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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • S.Jagernath on November 2, 2013, 7:11 GMT

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

  • BustIPL 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Pavinasen 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • S.Jagernath on November 2, 2013, 7:11 GMT

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

  • BustIPL 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Pavinasen 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

  • NareshPodi on November 2, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    @Clint Nelson and @Sunilvaidya.. Yes I completely agree with you. Why all this is happening to Sachin is, People learned to advertise based on the people's emotions and also commentators too....

  • Chennai_Voice on November 2, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    No matter what record VK creates. He is so bad with his infield behavior. Unless he learns how to behave well infield, he will never be remembered as great cricketer no matter what record he creates. SRT and Rahul Dravid are known for their gentle infield behavior. The comparison of VK against these players are ridiculous!

  • SamRoy on November 2, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    The biggest differences between Kohli and Tendulkar in a ODI innings; Kohli starts slowly most of the time and often Tendulkar got off to a racing start. But Tedulkar slowed every time he reached 85 for no apparent apart from nearing a personal milestone, Kohli never does that. It quite often resulted in India losing momentum and sometimes losing the match. One striking similarity between Kohli and Tendulkar in his youth in a test innings, both lost (loses) concentration after reaching a test hundred and got out to what we call a "soft" dismissal.

  • Dilruksh on November 2, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    no i dont think he can break sachins record even if he stays for that long now a days players dont stay that long when they under perform they bring in the new guns.so sunil u got this wrong.even if kohli stays for that long i dont think he can break the legends record.even chris gayle was going on this pace.

  • ramli on November 2, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    SG did not compare SRT with VK ... he is just saying that VK may end up with more 100s than SRT ... Cricket has just beginning to look like a team sport under MSD ... and even in that, VK is shining whaich itself is a tribute ... let us not start comparing VK with SRT now ... the time will certainly come to do that ... one thing is sure ... VK will be a better captain than SRT anytime

  • Wacco on November 2, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    This is typical of Sunny, focusing on 100s and record books! He may be an 'expert' but what we understand, batting is not about scoring centuries only.....helping India to win more matches is what matters.

  • u.moral on November 2, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    Mr StatisticsRocks u r ignoring some other facts....of course he's going to have more 100s in India as he'll be playing more matches here...also 4 100s in 26 games in Aus,Eng and SA is not dat bad...and why are you ignoring his batting averages in those countries that goes like this- 53 in Aus, 46 in Eng and 57 in SA. As far as test 100s go, he hasnt played a single test yet in England, SA and NZ so you are not yet entitled to comment on dat...

  • on November 2, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    @chimanrao - seriously ganguly faked an injury when seeing a green top in nagpur, and u are calling him a better cricketer then sachin. Even his fielding and running between wickets was ordinary. Sachin on the other hand was competent in both. Australia dominated because they had best batsmen, best bowlers and best fielders. Something other teams didn't have. Simple as that.

  • on November 2, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    Kohli is not as good as Sachin is at this time. He's good and could get better but will never be as pleasing to the eye as Sachin is. Even some of Sachin's recent hundreds are more pleasing to watch than Kohli's innings. That being said, I'm really happy that Kohli is in the Indian team and has the passion to win while chasing. Looking forward to seeing what he can do in S. Africa and other countries like England and Australia in the long run.

  • sunilvaidya on November 2, 2013, 2:16 GMT

    bowlers like akram waqar saqlain mcgrath gillespie warne ambrose donald etc. are very lucky that they did not have to face the youngistan generation. btw players like jadeja azhar sidhu had thrashed bowlers like wasim waqar murali warne etc...the new generation would have done the same... dd srikkanth kapil dev also to the list....people are living in dreamworld if they think youngistan players would not have thrashed these bowlers....

  • anupkeni on November 2, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Virat Kohli has never been dismissed for 97,98,99 unlike Sachin Tendulkar.

  • sunilvaidya on November 2, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    what use sachin's 100 100s…most have come in friendly conditions, rarely when conditions are difficult…or when there is pressure…out of 100 100s 71 have come on flat asian pitches out of remaining 29 1 against sl 2 against zim 2 against kenya 1 against namibia 2 is against wi 3 against nz

    he is certainly not the greatest batsman from any angle...

  • TheBigBoodha on November 2, 2013, 1:39 GMT

    Maybe George Bailey will surpass Tendulkar, given that he has scored more runs than Kohli. Let's get real. The conditions here have been so batter-friendly that they make everyone look good. OK, maybe not Raina and co.

  • on November 2, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    Bishan, Why do think Kholi must last at the top to be reckoned, but you're deifying Tendulkar who is ending at the BOTTOM - the worst finishing batsman of All Time - and in every context? The age talk holds no water! Look at Chanderpaul, Misbah, et al, in their old age. Why all the flimsy excuses about only one man when he can't make the grade?

  • Rohit2Sahay on November 2, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    All these comments are premature at best. Virat's test record still needs a decent amount of work. Until then, Sachin will continue to rule the roost...

  • Albert_cambell on November 2, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    Kohli Did come closer to Sachin when he batted in those flat tracks, during this series. If it continues then he will surely break Sachin record.

  • StatisticsRocks on November 2, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    @Shabreesh, Statistics can be misleading, atleast the way you are presenting it. 7 of his centuries were scored in India, 4 in BNG, 2 in SL, 1 vs ZIM, so 13 of his 17 centuries are in sub continent, thats no good. BNG wickets are not that diferent from IND wickets, so to me it is like playng in India.Given the new rules and playing meaningless series like the one agnst AUS, will ensure Kohli scores 100 100's in ODI alone. Out of 4 test centuries 3 have come in India, so he has along way to go to prove his mettle. More importantly his attitude is what bothers me. He was actually out in Jaipur on 35 and did not walk but had the nerve to taunt Faulkner or whoever it was for not walking. By the way I am an Indian and hugely respect The WALL and SRT for not only their gr8ness but the way they carry themselves on and off the field. So present the data the right way.

  • johnathonjosephs on November 1, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    People going a bit overboard here.... Kohli is good, but nowhere near the caliber of Tendulkar. He might be a better ODI player than Tendulkar (still hard to say since Tendulkar faced far more superior bowlers on harder pitches) but in terms of Tests, Kohli is lacking. Like Yuvraj once said, "nobody remembers you for what you have done in ODI cricket, they only remember you for what you have done in Test Matches". The real TEST for Kohli comes in the TEST format.

  • spinkingKK on November 1, 2013, 22:43 GMT

    For those who says that the quality of runs scored by Sachin was far superior to what Kohli scored: In the same token, Sachin's runs (both in ODI's and Tests) are nothing compared to the quality of runs scored by Gavaskar. The conditions are very much batter friendly in modern day cricket. In the future, there could be a time when the batsmen can just play from home using a virtual reality equipment and then 1000 or a million centuries are very much possible :) Therefore, these records are always a tricky thing when you start comparing from different eras.

  • indiancricfaninusa on November 1, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    Khoili is a very talent player better than anyone. @Jayadeep Kodali : Have you seen Khoili taking 20 odd balls to reach from 90 to 100. How many times did you see Sachin & Ganguly do it. Khoili is the Best Batsman better than any Sachin's and Gangulies. If Khoili was born is the era you mentioned, he would have still scored hundreds.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 1, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Bishan Singh Bedi's tweet is funny. He calls Kohli as "David" and SRT as "Goliath". It should have been the other way around cause Virat is taller than SRT hahaha. Just kidding ! Yes, Virat has years to go before he can even spoken along the same lines as the Little Master. Still, he's an AWESOME player. There is NO player in the world right now who can time the ball like Kohli. What a player !!! India are gifted with some of the BEST batsmen in the world. Especially in ODIs. No team even comes close. As an Indian fan, I am so proud of the M.I.B (men in the blue).

  • on November 1, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    @Naresh Podi It is very premature to compare Kohli's performances with that of sachin. Sachin is 41 years old. At 41 you cannot be what you are at 23. Also consider the fact whom sachin faced - the likes of waqar younis, Wasim akram, Imran Khan, Glen McGrath, Shane Warne, Muralidharan, Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose , Jason Gillespie , Allan Donald , Shaun Pollock , Chaminda vaas , suqlain mustaq, Brett Lee.

