Australia in India 2012-13 November 1, 2013

Gavaskar expects Kohli to surpass Tendulkar in ODIs

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At the rate Virat Kohli is scoring ODI centuries, he is likely to go past Sachin Tendulkar's record 49 hundreds, believes Sunil Gavaskar. Kohli has already scored 17 centuries in 118 matches, while Tendulkar had eight after the same number of matches.

"That is what human progress is all about. Records are meant to be broken," Gavaskar told NDTV. "While we know that some of Tendulkar's records are well nigh impossible to be able to get like 200 Test matches, nor anybody can reach 51 Test hundreds.

"But the manner in which Virat is batting, the record for 49 hundreds looks possible," he said. "Now Virat needs 32 more hundreds to go and the number of ODIs India play he can do it. This cricketing season itself, Virat can get to 20 or 22 hundreds."

Eleven of Kohli's centuries have come while chasing and he needs seven more to break another one of Tendulkar's records - that of most hundreds while chasing.

Gavaskar was also impressed with Kohli's ability to adjust his game according to the state of the match. "He reads the conditions and situations well, he knows the opposition well and that's the reason why he is scoring so consistently," he said.

"India is blessed to have somebody of the talent of Virat Kohli coming through. The fact that he has in his emerging years spent a lot of time with the likes of Sachin, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman and put that experience to good use on the field speaks very highly of this young man's cricketing intelligence. That is the key."

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  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    A very absurd comparison by Gavaskar. Till Dravid and Ganguly started delivering well along with the likes of Yuvi and Viru, Sachin was the only expectation for the whole nation. Sachin was always under the pressure to perform, as after his Sachin gets out, a procession behind him by the Indian batsmen was a very familiar scene in Indian batting.That was the case almost till 2003. Moreover till that time Sachin was playing against Akram, Mcgrath, Lee, Vass etc.Kohli on the other hand always had the backing of Dhoni, Raina etc. There is no point in this comparison, because first of all is there a strong/challenging bowling attack in the modern cricket. Not sure what Kohli can do in SA against Steyn and Morkel. I am happy about one thing that Gavaskar is praising a batsmen other than a Mumbaikar.

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    You just cannot compare players with their records. Had Tendulkar made his debut now, he would have scored 40 centuries with much inferior attack and placid tracks. This is not to belittle Kohli, but run making is much easier now.

  • Shakti on November 2, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Its seems very easy considering the surfaces being produced in India.

  • Tahir on November 2, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Where is the Gavasker of yesteryears who made cricket a science and his analysis was so interesting to listen it made a lot of sense in short. Here he is jumping to conclusions and making countless assumptions. Kohli has only one hundred in Aus, SA and England and the rest in india or india like conditions and has played just 13 matches outside in these frontline countries. The forecast assumes that kohli will never be injured, will always be in form, all weaker teams will continue to play large number of matches on featherbeds. All other nations will not shorten their tours to india as they are shortening their tours etc. Gavasker has started to support BCCIs business interest most of the time and he with allan wilkins spare no moment in prasing indian players for this and that. Lets see how much kohli scores in SA and then mr. gavasker will have his answer.

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    Every Time master compare in one portion of game.Lets see we compare to Cook to master in test no buddy talk about one day matches same case for kallis,some people think kallis is better than Sachin in test because of ability of bowling and took around 250 wicket same here for one day.In one day previously we compare to Sehwag and Dhoni now virat is new one.Evenly we don't think Sachin in his long carrier the main target in one dayer and test.Every team had own plans whenever they touring india or india touring oversees "How to get rid of Sachin'.In my perception if any player make that kind of buzz at least seven or eight years than i would consider that the real player to compare to Sachin. As of now no buddy in that League. Cric info please publish.

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    @sunil gavaskar ji, I think, the comparison for number of hundred with respect to number of matches is not fair. Firstly, for almost first 66 matches of his career, he batted at 4th down or so. Secondly, comparison should be done in terms of the match situation. Vk hundreds have come when India had to chase huge numbers, which was not the case with Sachin. Last but not the least, people used to come to stadiums just to see Sachin score even 3-4 4's and 1-2 6's. They found it worth of their tickets.That is not the case with VK.

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    I am a Pakistani cricket fan but I love to watch Virat play. To me, he is my favorite batsman in ODIs at present. I would love to see him progress. Lets see if the keen eye of Sunil Gavaskar has predicted correct. VK, way to go!

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    I am a huge Sachin fan but must say Kohli deserves no less praise than Sachin........................Only difference yet left is Sachin was a big match player with WC avg of 50 & tournament finals avg of 54.................CAN KOHLI ALSO RAISE HIS GAME WHEN IT REALLY MATTERS........... A trait missing in SA so called legends: they succumb when it matters

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    It is sad to see that batsmen only need hitting abilities and a bit of self- control to score a hundred these days especially in ODIs. There is nothing for bowlers even with the new ball early on in the innings. And with the less sporting pitches being so common and high quality bowlers rare to find, scoring a hundred unsurprisingly will be a cakewalk for batters. I would not be surprised if Kohli surpass Sachin's tally of 49 ODI 100s. However, I am not sure how these youngsters would have faired against quality bowlers of the past decade in helpful conditions given their not so great defending techniques as evident by their failure in responsive pitches outside subcontinent in Tests. If they are so great how come India not win or even draw a test against quality opponents like England in responsive pitches.

  • Logan on November 2, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    My observation on Virat's performance,every time india has scores in excess of 300,virat will surely bring you home.If I can remember of recent he was the batsman responsible in chasing scores over 350.That proves that he does not shy away from a challange.He becomes more hungry

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