Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former legendry batsman Sachin Tendulkar praised star batters Virat Kohli and KL Rahul for their brilliant batting to record the highest partnership in Asia Cup history against arch-rival Pakistan at the R Preamadasa stadium in Colombo on Monday.

“Congratulations to Virat and KL for their 100s. One big positive sign for #TeamIndia is that all our top 6 batters - Rohit, Shubman, Virat, KL, Ishan and Hardik have scored runs at various stages in the 2 matches. Well played! Keep it up,” wrote Sachin on X formerly known as Twitter.

Both Rahul and Kohli tormented Pakistan bowlers as they stitched together an unbeaten partnership of 233-run in 194 deliveries.

Rahul and Kohli duo surpassed Pakistan’s Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez, who held the record with their 224-run partnership against India in 2012.

Both the star batters got off to a slow start before launching their assault. They helped India post a challenging 356/2 against Babar Azam-led Pakistan.

Skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill’s half-centuries laid the foundation for India before Kohli and Rahul stretched the innings to a huge total.