"Sachin Tendulkar is the reason I started playing " - said India's most promising batting talent, Virat Kohli, as he paid tribute to the senior batsman for completing a century of international hundreds.
At a felicitation function organised by industrialist and IPL team Mumbai Indians' owner Mukesh Ambani, Kohli was asked to give his thoughts on the 39-year-old, who completed the incredible feat during the recent Asia Cup in Bangladesh.
The 23-year-old right-hander, who is in the form of his life having scored three hundreds in his past four one-dayers, said as a child he only dreamed of catching a glimpse of Tendulkar in person.
"He is the reason why I have started playing cricket. Like me I think most of the youngsters in India started playing cricket because of him," Virat said as Tendulkar looked back at him smiling.
"Now it is just a great honour to share the same dressing room with him. I remember when I was small, my only dream was to see him in real life and to play with him now is just a great honour for me. I couldn't have asked for anything more," he added.
Tendulkar too is quite impressed with the spunky batsman and has stated that he could be the one breaking the 100 centuries record apart from another promising name - Rohit Sharma.