    Now compare the bowlers Virat faced with the ones mentioned above.

    Also the pitches around the world never produced scores of 300's so easily.

    Also keep in mind the changed ODI rules - 2 new balls. No square turners and all flat wickets.

    Sachin and Ganguly would have completed in less than 100 ODI's given the same circumstances.

    I don't say virat is not a good batsman. He is the best in this era.

    Can't compare two players of different generations.

    No one can score a 200 at the age of 37 or 38 in an ODI and that too against South Africa. Sachin is a legend in the making.

  • shan_abc on November 1, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    Kohli can score twice the hundreds that SRT did. But he will never even be half the humble man SRT was. Kohlis success is attributed to his technique by himself. I agree he has talent. But the reality is that he is playing in an era of sub-standard bowlers (except for South Africa) and flat pitches. Scoring centuries against Sri Lanka and Australia are a laugh these days. Sachin played against best bowlers of the past decade(s) to score his centuries. SRT can never be matched by Kohli, in my view.

  • sportofpain on November 1, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    It doesn't really matter. This obsession with 100's makes no sense. What matters as a batsman are three things 1. Total runs scored .2 Strike Rate 3. What that did to teams performance ie win/loss. If you score a lot of runs quickly, your team should be well placed to win. We like to talk about 100's but that is an irrelevant statistic - the value of 1 run from 99 to 100 is the same as the value of 1 run from 98 to 99

  • Former_SJCC on November 1, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    I just hope that Virat has a very strong support team in terms of family and friends and trainers etc. Indians are famous for raising a person high and dropping them as a hot potato when they dip in form, remember the same thing with vinod kambli when he came onto the scene. no doubt Virat possesses great talent, but keeping himself grounded and away from the hype of the indian media i think would be his greatest challenge. what people dont realize about Tendulkar is that apart from his talent, he had an excellent support system in his family who allowed him to just focus on what he was great at. In this day and age having a support system that that keeps you grounded is great. Virat has surived the first couple of seasons of international cricket and now the challenge comes for him to maintain his performance across seasons. I wish chaps like Virat, pujara, Rohit, jadeja have strong support systems that all them to focus and enjoy their cricket.

  • on November 1, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    We all love the outspoken Bedi. But, his analogy & interpretation of SMH's comments are completely off. 1. SRT & Kohli played on the same side, unlike David & Goliath 2. Goliath was supposedly oversized, clumsy, some historians say even partially blind. 3. SMH's projection is only of Kohli's ODI performance. I think it is safely possible to project after 118 ODIs 4. SMH's predictions of SRT mostly came true

  • BustIPL on November 1, 2013, 20:10 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.

  • chimanrao_jog on November 1, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Gavaskar was only stating his opinion on if Virat will surpass SRT in ODI hundreds. The current stats strongly are in favor of Virat. In my humble opinion - why Indian team has performed better in recent years compared to past is - we now have better 'cricketers' in our team rather than just better batsemen or bowlers. Cricket is a team sport and team with better 'cricketers' will always stand better chance of winning rather than team with individual performers. This is the reason why Pointing's Australia dominated while other teams struggled. In that respect SRT will struggle to get into World's first five or even top 10 'top cricketers' list. Ganguly, Kapil Dev were better cricketers than SRT (both produced performances while carrying additonal responsibilties of captaincy. I do not like Pointing's attitude or behaviour on the field but with the same logic we have to admit that he was a better cricketer than SRT. Kallis will easily surpass SRT as a better cricketer.

  • Kichaa on November 1, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Come on, guys... He's just two tests away! We'll not see anymore of him after that... Only then u'll know his value... Yes, Kohli is currently the best ODI player, along with Amla, around... Yes, he might break Sachin's record for most ODI centuries and runs... But there simply is no real comparison between them... Come on, consider the Indian team now... Is Kohli the only performer in the team? What about Dhoni, Raina, Yuvraj, Shikhar Dawan, Sehwag, Gambhir, etc..? Yes, Sachin should have retired as soon as India won the world cup a coupla years back, but can u mention at least 3 or even 2 players who were as capable as the above-mentioned guys? I'm 31 yrs old now n i've been following cricket from a very young age... There were numerous matches when we'd switch off the television set once Sachin gets out... Can u ever say that about Kohli? Sachin didn't win as many matches as he could have, yeah, but y is cricket a team game then? What support did he have like the current team does?

  • on November 1, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    guys scoring centuries in india is nt a challenge.lets see how he perfoms in abroad and no one can beat our master record

  • alarky on November 1, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Chetan Asher, It's the first time that I've felt defeated on Cricinfo. You are so right - Goliath was only big and VOLUMINOUS without any SUBSTANCE - no strength! Your's is the perfect analogy for Sachin - a lot of 100s - very little WINS - and taking ETERNITY to make them.

  • CricketChat on November 1, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Yes, Virat can potentially overtake SRT provided he plays for another 10 yrs or so. Also, history vindicates success rate goes down after about 10 yrs at top level. The hunger may go down a bit as well as every opposing team knowing your game inside out, so they plan much better. So, the key to creating a new record is longevity. Let's remember, SRT has so many hundreds because he played for a very long time with rules and conditions progressively favoring the batsmen. Someone will eventually break his ODI record. Not sure about test record though as fewer and fewer tests are likely to be played going forward and top batsmen might retire from tests prematurely to prolong and make more money from shorter formats.

  • Nandu_Athadu on November 1, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    Chill guys..Gavaskar said Sachin's record of most number of ODI centuries is POSSIBLE to break by Kohli...he said it is POSSIBLE but didnt say that Kohli will for sure break the record...Everything is possible to predict..but in reality only time will answer it..Records are meant to be broken...considering the quality of bowlers and batsman favoured pitches these days, new ODI rules favouring the batsman it is possible most of the ODI records can be broken..

  • shan4065 on November 1, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Comparison between Sachin and Kohli at the most can now be made only in case of ODIs not in case of Tests because Sachin at the age of 24 (which Kohli is now) had scored 14 Test centuries out of which 10 are made overseas. So its bit premature to make any comparison between them now.

  • CRIC_FAN94 on November 1, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    @ Naresh podi Cricket is team game mate.Match winning performance??? have you forgot sachin's two centuries in 2011 WC where he was playing well with high strike rates but he lacked support from other batters and bowlers to win a match.what can he do after hitting a century. And 175 vs aus in 2009 almost won the game,just got out with 18 runs of 18 balls left and then entered the jaddu losing the match single handedly,these are just few examples of what sachin faced in his career. unlike sachin, dravid and laxman always had support of other players in winning matches. Every one talks about laxmans 281 vs aus in 2001 but what would have happened if there was no harbhajan who took more than 12 odd wickets ,it would have simply ended in a draw or even india would have lost the match. It is a simple fact ,u cant win a match unless u have support from other batters and bowlers

  • NareshPodi on November 1, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    Kohli has scored 17 hundreds in 112 innings with an overall average of 52.32. Sourav Ganguly needed 170 innings to make 17 hundreds and Tendulkar 189.

    Sachin took around 80-odd ODIs to get his first hundred.

    People need to accept the young kid's talent. Sachin never impressed me anytime, when I compare with Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman. Manytimes, I used to spent sleepless nights when we lost while chasing a small targets.

    I can say only one thing, Kohli NEVER played for the records. But he has lot of enthusiasm and passion about cricket in his blood. Even Sachin has.

    If rules and pitches are the main reasons, then everyone are playing on the same pitch with same bowlers, then why only Kohli performing consistently and others are not. This is baseless blame on pitch and rules.

    Sachin also played along with Kohli for few years, then where was the match winning performance.

  • on November 1, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    Its unfair comparing Kohli and SRT given that the conditions then and now are very different because 1.we have the extra player coming into the circle 2.clearly the T20 made the batsmen opt for risk taking shots.

    Tendulkar then had the pressure of scoring from the very front and most of the times lacked support while kohli has the support and the present team consists of more match winners.

    Kohli is this era's best suited batsmen while SRT is the previous era's Best.

