Sachin Tendulkar, the man with whom current Indian skipper Virat Kohli is always compared, has weighed in on the latter's remarkable hat-trick (actually quintuple) at the ICC awards for 2018.
Taking to Twitter, legend Tendulkar has hailed the hard work and perseverance that have led Kohli to clean sweep the awards by winning the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year and the ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Year, alongside being named as captain of the ICC's Test and ODI teams of the year.
Congratulating Kohli on this astonishing feat, Sachin has said that he is very proud of his oft-touted successor's achievements.
In the year 2018 Virat Kohli scored 2735 runs in 37 matches across all three formats.
He was also the top run-scorer in Test matches, and most crucially, led India to a thrilling test series win away in Australia.
In his post-awards message, Kohli, who is currently leading Team India in New Zealand after their historic test-ODI series double Down Under, said:
"It feels amazing. It’s a reward for all the hard work that you do throughout the calendar year. I feel really grateful and very, very happy with the team doing well at the same time myself performing. Having recognition at the global level from the ICC is something you feel proud of as a cricketer because you understand that there are many players playing the game".
With the World Cup months away, Indian fans will be hoping more than ever that the awards' 2019 edition also go the same way.