In an interview with Oaktree Sports, Kohli said, “My first interaction with him was very funny. First interaction, I had been preparing for two days only to meet him.

“To meet Sachin Tendulkar in the Indian locker room.

How Virat Kohli was tricked into touching Sachin Tendulkar’s feet by his Indian teammates and left them in stitches
Kohli was pranked by his Indian teammates when he entered the squad
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“Now guys have found out… I must have told someone about my nervousness.

“They played a prank on me by telling me that all rookies. I must pay homage to him by touching Sachin’s feet. And I took them seriously.

“So I went to say hello. Just as I was about to touch his feet, he said, “What are you doing?

“I said to him: ‘they told me I should touch your feet out of respect when I met you’.

“He said, ‘No, no, they’re just pulling your leg.

“So this was my first interaction with Sachin.”

Virat said that Yuvraj Singh, Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh were the ones who convinced him that he had to touch Tendulkar’s feet.

He added: “Munaf Patel was the greatest instigator. He had convinced me that if I didn’t, they wouldn’t guarantee what would happen later.

How Virat Kohli was tricked into touching Sachin Tendulkar’s feet by his Indian teammates and left them in stitches
Kohli and Tendulkar are idolized by millions of fans across India
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“So I had to do it. I was completely brainwashed. But before I approached him when I made up my mind on how I should do it I remember I was sitting right across from him in the locker room and he was right in front and he was organizing his things and I was watching him just like this (watch).

“I took the time to record the fact that what is happening is true. There was no television screen between us. So it was a very special moment.

Tendulkar was understandably perplexed by the incident and spoke about it recently.

“I didn’t know what was going on. I asked him ‘what are you doing?’ I told him that there was no need for this and that such things do not happen. Then he stood up and we looked at these guys, they started laughing, ”Tendulkar said on the YouTube show LegendsWithUnacademy.

India’s first match of the T20 World Cup is against Pakistan on October 24.

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