  • on November 1, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    @Bishen Jeswant: Your comment is valid. But the point I wish to make is even at a significantly lower average of 47, Cook has produced numbers comparable to Sachin in less than eight years, while Sachin took more than 12 years to get there. This is a pointer to the high no. of Tests that England plays, and also the fact that an opener gets more opportunities to score than a No. 4 batsman. So, even in case of a slight drop in form, Cook can emulate Tendulkar in the next 10, if not eight years. England have 10 Ashes tests every four years, plus he has been usually injury-free and sweats very little. So, he is in a very favorable position to get there.

  • Fan1969 on November 1, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    @Ashashash. The discussion is whether Kohli is a good batsman and will break a few of Sachin's ODIs records not about advertisements and the girls he does ads with.

    BTW it was this defensive mindset of trying to be "good boys" that led to India losing more than they won (top 8 TEST teams only considered) even during Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Srinath heydays in ODIs.

    So please do not judge cricketers based on non-cricketing activities and let us stick to discussing cricket capabilities. To TOP it it is your perception of personalities and hence making loose comments rather than actual facts of parties spoiling preparation of players just before matches.

    Winning is important, not being "good boys" as YOU perceive.

    BTW Gavaskar does not need to prove his cricket credentials to BCCI or anyone else.

    In my view Gavaskar and Dravid were better TEST batsmen than Sachin. Even Sehwag and Laxman have WON more TEST matches single handedly than Sachin.

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    @alarky - get real man, Remember - David did beat Goliath. Bedi is therefore right when he says Kohli is David to SRT's Goliath. Goliath only looked big & unbeatable, David did beat him.

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    This Gavaskar with all due respect I want to point out please stop talking about centuries/records.

    Virat please don't listen to Gavaskar just play for the country.

    Start talking about wins especially India winning overseas.

  • rohan8579 on November 1, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Sachin is new Bradman now since he is retiring....all sort of people will be compared with him in future....whoever will hit 2-3-4 hundreds in a calendar year or so...will be compared with Sachin...by no means taking the credit from Virat or any player from future generation who will be compared to Sachin...its an compliment for them anyway...

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    @Nilesh Sinha - You have a valid point about Cook's stats, but they are not superior to Sachin's stats at the same stage of their careers.

    At age 28, Sachin had played 93 matches and 149 innings, 24 innings fewer than Cook. Despite that, Sachin still had more hundreds than Cook - 29 as opposed to Cook's 25.

    Also, Sachin had more runs at that point of his career than Cook; and further, Sachin's runs till age 28 came at an average of 58, as opposed to Cook's 47. Cook's average may have suffered a little bit by virtue of him being an opener, but difference is significant regardless.

  • Sir_Ivor on November 1, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    There is a certain fearlessness about the current Indian batting which has never been true in the past.India has had some of the greatest batsmen in Merchant,Mushtaq, Nayadu, Amarnath, Vijay Manjrekar,Vinoo Mankad Gavaskar Pataudi,Vishwanath and many more in a long list. But for some reason they were never able to take India to the heights that they could have really.I think economic well being plays a big part in bringing about confidence and self belief in the players.That could be what is different now.The other could be that having been colonised for long no matter how good they were they may not have had the steam required to cock a snook at the opposing team's players players even if they were better than them in cricket.The Kohlis and the Dhonis of today believe in their sense of entitlement,be it the 5 star rooms that they stay in or the sheer life they live in with the perks of endorsements. Sachin may have had it all but still was not like Kohli.That is for a social reason.

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    I predicted long long time back that he would go onto break Sachin's record. I told my friends about it but nobody believed me. Now Gavaskar thinks the same.

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    I can only say this for Virat kohli that he is a modern marvel in modern cricket without comparing him with any one in the world bcoz he is of his OWN KIND

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Let Kohli score centuries in WACA or Newlands against quality opposition, then Gavaskar will be justified. Right now, Gavaskar is seeking cheap publicity to maintain good equations with BCCI. And cricinfo, do publish comments which are not supportive of characters like Gavaskar.

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    Let Kohli learn to be humble and down to earth first. Let him not appear in cheap advertisements with questionable girls by his side. Gavaskar has the habit of supporting people with bad attitude and temperament. He blindly supported Harbhajan who is clearly arrogant and a spoilt brat. Gavaskar is merely seeking cheap publicity to be on the right side of BCCI and ensure his survival.

    Comparing Virat Kohli to Tendulkar is an insult to Tendulkar. Sachin has never attended night parties, is always humble and simple. Kohli must strive to be like Sachin, Dravid, and Srinath in temperament, and not be misled by the likes of cheap publicity seekers like Gavaskar.

  • Retour on November 1, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Records are meant to be broken. But let the guys enjoy the game. There is no point in putting pressure on them. Many times, I have seen people (Ponting, Sehwag, etc.) who are compared to Sachin getting jinxed.

  • Achettup on November 1, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    The number of test matches that England plays nowadays, there's a good chance that Alastair Cook (currently 97 matches and 25 centuries since Mar 2006) could overtake both the number of tests Tendulkar has played and, going by the fact that England plays so much against Australia,the number of centuries as well. But how many people do you know who would rather watch replays of Cook's innings rather than Sachin's? Perhaps its the same for Kohlis innings in this era of ridiculous ODI rules and when Sachin was battling the likes of McGrath, Ambrose, Donald, Akram, Younis, Pollock, Warne, Saqlain etc... Great players tower over statistics

  • alarky on November 1, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    Mr Bedi, do you know that Tendulkar is NOT RANKED among ICC's TOP 30 BEST BATSMEN of All Time - neither is he ranked among ICC's top 10 ODI batsmen? (See Wikipedia ICC rankings). Gavascar's wisdom is golden! "Sachin is not in Kholi's class" PERIOD! All this time in Sachin's career (meaning his first 5 yrs), Tendulkar had scored not a SINGLE 100, and averaging in the 20s. Yet, you all were labeling him God! Now that you're really seeing what God-like performances are: like Kholi scoring 17 (100s) in his first 5 years, you Mr Bedi and Co. are still calling him David and Tendulkar Goliath! Ridiculous! Where else in the world does one see such conspicuous and disproportionate biasness - such loyalty for a proven 'just-above-average-performer'? With this bizarre mentality exhibited by people like Mr Bedi, young ambitious cricketers in India may as well throw in the towel, because Tendulkar cannot be surpassed - even though Kholi has already proven that he's about 300% better than Sachin!

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    @yoohoo Kallis has had a poor year, but that is partly due to the fact that he had to face the Pak attack for 4 test matches. But, now he has an opportunity to make amends by scoring against the Indian attack, which he loves anyways. He scored nearly 500 runs in the series against India last time, even though Sreesanth was on fire in the second test. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/45789.html?class=1;filter=advanced;opposition=6;spanmin1=14+Dec+2010;spanval1=span;template=results;type=allround;view=innings

    As far as your argument about Cook goes, check the stats of all 28-year old batsmen around the world and let me know if any1 has that kind of record. Sachin didn't have that kind of record at 28, even though he started a lot earlier than Cook. And mind you, England plays more Tests than India and Cook is an opener.

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    A dashing cricket player full of Professionalism, Style, Modesty, Cricket Intelligence, Stamina & Fitness...

    Likes & Best Wishes for Virat from Pakistan!!!...

  • on November 1, 2013, 15:04 GMT

    virat kohli is much better player than tendulkar in odi's . his record while chasing is amazing.

  • Chris.Maverick.McFly on November 1, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    The day when Kohli scores a century in WACA, Perth against the likes of real quality Aussie bowlers in a Test Match without any flaw, is the day I will even start to compare Kohli with Sachin.

    Stop comparing the records alone and start to look into the details in which manner these centuries is been scored.

    Having the pressure at the back of ur mind, batting would not be that easy. He has done it for years together.

    It's only when Indian team had match winning players like Yuvi, MSD etc .. his pressure was eased. Untill that point, he shouldered the batting woes of pathetic Inidan team on himself.

    If not respect, please don't criticize. Also, please don't curb the budding talent.

    Just feel happy we have one good talent in the team and don't brag about it all the time, he scores century. Let him be what he is. Keep it simple !!!

    And Cricinfo moderator, for heaven sake please post this. My humble request.

