On the comparison of Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev’s answer makes no sense.
- Both Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli have established themselves as two of the best batsmen in their eras. Prior to retiring in 2013, Tendulkar, who made his debut for India in 1989, had struck 100 hundred (51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs). However, Kohli has been in charge for well over a decade. So far, Kohli has the most international tonnes among active players with 74 (27 in Tests, 46 in ODIs, and 1 in T20Is). The 34-year-old needs three more centuries to match Tendulkar’s record of 49 in ODIs.
- Kohli has been compared to Tendulkar quite a bit, but there is some disagreement as to who is the better batter. Kapil Dev, captain of India’s 1983 World Cup-winning team, was recently asked to choose between Sachin and Kohli in the ongoing discussion about who is the superior batter.
- But Dev responded perfectly, noting that while everyone is welcome to their opinions, the next era would feature superior athletes.
- “A player of that calibre can do both or neither. There are XI people in the team. It’s possible that I have particular tastes, but I do believe that each next generation improves upon the last. When we were young, Sunil Gavaskar was one of the best players in the world. Since then, we’ve seen Rahul Dravid, Sachin, Virender Sehwag, and the like. It’s guaranteed that you’ll witness a cricketer of higher calibre and performance “In an exclusive interview with Gulf News, Dev revealed.
- Former India captain Virat Kohli seems to have regained his form, with three hundred in his previous six One-Day Internationals.