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Usain Bolt’s record will not be matched any time soon, says Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli has hailed Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt, saying his records will remain untouched for quite some time.

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Aug 07, 2017 08:45 IST
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Virat Kohli has lavished praise on Usain Bolt.
Virat Kohli has lavished praise on Usain Bolt. (AP)

Despite a lot happening in the world of sport, everything took a backseat on Saturday night as the world was gripped by the Usain Bolt fever.

India captain Virat Kohli too paid tribute to the king of athletics, saying the world was unlikely to see someone shine so bright as Bolt. “He (Bolt) deserves it because there is no one greater than him and it was his last race. I also wished him because we both are Puma athletes. We have not seen a career like that in athletics and I don’t think that, going forward, these records will be broken in a hurry,” said Kohli.

While Justin Gatlin has played second fiddle to Bolt all through his career, in the legend’s last race, the American finally breasted the tape ahead of the Jamaican.

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But, after the race, Gatlin bowed to the ultimate champion in respect. Something that Kohli himself was seen doing during the second Test when he applauded the Sri Lankan centurions, Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne.

“On the field, I always try to create as difficult a situation as possible so that he (the opponent) gets out. But at the same time, if he achieves something, then you must also appreciate it. The opposition will always test you, either with their plans or with their talk. But when people do well…you understand how much strength and hard work has gone into it. So you must appreciate that, it is very necessary.”