  • on November 1, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Kohli clearly to me is a modern day great in the making. His clean ball striking ability and time to play the ball stand out amongst most modern day players. My only concern with Kohli continues to be his temperament. He has the tendency to go off like a misguided missile sometimes, though thankfully he hasn't done it of late. He is hot blooded but seems to have found a way to channelize that aggression, which is truly wonderful for Indian cricket.

    Its important he doesn't allow the success to go his head but rather use it as a stepping stone for far bigger things. His role will be to lead Indian batting bastion over the next few years and he needs to understand that. Its a tight-walk for him too, while realizing it he must not also loose the free flowing stroke making ability he has, as that will take away a huge edge from his game.

    I have never seen someone with his ability since the time of Vivian Richards. How much he is able to cash in depends on him keeping his head.

  • on November 1, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Let see if he will make or not... That's only a prediction guys.

  • GRVJPR on November 1, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    @V.GOMES Why others couldn't play as many games as sachin? There must be some reason - Fitness? Form?

  • Dr.Vindaloo on November 1, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    There is one massive difference between the two which means that the younger man will never emulate the master: Kohli thinks he is God's gift to cricket. He is very talented but he has a bad attitude and a suspect temperament which will stop him scaling the heights that Sachin has. Test centuries outside India should be the benchmark by which Indian batsmen are judged, and I doubt that Kohli will notch even 10 of these.

  • on November 1, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    he might not be able to get the amount of runs and play the amount of games as Sachin, but he will def break 49 ODI tons. And prob 51 test tons as well. Dont see why not, he has potentially 10 more years to play.

  • on November 1, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Anybody can surpass if they play properly, but 33 centuries is too far away to tell particularly kohli can surpass, very insensible coment by old fellow - form, fitness, attitude also matters over the period, definetly kohli is a quality player who has his own capabilities. Just the recent form can not reflect Mr " expert"

  • asiacricket1234 on November 1, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    The kind of pitches Indian team plays on in their country if they keep playing 20 ODI's on such pitch every year than Kohli will end up scoring 100 of 100 in ODI. Dont get me wrong Kohli is a good player but not even half good as good as Sachin. The kind of pitch we saw in Aus-India series you have to be a rubbish batsman to miss out a 50 on that pitch and a batsman like Kohli will make the most of it.

  • GRVJPR on November 1, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    @A-Gunnie Virat has the habit of proving people wron. He will prove to be India's best captain, if given a chance.

  • abhilamus on November 1, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Other day while commenting in the prematch match show, Mr.Kapil dev had inetelligently/practically said that it is very premature to compare the likes of Virat Kohli's accomplishments with Sachin's records. And we need to wait and watch another 5 years from now to compare with Mr.Sachin. This comment comes from a great captain/cricker himself. Now, that the ODI fielding rules are also changed, I do agree with Mr.Dev. We got to see how he performs and chases outside Indian conditions as well. I do remember his chase against Sri Lanka, in Australia, more than 300 runs. All I want from him is to prove that, that particular knock was not a fluke. All the best to Virat, from an Indian cricket team fan, who just wish, India win most of the matches, no matter which particular individual performs. So, kudos to new Indian selection panel also, for selecting players only on merit and fitness, rather going by past glories, the same which Mr.Dhoni was advocating ealier. Posted by an Indian Fan

  • GRVJPR on November 1, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Don't know why people are jealous of Virat Kohli. He is smashing centuries after centuries and that too in winning cause (a significant difference from tendulkar's 100's). I gues people thought that he will disappear after 10-12 ODI matches. Well ! he has proved everybody wrong and now we are seeing overreaction from people in trying to defend themselves. Virat Kohli is a Champion. And he is also not hungry of cheap appreciation. He won't care about criticism either. He does his job very very professionally. As far as modesty is concerned, he is modest too as he doesn't go overboard about the number of ton's he has got.

  • Aravind_Verified on November 1, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    He will score 20,000 runs and 75 hundreds in ODIs..no doubt about that!!

  • A-Gunnie on November 1, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Agree ChicagoTailEnder. By no means Kohli will be a Tendulkar however you gotto give to the guy...he's making a name for himself and if he surpasses the 49 centuries then so be it.He is talented and probably one of the best ODI batsman at the moment as the generation keeps rolling.I am glad he is not the captain because that will hamper his concentration as we've come to see from the past.Not all good batsmen are captain material to support that theory( see Lara and Tendulkar records).

  • ravi_hari on November 1, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    Looking at the present form and pure stastical projections will place Kohli at scoring the remaining 33 tons in less than 5 years. However, we have to see how many matches India play at home in these. Secondly, will Kohli continue the same form in all formats for him to be in the positive frame always to score at that pace. If he fails in say, tests, that will affect his confidence and many slow down his pace. Yet he is the most capable to surpass Sachin's record. Also the way India is sacrificing Tests for ODIs they may end up playing about 25 ODIs in a year. That will give enough scope for Kohli to score tons aplenty. One thing that separates Kohli from Sachin is his attitude. Sachin was cool and his attitude was exhibited only in his ruthless strokes. Kohli shows it all over. That could be the generation gap. However, Kohli might loose it if he continues to stress himself with those behaviours. He should learn to celebrate in a matured fashion to endure his ability to score more.

  • yoohoo on November 1, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    @Nilesh Sinha - Already Kallis is starting to look like he is on a downhill. At 37 yrs, 7-8 more centuries will not be easy. Regarding Cook, Everybody looks like that at 28, but to keep that tempo going for another 10yrs like Sachin is not easy.

  • V.GOMES on November 1, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Since 2007 Indian scores in India has doubled and boundary lines have shrunk. It is so obvious that Indians are so obsessed with records. Here is a record that is never mentioned "Sachin has played more international games than ANY cricketer in history. Any how, now one really believes Cricket and WWF,.. all staged since 2007.

  • on November 1, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    It is highly unlikely that he will carry this form throughout his career. Soon he will be tested by bowlers. At this time ball is coming on his bat nicely he walking in at 150/1. This will change. Bowlers will find out. If i remember only time i saw him challanged was against Junaid Khan and he was out every time. His ability to bounce back is to seen And apart from Dale Styen there is no bowler who is even 10 % of bowlers played by Sachin. Even Dale styen is on lower level that walsh, ambrose, wasim , Waqr, Mcgrath, Pollock,

  • on November 1, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    With due respect to everyone here who are commenting that Jacques Kallis might overtake Sachin in terms of most Test Centuries in a Career, it might be possible, but nobody is taking into consideration that J. Kallis has already crossed 38 years. May be another couple of years, he might want to play, and the board might give him that privilege, but who knows how his form might pan out in his future tests. Hope Sachin Scores another 2 to 4 Centuries in the upcoming India - WI Test Series, so that the bar becomes a bit higher to cross.

  • on November 1, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    contd...... the quality of today's bat is something which surprises every one as top edges are clearing 80-85 mtrs boundary. Maximum cricketing field around the world today are batting friendly.. and there are many other factors around which makes batting only easier... So don't only compare the record compare the situation also... and those who are saying Sachin overrated then bro's just chill becoz u agree or not this man (sachin) is the reason you and I started understanding, following, and playing cricket......

  • ramli on November 1, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    VK is the new Sachin ... agreed ... provided that he handles pressure better when he becomes the captain after MSD ... and has to put up with a buch of young players interested only in IPL and nothing else!!!

  • jimbond on November 1, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    In ODIs it is possible, if he can retain this form for another seven years- but you never know- form deserts when least expected. In tests, its difficult, not many tests are any way being played by India nowadays. However I would reserve my judgement till he actually gives in some great performances outside India.

  • on November 1, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    for everyone who are comparing SRT and Kohli.........please also compare the situation in which these records are getting made.........

    for the whole 90's era to beginning of 2000's Sachin Tendulkar was considered 50 percent of the team and the opposition only planned to contain sachin tendulkar and if he got out then there was only sourav ganguly which use to bother the opposition. Sachin would have the same feeling throughout maximum of 90's decade which Dhoni had after that 2nd Odi in which he made 139* batting alone and getting the team out of trouble then also find himself in the losing position..... The new rules are only making batsmen job easier specially 2 new ball rule as we know how Wasim akram, waqar younus, Mcgrath, Donald , Murlidharan, shane warne etc use to swing and spin the old ball making tougher to score against them... Now even batsman getting to 250+ runs in an Odi looks possible if they manage to play more than 30ovrs..... contd...

