| Virat Kohli in Bangalore |
Bangalore: India’s latest batting sensation Virat Kohli said, on Thursday, that Sachin Tendulkar deserves the country’s highest civilian award — the Bharat Ratna.
“He (Tendulkar) really deserves the Bharat Ratna. Whatever he has done, I don’t think anyone else can even come close to achieve (100 hundreds in international cricket) what he achieved in the last 22 years… It is impossible,” Kohli said at a promotional, on Thursday.
The clamour for honouring The Master with the Bharat Ratna intensified after Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan told the state Assembly that his government would recommend Sachin’s name for the highest civilian award.
Excited about this year’s IPL, Kohli said that unlike the last IPL, he is pretty relaxed during this edition with a string of good performances behind him in the international arena.
“I am really excited about this year’s IPL. I am feeling relaxed this time around because in the last IPL, I wanted to prove a point. The third edition of the IPL was not that great, performance wise,” he said.
Kohli clarified, however, that he was confident but not complacent, reiterating that he would work hard to help Royal Challengers Bangalore’s prospects.
Asked what would be his aim in the fifth edition of the IPL, Kohli said that he would concentrate on every game that came his way and try to prepare the best way he could.