Mohammad Kaif highlighted Kohli's exceptional character, emphasizing that, despite being a cricketing icon himself, Kohli's acknowledgment and respect for Tendulkar demonstrate his discipline and humility.
Going beyond records, Kohli's gesture of going down on his knees to pay respects to his hero adds a human touch to his cricketing prowess.
"Virat also acknowledged Sachin and even went down on his knees to pay respects to his hero and the master of the game. This shows the nature and character of Virat Kohli. He's a big player himself, but being a good human and giving due respect to his masters shows how disciplined he is," Kaif said.
Kohli's knock in the semi-final not only demonstrated his mastery on the field but also silenced critics who questioned his performance in knockout games.
Stepping up under pressure, Kohli top-scored for India, anchoring the innings and ensuring India's qualification for the finals. This century adds a new chapter to Kohli's legacy, showcasing his ability to deliver on the grandest stages.
"Also what makes this knock memorable is the stage on which he's got it. There were conversations that his record in knockouts is not great, but he's answered everyone by scoring a century, and ensuring that India qualifies for the finals," he added.">