  • on November 1, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    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.. 200 test matches very much possible for Graeme Smith/Alister Cook and 51 Test hundred possible for Jack Kallis/Cook provided that they stay long enough like SRT. One thing is that it is not possible for a single person anymore.

  • 2012bashers on November 1, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    I double that Mr Gavaskar. Whenever there is someone threatening to break a record people go to past as if they can rightly emulate the condition/players of two different eras. Same thing happened with Tendulkar when fans were comparing him with Sir Bradman. I can see a drop in stats of bowlers from Bradman's and Tendulkar's period. So is the same case with Sachin's and Virat's period. Even Wasim/Waqar/Walsh/Amrose, etc etc etc would had suffered in the same way as Dale/Malinga/Mckay/ Philander. With the new rules of two new balls/ fielding restrictions and several other plug ins which affect the bowlers. This Era is made for Batsmen. And Kohli is definitely bossing around others. In any day a player must be special to top the charts no matter what the conditions are. Kohli is definitely in the making for a legend stats wise if he continues this way for 3-4 years. But to emulate Sachin with his modesty Kohli is long way to go.

  • on November 1, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    Virat is 25 years old. He debuted on 18 August 2008 (5 years ago). He has played 118 games and scored 17 hundreds. He plays about 24 games a year and scores 4 hundred a year. With its reducing popularity, he will play fewer ODIs per year. Let me speculate and say that he will play 20 ODIs per year for the next 5 years and 15 ODIs per year for the years after that.

    At this rate he will play 323 games by the time he is 37 years old. If he continues to score hundreds at the current rate (about 1 hundred for every 7 games) he will have 46 hundred by age 37.

    Clearly Sachin's record is not in danger because (i) most batsmen don't last till the age of 37; (ii) scoring hundreds at this rate is near impossible (Sachin scored a hundred every 10 games); (iii) even if he does (i) and (ii) we will have to account for inevitable injuries which will take away some time.

    PS: At age 25, Sachin had 21 tons from 211 games. Hats off to Virat who is not far behind despite Sachin's 4 year head start!

  • on November 1, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    WHy is Mr.Gavaskar is obsessed with centuries and records ? MR.Kohli is winning matches for India..Can he please talk about that ??

  • on November 1, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    hi guys, east or west sir sachin 10dulkar is the best of t best, nobody can even imagine to replace him, u can only compare to him,like rest of t world does,he is god of cricket,

  • on November 1, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Actually another feeble analysis from Mr. Gavaskar "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." Is it meant to be a joke or something. Haven't you looked at Kallis' record. He already has 44 Test Hundreds. The Indian bowlers will be in SA soon to dish their Christmas gifts to him. If he can stay in form for a couple of seasons, he can possibly get past Sachin' mark. Another prime contender to get past Sachin's Test records (matches, runs, hundreds) is Alastair Cook. Already has 97 Tests, 7800+ runs, 25 centuries. All that in less than 8 years of cricket. And, he is yet to turn 29. Ten more years of Cook with so many Ashes Tests already lined up, and who knows!!

  • anupkeni on November 1, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar's record of 51 test centuries can possibly be broken by England captain Alistair Cook and his record of 49 ODI centuries can possibly be broken by his compatriot Virat Kohli. But his overall record of 100 international centuries is unlikely to be broken in the immediate future and will probably stand for a long time.

  • MaruthuDelft on November 1, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    Virat won't do it because he is not so greedy for hundreds; Tendulkar was. We all know how Tendulkar crawled after scoring fifties to hundreds. His thinking was 'I have given India 50 in 40 balls so for the next 70 I would play for me.'. This actually denied chances to other quick scorers who came down the order and cost India a few games.

  • on November 1, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    Big fan of Indian team just because of MSD.... he's a great Leader, a born leader.... he is bestowed with few exceptional players like Virat Kohli, R.Jadeja, Ashwin n Shekar Dhawan...... I think Virat kohli is having a prolonged "Purple Patch" & there bound to come a Decline. But if it doesn't, Virat Kohli will be remembered as all time great player... at least for shorter version of the game...

  • pull_shot on November 1, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    I know what gavaskar is trying as legend is getting retire many Indian fans lose interest so he is trying to make virat as new indian poster boy for crazy of cricket to continue but have to say if these r test hundreds i would have aspect him as new tendulkar but it takes lot of determination to go strong especially in indian cricket because there r so many deviations from d game which every body can understand

  • gsingh7 on November 1, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    sachin is overrated by his ardent fans. kohli is scoring at franatic pace and one day will shatter most records of sachin atleast in odis. it is great honour that as indians we enjoy some of the best batsmen game has ever seen. sachin is still top of odi and test records. but kohli can do one better and shatter his records accumulated by playing for 24 years in far lesser years.even nowadays sachin is blocking younger talent to get established in senior team. the sooner he leaves team india , the better it is. he have nothing to prove now.kohli is the new sachin and dhoni is new kapil.ishant sharma is new kuruvilla(or mohanty)

  • dhola8191 on November 1, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    With due respect to the little master I want to state that a 'Sachin' and a 'Brian Lara" can never born again. Because they were not made, they were born. We can praise superb batsmen like Virat, but cannot compare ordinary with extra ordinary. And extra ordinary is not measured by record only!

  • itsthewayuplay on November 1, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Gavaskar is correct that records are there to be broken and based on current form Kohli may well go past Tendulkar's 49 ODI centuries. However, records also have to be meaningful - with the 2 new white balls and the new fielder restrictions it will surprising if anyone doesn't surpass his record. A more balanced contest between ball and ball will mean better games for spectators and players and breaking records will feel like an achievement.

  • Ghazanfarr on November 1, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Hi, Sachin is a great player who has been faced much dangerous bowlers in his career like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younas, Shoaib Akhtar, Murili Dharan, Mc grath, shane warn, Ambrose etc. we should not compare Great Sachin with any other player. Sachin is Sachin, no one replace with Sachin. Its no doubt Kohli is also played well, but we should also remember when sachin has put batting bardan on his shoulders. Great Sachin can play more 5-6 years but we don't know why Great Sachin has decide to retire. As a Pakistani, i m feeling sad on Great Sachin Retirement. Finally, once again Sachin is Sachin. no one can replace Sachin.

  • on November 1, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    Virat is doing very well in ODI format. He has to improve his personal quialities like controlling his anger, treat others equally and so on. Tendulkar is great because he is modest, honest and above all a great human being. Virat may overtake him in ODI centuries but he's to prove it in Tests. And of course with age and maturity he can improve a lot. Let's see. Tendulkar himself use to say his records should be broken by an Indian player.

  • team_india_no1 on November 1, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    I don't know whether Virat can last as long as Tendulkar did and also continue his purple patch for ever. But i don't see any arrogance or disrespect towards the opposition from him. He is just naturally aggressive person. In fact i feel he has shaped his batting and attitude more and more in a positive manner from his under-19 days to now. I feel he is one and the only indian cricketer among the youngsters who has shown a great maturity in his batting technique and temperament. Rohit was the most technically sound person and a naturally gifted player among all youngsters but he has been very slow in learning from his mistakes.

  • ChicagoTailEnder on November 1, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    Folks, Gavaskar is not comparing Kohli against the legend SRT, he just says Kohli can beat that record.

  • bsksara on November 1, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    Yes Virat is a super batsmen, but sachin was the only man in 90's that gave confidence to Indians that Indians can be at the top in cricket, like Saina Nehwal now in Badminton. i am sure Virat will be happy with him being compared with Sachin but he would be the first to acknowledge that what Sachin achieved for India is un-surpasable

  • vsroc on November 1, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on (November 1,2013) Let us hope for the best to happen.

