Indian team lauded on Twitter for win over Pakistan

After India defeated Pakistan in the World Twenty20 match at Eden Gardens, former India cricketers praised Virat Kohli, the architect of the win, and the Indian team.

Sachin Tendulkar thanked Virat Kohli on Twitter for his gesture.   -  K. R. Deepak

The Indian team was swamped with congratulatory messages on Twitter for its convincing six-wicket win over arch-rival Pakistan in an ICC World Twenty20 match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, with batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar leading the charge by thanking Virat Kohli for his match-winning knock.

Kohli was head and shoulders above the rest in terms of quality of batsmanship as he played a special knock of unbeaten 55 runs off just 37 balls on a difficult Eden pitch to guide India home. Soon after reaching his fifty, Kohli took a bow for Tendulkar, who was present at the stands and the batting stalwart appreciated the gesture.

West Indian batting great Brian Lara too hailed Kohli’s knock but expressed disappointment over Pakistani spinners performance on the turning wicket. Former India captain Anil Kumble and batsman-turned commentator V. V. S. Laxman, too, praised Kohli for his exceptional knock.

Former India spinner Bishan Bedi hailed Kohli as a 'class above the rest'. Sanjay Manjrekar, commentator and former batsman termed India's win as a 'stroll in the park'.

Yuvraj Singh, with whom Kohli added 61 runs for the fourth wicket to stabilise India’s chase after the hosts were reeling at 23 for three, lauded Kohli and the bowling department’s performance.

Offspinner Harbhajan Singh, who did not play the game, called Kohli a run machine. Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena praised Kohli for his 'class innings under pressure'. Australia allrounder James Faulkner wondered whether Kohli was batting on a different wicket as he made it look so easy.

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