Virat Kohli is just 9 centuries away from leveling the great Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 One Day International (ODI) tons. Many of the cricketing fans and experts have went on to say that Captain Kohli’s unmatchable consistency with the bat makes him the best ever batsman in the world when it comes to the fifty over format.
Kohli had recently overhauled Sachin’s record of being the quickest to reach the 10,000 run mark accolade in ODIs, which he had achieved in 205 games, as compared to Sachin’s 250. Former Australian captain turned expert, Ian Chappel has stated that Virat Kohli can rightfully go beyond Sachin’s records with a number of games still left in his tank, and also expressed that Kohli could be like the ODI version of Sir Don Bradman.
“Kohli reminds me of Richards in his approach to ODI batting; he eschews fancy shots and relies on a wide range of traditional strokes … As the only one of this quartet still playing ODIs, Kohli already heads some important statistical categories,” he was quoted saying.
“If he were to continue at his current rate – an unlikely outcome as he ages – he would pass Tendulkar’s aggregate with more than one hundred innings to spare and nearly 20 centuries in advance of the Little Master.
“If he even came close to achieving these amazing feats, there could be no argument: Kohli would be the Sir Donald Bradman of ODI batsmen,” Chappel further added.
Though Virat Kohli might be unstoppable with the bat in current day scenario, it his captaincy as well which is doing wonders for him, as his Indian side became the first ever team in world cricket to not lose a series across the three formats in the nation down under. Kohli’s next challenge will be against Kane Williamson’s formidable New Zealand side, starting with the five match ODI series on January 23.
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