  • shrastogi on November 1, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    I dont doubt Sunil Gavavskar's cricket intelligence. In fact he was one of the firsts to have predicted 100 hundreds for Tendulkar. Virat Kohli would go places provided he keeps his focus and a firm head on his shoulders. Saurav Ganguly the fastest to 17 hundreds till Virat could score only 21 or 22 hundreds in his career. What makes Virat special is that he is not an opener who normally has maximum opportunity in ODI. One must also say that fascination with 100s is not bad provided 90 - 95% of the time it results in win. There is a tendency to make Tendulkar superhuman. He isnt one. For all his many shortcomings his modesty stands out. Virat would do well to emulate that. Its very unfair to say that bowlers of Tendulkar prime were of higher standards as even he struggled against Bangladesh for 100th 100. We must give credit where its due and Virat deserves all accolades.

  • Riz000 on November 1, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Sachin faced bowlers like wasim waqar mcgrath shoiab Ambrose ext ext.. so u cnt compare kohli to sachin What people are forgetting is every good batsman goes through rough/bad time Im sure there will be a day when people would like kohli dropped mark my words

  • on November 1, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    @StatisticsRocks:' Further 90% of Kohli's centures have come in India' Come on man .. atleast go through the records before making such comments... he is a better player in away matches... 10 hundreds (7 away and 3 neutral) came away from home.. So better check the records before making comments..

  • jokerbala on November 1, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    people like Gavaskar atleast now after Tendulkar's retirement ,should stop talking about number of centuries a person scores. It should be about how you contribute towards the teams victory.This is where people like Raina,Rohit should not feel left out and critizised for not scoring big centuries, as long as they are trying to help India win.

  • on November 1, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Virat might pass tendulkars 100 but he need learn manners and give respct to opposition

  • on November 1, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    please do not forget the fact that Sachin was an opener whereas, Kohli bats at 3-4.

  • Lets_Bash_Indians on November 1, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    to those,, who r saying He is Match Winner Unlike Tendulkar,,, hmmm But tendulkar was alone beating the world class bowlers,, Virat Got Assistance from the likes of Dhawan, Rohit, dhoni & many more.

  • on November 1, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Gavaskar is the best batsmen ever we had in India...it was him who announced the birth of a future master blaster when Sachin was only playing first class cricket at the age of 14. No one had ever thought that time someone can even come 50% close to what Gavaskar had done for Indian cricket but we all know what we have seen since then. Gavaskar was right then and right now...Virat is the new big thing who can carry on Sachin's legacy to the next level...still far to go but he is already on the way focusing on the goal.

  • Rodc on November 1, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    records are meant to be broken but look at sachin his modesty respect for fellow cricketers and for the crowds this virat can never have. And as they GODs are not born every decade they are born once in a yug(era) .

  • StatisticsRocks on November 1, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Records will be broken no doubting that. Kohli has been g r8 find for India but he still needs to mature. he does not have a cool head on his shoulders. Definitely the new ODi rules are in favor of the batsmen, so it's not the same as scoring centuries with the old rules. Further 90% of Kohli's centures have come in India. Unless he can do the same outside of India, more importantly in test matches, I wouldn't try to rate im among the other gr8's in world cricket.

  • on November 1, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    No Sir Gavaska, Kohli is miles behind Sachin. Sachin has batted through the periods when scoring runs was a hard task. But with all these new regulations there will be certainly more Kohlis in the near future. And as far as comparison with Sachin is concerned, he might have runs to prove that but everyone knows his attitude will never let him go past legacy of Sachin.......

  • on November 1, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    its not a comparison that may come true or not. the question is tendulkar's entry to international cricket was at a very early age. based on this virat has lost atleat 4 years and to make up that loss he needs to keep the pace at which he is scoring centuries. secondly the number of 50 over matches that tendulkar played is huge ,but,now with the introduction of t20 the longer version has come down drastically. having said this, kohli isl a dashing player and he has the ability to score hectically that may give him an edge over the legend.

  • Vishal63 on November 1, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    7th ODI: As this series has been all about batting and hardly anything about bowling, I strongly suggest that India try something different for the series decider.

    The following squad should be tried:

    1. Rohit Sharma, 2. Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Virat Kohli, 4. Ambati Rayudu, 5. Yuvraj Singh, 6. MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7. Suresh Raina, 8. Ravindra Jadeja, 9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10. Ishant Sharma, 11. R Vinay Kumar

    I start by analysing my choices for the bowling department. Anyway, the bowlers are failing and so it would make sense to have a part-timer fail than have a regular bowler fail as the extra batsman can make up for the runs given away. I was strongly against the selection of Ishant Sharma but I do feel that he should be given another chance as it may be the last ODI series that he is a part of.

    For the batsmen, the inclusion of Ambati Rayudu brings more depth into the line-up and if he perform he can make up for the extra runs given.

  • on November 1, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    It is not important how many hundreds Kohli scores. What is important is how many matches he wins for India. So far as Sachin's test 51 test tons record is concerned, with Jaques Kallis already scoring about 45 hundreds , the 'sheen'/'gloss' is already gone, for the later also has about 300 wickets to show!!! Even if Jaques Kallis were to end up around 47-48 centuries, Sachin's test record would no longer seem daunting or huge.

  • on November 1, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    Virat will never go past Tendulkar. It might sound a big statement to make, and but this will prove to be true. I have not seen any Cricketer and may not ever see any cricketer as humble, passionate and grounded as Sachin Tendulkar is and was, in spite of the peak of success he had achieved. Look what Virat does on the field, in IPL to fellow Indian Cricketers, his Bat might be speaking, but his mouth speaks a lot as well. Virat is going through an excellent form, but how long will that last... Records are meant to be broken, and Sachin's Record will be broken in time as well, though I don't want that to happen, but I don't reckon Virat is the Guy, he won't last that long.

  • on November 1, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    virat is very talented but needs to keep his head on the shoulders the way sachin has for so many years.. the main reason for sachin s success is the modesty with which he carries himself

  • Nigah on November 1, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Surprisingly every body love to comments on Don Bredman how many pplz watch DBM batting? I guess hardly 2%. Guys those days no LBW rule was applied so Mr. Don was always love to pull the ball by covering all three stumps, Now I would like ask Mr. Gawasker what was happens with Mr. Kooohli when he was facing Junaid Khan even on his own tailor made pitches just 7 runs in three innings? while SRT plays against wasim, waqar, shoaib, donald, MGrath I don't think Kohli can survive more then two over against such kind of blowers. Sorry Gawasker

  • SyedArbabAhmed on November 1, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Virat is a match winner unlike Tendulkar

  • on November 1, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    He is a nice bat, agression, class, everything in him.

  • on November 1, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    In 1998 calender year, sachin made nearly 8 or 9 centuries only in 36 matches. so Kohli need consistent to surpass the centuries. based on the consistent only we can say whether he can. but my wish is kohli needs to broke bcz he is indian and talented.

  • Amit_13 on November 1, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Sachin is unparalleled in his conduct as an elite sportsman. I can only think of Roger Federer as a comparator. However, Virat Kohli is a sign of the times. People come in all shades, its not his fault that we like or dislike his expression of emotions on the field.

    The test for Kohli is not the number of centuries but the breadth and depth of his game. Something Tendulkar excelled in was his relentless pursuit of improvements. If that lesson has been passed down to Kohli... there are some exciting times ahead for us all. If the game is rebalanced in favour of the bowlers a little bit, or some greats emerge, then we will see how far the progression has come along.

  • Fan1969 on November 1, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    I agree with @NileshSinha that not even Sachin's TEST record is safe from Kallis, Cook and maybe Sangakkara as of now, if Sri Lanka play a lot of tests against Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Pakistan (Sanga's favourite opponent) who knows how many tons Sangakkara may hit.

    Who thought Gary Sobers will be bettered by Kallis or we will see batsmen like Sehwag, Gilchrist, Gayle matching Viv's power and Dravid, Tendulkar matching Gavaskar's patience.

    Frankly before Kohli i never thought Tendulkar's record of ODI runs and centuries could be broken. Now looks possible.

    Actually all records will get broken except a few - (in my humble opinion though who knows....)

    1. Bradman's test average, 2. Pontings record of 108 TEST victories, 3. Tendulkar's 100 centuries (hope he gets 1-2 more against WI) and 4. Murali's 800 wickets.

    No ODI record is safe except bowler economy rates !!

