New Delhi: Virat Kohli's superlative batting displays in the ongoing ICC World Cup has led to experts comparing him to Sachin Tendulkar.
While some believe Kohli is already better than the master blaster, other feel there is still time before a serious parallel can be drawn between the two.
The 27-year-old has so far played two match-winning knocks in the tournament. He was cheered on by Sachin from the Eden Gardens' stands during his unbeaten fifty against Pakistan.
On Sunday Tendulkar wasn't present in Mohali, but took to social micro-blogging site Twitter to appreciate Kohli's effort against the Aussies.
Terming the knock as special, the former India skipper lauded the right-hander's fighting spirit.
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 27, 2016
Virat's response to his idol was truly heart-warming.
Thank You @sachin_rt paaji. Less special than you!
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) March 28, 2016
Interestingly, both batsmen will remember March 27 fondly for the rest of their lives.
It was on this date in 1994 that Tendulkar opened for India for the first time. He went on to score 82 off 49 balls with 15 fours and 2 sixes.
Kohli scored an unbeaten 82 off 51 balls, with 9 fours and two sixes against Steve Smith's side in Mohali.
While fans continue to debate as to who is the greater batsman between the two, Tendulkar's reply to Kohli summed it up rather beautifully.
Been getting messages on 27th March, Auckland & Mohali! India was smiling on both occasions & that is truly special! https://t.co/bfDxaRaFx9
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) March 28, 2016
As they say, a master will always remain the master.