NEW DELHI: When Virat Kohli is on song, he is unstoppable. Kohli, like Sachin Tendulkar has a plethora of records to his name. With his sheer batting prowess and hunger for runs, the Indian run-machine is tipped to break at least a few of Tendulkar’s monumental records.
Former India cricketer and one of the best attacking batsmen ever to have played the game, Virender Sehwag feels Kohli is the best batsman of this generation at the moment and that the current Indian captain will break most of Sachin’s records, barring one.
“At the moment, Virat (Kohli) is the best batsman. The way he is scoring centuries, the way he is scoring runs, he is the best. I am sure he will break most of Sachin Tendulkar’s records,” Virender Sehwag told Timesofindia.com in an interview.
File Pic: Virat Kohli with batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar. (TOI Photo)
Kohli, who has smashed two back-to-back centuries in the recently-concluded One-Day International (ODI) series against the West Indies in the Caribbean islands, has 43 ODI centuries to his name already and needs just seven centuries more to break Tendulkar’s world record. Tendulkar scored 49 centuries in 463 ODIs (452 innings).
Tendulkar scored 18426 runs in his ODI career at an average of 44.83, while Kohli has an astonishing average of 60.31 in 239 ODIs (230 innings).
In Tests, Kohli is just about half-way through to Tendulkar’s centuries record. The Indian skipper has 25 centuries under his belt in 77 Tests (131 innings), while the Sachin scored 51 centuries in 200 Tests (329 innings).
“The one record no one can break is his (Sachin) 200 Test matches record. I don’t think anyone can break his record of playing 200 Test matches. I don’t think anybody can play more than 200 Test matches,” Sehwag said on the sidelines of the launch event of ‘The Selector’ app in New Delhi.
Despite Virat’s already incredible body of work, some feel Steve Smith is a better batsman. The former India opener though doesn’t agree with that assessment.
“Virat Kohli is a much better player than Steve Smith. If you look at Kohli and Smith (while batting), Kohli looks much more pleasing to the eyes in comparison with Smith. He is the number one batsman in the world,” Sehwag said.
With India getting ready to begin their first chapter of the ICC World Test championship when they take on the West Indies in the first not two Test matches beginning Thursday, Segway backed Virat and his men to win the series.
“The West Indies team don’t have quality players in their side who can give competition to this Indian team. I am sure India will win the two-match Test series 2-0,” Sehwag said.