  • Sugath on November 1, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Mr. Gavaskar has got it all wrong. Human progress is not about scoring more centuries but being a better human. Sachin was never seen grimacing or frowning or looking really angry even in the most difficult circumstances, even when he gets a wrong umpiring decision going against him. In this short period, having watched Virat in this game, I cannot say the same thing about him. Sachin is truly humane and no two wards about that. Kholi has a long long way to go in that aspect. May be he will score more than 49 centuries, but will he ever match SACHIN TENDULKAR the humane human being par excellence?

  • srikanths on November 1, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Another key factor which could play a crucial part is how well Kohli adapts to swing and bounce of England, SA and OZ. He did well in OZ. Will he able to sustain is the question. That will hav a breaing on the rest of his career and confidence level

  • HDG1978 on November 1, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Alastair Cook can break SRT's Test records and Virat may beat his ODI records. Who is however going to beat his combined records. Cook will have to maintain his fitness levels for 9-10 years to be able to beat Tendulkar's records. While Sachin played against all great bowlers of his era like Wasim, Waqar, Imran, Qadir,Saqlain, Shoaib, McDermott, Hughes, Reid, McGrath, Warne, Gillespie, Walsh, Ambrose, Marshall, Bishop, Pollock,Donald,Steyn, DeVilliers, Morkel Murali, Vaas, Malinga, Hadlee,Vettori, Cairns, Morrison, Botham, Anderson, Swann, Caddick, Broad, Flintoff, Harmison, Hoggard etc, Cook has been lucky to face relatively weak bowling attacks of the current era that have contributed to at least some of his 100s. No disrespect to his performance, talent and perseverance. But Tendulkar will become the 1st to play 200 Tests and remain the first to score 200 in an ODI. Records that will belong to him and cannot be broken by hook or Cook.

  • srikanths on November 1, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Kohli is an extraordinary talent, no doubts and very likey he will get past SRT's record.As someone pointed out , SRT's record in Tests could bhe broken ny Kallis or Cook. England and SA play a lot more tests. Cook started in 2006 and in a matter of 8 years ,has played close to 100 test at the current strike rate could well play close to 250 test of he keeps playing for another 10 years.But generally I have seen that at some stage fatigue sets in , injuries or lack of form or sudden catching up of age anytime after 35 impacting reflexes( has happened to SRT last 2 years). Extrapolation in a linear manner somehow never works. When someone scores like Amla or Kohli in ODI s is doing nothing seems big but when they get in to run as SRT has got in recently, everything seems big. 49 Centuries or 51 does not look far but it can become far. We just have to hope that Kohli retains his hunger, his form and remains injury free. He is the best natural talent after SRT and after so many years.

  • nareshgb1 on November 1, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Virat is doing great - he will reach the "Sachin level" when he is comapred to every other batsman that starts doing well.

    As for JH Kallis - breaking the 51 centuries record - he has been averaging like 20 in the last year or so (20 runs per innings that is). He will be gone in a year's time - with max another 2 or 3 hundreds.

    Cook - he is going through a trough but will probably have another peak - and just might go past 51 - but then again, KP once bragged he had 14 hundred in 44 tests - he has probably scored only about 8 in hist next 44 or so.

    So good luck to all that have shown some sustained peaks - but sustaining it for 20+ years is a different thing altogether.

  • on November 1, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Even if he couldn't touch that, who cares, he is the best as of now to score under pressure, better than Sachin. That's important! Let him swim. And if really a discussion needs to be put-up, pick Raina's consistency and/or alternates.

  • Naresh28 on November 1, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    AS cricket fans all we want is for our TEAM to excel. We dont care if there are one or two superstars within. SRT and the other big four(I like to include Shewag) had formed the backbone and helped India to the TOP in tests. Their departure has left a huge hole in the team, but we are slowily filling those shoes in. Pujara is a Dravid, Kohli is a Tendulkar, Dhawan is a Shewag. Its definitely not worth it to compare these guys and their feats but the current TEAM is being put together quite well by the selectors. WELL DONE TO THEM!!!!

  • Abhishek.2626 on November 1, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Yes.. Kohli is having it easy in terms of the quality of bowling he is facing right now than what Sachin had faced. Also the ODI game has become more Batsman friendly than ever. Also with the advent of T20, scoring rate has increased. Sachin Avged 45 and Striked at almost 87 for so many years, and when there was no T20 around. That itself is phenomenal. And Again Sachin never had the luxury of a nice strong opening partership after which he could come n blast his way through. He had to built one.

    Anyways I do hope Kohli does become a great batsman. But we can never compare Kohli to Sachin. Please. The times have changed

  • bijendrasinha on November 1, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    few years ago same legend had said almost same thing about Tendulkar that He will score 50 centuries each in both type of cricket and also will accumulate around 20000 runs in either form of cricket..and Tendulkar came almost close to it. scoring 18000+ runs in ODI with 49 centuries and 15000+ runs in Tests with 51 centuries. so it seems to be good prediction which will happen certainly.. though not sure about Virat's Test stature it will surely be in ODI...

  • hayagriva on November 1, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    Guys!!! This is just opinion of Mr. Gavaskar. Its not a fact!!

    The fact will be revealed through time!!! Until then we must just sit back and enjoy this gentlemen's game.

  • Kirk_Levin on November 1, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    If you look at the stats of Kohli, you will notice he has scored most of his tons on slow and flat pitches. He has scored one century in Aussie and one in England. You can hail him, once he gets runs in pitches not tailed made for Indian batsman's. Viv, Lara, Ponting, Kallis, Hayden and even Dravid is way better than Kohli.

  • Fan1969 on November 1, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    What the great Gavaskar is saying is perfect. Virat is doing extremely well, is learning fast and producing match winning centuries. Just on numbers he may cross Sachin in ODIs around 2025 if he remains fit and play another 250-300 games. By then Virat will be 37 and maybe we will be writing about his retirement...!

    I think comparisons across different eras are tough since conditions, rules, bowlers, wickets and the team confidence are different. Ponting, Gilchrist, Hayden were confident batsmen because the team was great.

    Sachin was part of a team (till 2007) that lost more than it won while Virat is with Dhoni, Raina, Yuvi, Dhawan, who have won more often. It allows the batsman more freedom while batting that can again not be compared. Batting is all about confidence.

    I am looking forward to watching Virat bat again tomorrow. Let us not compare and just enjoy his form, for you never know when form deserts a batsman. It has happened to all and will happen to Virat as well.

  • on November 1, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Actually another feeble analysis from Mr. Gavaskar "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." Is it meant to be a joke or something. Haven't you looked at Kallis' record. He already has 44 Test Hundreds. The Indian bowlers will be in SA soon to dish their Christmas gifts to him. If he can stay in form for a couple of seasons, he can possibly get past Sachin' mark. Another prime contender to get past Sachin's Test records (matches, runs, hundreds) is Alastair Cook. Already has 97 Tests, 7800+ runs, 25 centuries. All that in less than 8 years of cricket. And, he is yet to turn 29. Ten more years of Cook with so many Ashes Tests already lined up, and who knows!!

  • imdm on November 1, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    I am a great fan of Sachin, Kohli and Mr Gavasker, In short a great fan of Indian cricket. But i believe this remark is a bit premature. When Sachin hit those 9 century in one year in 1998, @25 everybody thought he might reach 75 tons by the end of his carrier, But he ended up 49 not even 50 :(.

    so let the river flow.. even if it will not reach the sea, still it will definitely slake the thirst of mankind.

  • K_Srini on November 1, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    I totally agree with Fast_Track_Bully. Iam also a fan of Sachin. But there's nothing to become emotional when someone is compared to him. We guys never had a problem when Sachin was compared to the great DON. Can we ever equate their averages in Test cricket. But we were very convinced & happy with the comparison. Let's give credit to Virat for the way he is playing. He is an absolute 'team man'.

  • chapathishot on November 1, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    I am sure that if he plays for next 10 years and one day cricket will be played for those 10 years Kohli will certainly break Sachins one day record and as many are saying he is not a one dimensional player who is afraid of pace and bounce .He can take on any fast bowler in the world at any pitch.

