Sachin Tendulkar will be proud of Virat Kohli, says Sunil Gavaskar

Batting in the No.4 position, a spot occupied by retired Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli slammed his fifth Test century against South Africa at Wanderers.

updated: December 19, 2013 18:49 IST
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Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has praised Virat Kohli for scoring his fifth Test century which came under pressure at Johannesburg on Wednesday. Kohli, who batted at No.4 position, a spot occupied by retired Sachin Tendulkar for more than two decades responded to the challenge beautifully after India were reduced to 24 for two by the South African pacers. (Read Day 1 report)

"Sachin Tendulkar would have been very proud of the way (Virat) Kohli played. He was quick to make good use of the loose ball and played wonderfully on this track," Gavaskar told NDTV. (Highlights)

Kohli became the eighth Indian to score a ton in the Rainbow Nation and third at the Wanderers. This is Kohli's second hundred in 2013, with his previous one coming against Australia in Chennai in February. Having scored just 31 runs in the two One-Day Internationals versus South Africa, pressure was mounting on Kohli's shoulders as an entire nation prepared itself to see a new face walking out at the fall of the second wicket (Murali Vijay). (Also read: I refer batting up the order, says Kohli)

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