Kohli is now under pressure to become the next Tendulkar, says Andrew Strauss

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“He is going to have to deal with that tag of being India’s great batsman and that is not an easy thing to deal with”

Former England captain Andrew Strauss has announced that be believes India vice-captain Virat Kohli is under immense pressure to become the next Sachin Tendulkar. 

Tendulkar announced his retirement from international cricket after playing his 200th Test, which came against the West Indies in his hometown of Mumbai. 

Strauss added that the entire Indian cricketing community is now expecting Kohli to step in Tendulkar’s shoes and become the next ‘Little Master’.

“Kohli looks phenomenally talented and his one-day record in particular is extraordinary,” Strauss told skysports.com. “He is also very confident but he is going to have to deal with that tag of being India’s great batsman and that is not an easy thing to deal with.

“There are all the pitfalls of fame and celebrity and it will be a challenge for him.”

Strauss, who retired from international cricket in 2012, also paid tribute to Tendulkar, stating that no one will ever beat his record of 100 international centuries.

The former England captain also noted that Tendulkar’s ability to play top-class cricket for 24 years was absolutely “phenomenal”.

“Sachin is right up the top,” Strauss said. “Whether he is better than [Sir Don] Bradman or not it is hard to say but the records he has set I don’t think will ever be bettered.

“It is a triumph of longevity as much as anything, as he has played for so long in all forms of the game and been so incredibly consistent in all of them, which is phenomenal.

“I know a little bit about pressure having captained England but he has had a hundred times that kind of pressure whilst carrying Indian cricket for 20 years.

“He has always seemed so unaffected by it, too; he didn’t buy into the hype or the publicity and instead kept humble and kept batting.

“He is a really impressive man as well as a batsman and the game of cricket is going to feel a big loss when he goes.”

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