  • on November 1, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Still somebody is looking for the reason for Kohli's success. shame!!. He is immensely talented and its not his mistake that the bowlers like akram, waqar, magrath are not playing now. Why other batsmen cannot do like him if present bowling attack is weak? Why others are not able to get 11 hundreds while chasing? It is a matter of will power, talent, temperament maturity etc. While he is batting, only indian victory is in his mind. not playing for records. He is a great cricketer. Time will prove it again and again.

  • on November 1, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    Actually another feeble analysis from Mr. Gavaskar: "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." Is that a joke or something. Don't you know that Jacques Kallis has already scored 44 Test hundreds. Indian bowlers will be in SA shortly to dish their Christmas gifts to him. If he stays in form for a couple of seasons, he can possibly get to 51 Test hundreds. Another candidate who looks promising to surpass both the 200-Test mark and the 51 Test centuries record is Alastair Cook. He is only 29, and has played 97 Test matches already in a span of less than 8 years. Considering the number of Test matches England plays (with 25 Ashes test matches already lined up in the next eight years), if he sticks around for 10 years, he can possibly go past Sachin. Already has close to 8000 Test runs and 25 centuries, that's 1000 runs and 3 centuries per year.

  • spot_on on November 1, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Kohli is a different class !!! Ten years down the line he will be a titan !!! Well, most of his centuries came while chasing just like Tendliya.. Kohli is definitely more aggressive than Sachin was. I'd love to see him blast his way into stardom out of India as well!! Good luck lil' fella.. and yes, we don't care about what Gavaskar has to say!!! We know what he'll comment when the team goes down and loses matches!!

  • on November 1, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Gavaskar has only said he may cross 50 centuries and not compared him to Sachin in any other way. Gavaskar reckons Sachin is the best ever. Kohli has proved himself to be a class act and acknowledged so by both experts and opposition. Others have scored 100s too but not as emphatic as Kohli has so it says something about where he is amongst peers. To be the best he has to prøve himself on tougher wickets, superior bowling attacks. Kohli is fearless and confident. This comes from hård work and passion to be the best. You can see that in his body language and actions on the field. Sachin will always be Indias best ODI player even if Kohli gets there. Many have climbed Mt. Everest but people still know Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay.

  • on November 1, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    Virat Kohli is a class player who might reach our even surpass Sachin in his career records but no one can come close to the GOD in being a genius of the game yet so humble That is where Kohli had to pick himself up

  • on November 1, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Even though pitches are flat......you have to get runs for scoring centuries... but i think both these players have scored centuries...even abroad.. just being good batsman doesn't helps the cause....one has to be special....both are special but sachin is the god of cricket. .!!!!!!

  • on November 1, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    first of alll in this era there is no one mathching the class of bowlers like Mcgrat,Lee,warne,Murali,akhtar,wasim,waqr ,Shane bond and many more so this is probably the main reason of his success

  • amaltn on November 1, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    I don't understand why people are so adamant when it comes to degrading Tendulkar's feats. This article is about Virat Kohli and how he is blossoming into a wonderful ODI batsmen with unparalleled skill and temperament in chases. Why don't we just concentrate on that rather than comparing him with the great man. Tendulkar has proven his mettle on seaming, swinging, turning and bouncy tracks around the world against the best of bowlers across cricketing generations. As an Indian I truly hope that Virat can match that feat. But until then lets do ourselves a favour and let him grow as a player and give the Master's achievements their due credit. After all, its not everyday that a 16 year old walks out and scores runs confidently against the likes of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis on seaming tracks........................

  • on November 1, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    With due respect to virat, i think this comparison is not apt given the vast change ODI format has undergone. Having said that comparisons r bound to happen, especially in cricket mad nations like India where the game is next to a religion. But realistically sachin faced quite a different opposition interms of quality & moreover he was the sole torch bearer in early part of his career where team's fortunes solely rest on his shoulders. Given the flat tracks, new rules, amount of ODI cricket in sub-continent & marauding form virat is in, it would'nt b surprising if he upstages sachin. He's very confident at th moment & things r going his way. But some of the flicks/hoicks over midwicket will get u caught outside subcontinent. but that's the name of the game.

  • on November 1, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Sachin played on all tracks, againts legends like Wasim Waqar, Mcgrath, warne, walsh, ambrose, pollick. donald, murali etc virat is playing against average bowlers which explains his amazing run scoring

  • on November 1, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Kohli may come some where near to Sachin in terms of quantity and a bit of quality as well in the days ahead if he can sustain that long. However , can anyone imitate the poster when Sachin do the cover drive or the straight drive or the upper cut or the leg glance or square cut or whatever you do when you have a fine and thick blade in your hand ?! It is not only the amount of runs Sachin earned but the immense beauty of the way he did all those shots in a unique way !!! Of course Sehwag shown a bit of his posters though. Kohli is a superb cricketer no doubt about that, but Sachin is quite unique !!! so comparison , better you do a zebra with a horse !!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 1, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    @ Asma Ahmad Virk. Dhaka (183), Hobart (133), Colombo(128), Harare (115), Dhaka (108), Cardiff (107), Hancantota (106), port of spain(102) these are his overseas 100s. They belongs to India? Jealousy do not have eyes! Show some sportsman spirit and appreciate his efforts.

  • on November 1, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    As Pakistani I salute to Virat Kohli chasing skills, He is class act , He bats for his team not for his record

    Good Luck Virat

  • golgo_85 on November 1, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Oh yes, definitely, with 60% of the matches played on flattest of pitches in the smallest of grounds in India against hardly any bowler of quality to face anymore, Kohli will rewrite history. I find this situation to be a parallel to the current GCSE exams in the UK. I can't wait till Kohli stamps a false sense of authority as a test batsman against a feeble West Indies attack, here comes the best part, in India

  • Masking_Tape on November 1, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    For a young player, Kohli is way more clutch then Sachin ever was. From side by side, a 24 year Sachin and 24 year old Kohli, who'd you pick to chase a big target? You might be a bit blindsided for choosing Kohli, because of this Aus-Ind series, but you won't be completely wrong. And there is some flayer and swag about Kohli that Sachin never had.

  • bumble23 on November 1, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Let him prove his mettle on swinging, seaming turfs. Even though it is quite an achievement in scoring centuries at ease on flat tracks, he will be considered a threat only after scoring on challenging turfs. He was ruthlessly exposed by junaid khan. Tendulkar never gave his wicket away to the same bowler in three consecutive odi matches.

  • on November 1, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    This article seems a bit early to predict that what sort of achievement Virat will secure for himself. Every batsman goes with such a form virat is going through . But when the bad times start these cricket pandits will criticize on the technique and temperament of the batsman. His comparison with the batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar is just too early. This is hard truth that records are made to break; even Gavaskar wouldn't have been aware that his records will be broken at a certain time. Hope that Virat should consistently go with such a form and India should win the match.

  • on November 1, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    @SamRoy u too r obsessed with records and u forgot that CRICKET is a team game u can't win a match single handedly......whether u r virat kohli or someone else

  • on November 1, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    As long as he win matches for India, It doesn't matter how many hundreds he get.. Please stop comparing him to Sachin..It's not the right time.. He has to prove himself abroad too..

  • Sajish on November 1, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Here Sunil Gavaskar is giving undue tension to Young Kohli by this unwanted comment. Do not compare with someone regarding records. Kohli is not after records or anything, he is immensely talented and he has only one intention and that is an INDIAN WIN. He timing is the best in Shorter formats and know where to hit the ball for the maximum. But he will be tested severely in longer formats. Kohli is a smart cricketer and he knows that he has to perform best in tests then only he will consider among the greats who played cricket. By this comment, Mr. Sunny Gavaskar is giving unnecessary tension to this youngster who is just enjoying his cricket at present. His focus is only that his team to win whether in IPL,Domestic or International. Mr. Sunny Gavaskar has to know one thing he is not a type cricketer who runs after records. Please leave Kohli alone. Do not give Kohli unwanted goals in his short cricketing life.

  • on November 1, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Virat is a class act. and yes he can break odi 100s record. but still i think no 1 can match sachin. and you have to compare sachin got his 100s against good bowlers of that era and also rules etc. Hardly any bowlers like of that era. But any way virat is a class act of this era.

    he can break for odi but test i dont think any 1 can do what sachin achieved.

  • on November 1, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    He sure can beat the records, considering the sizes of the grounds India is using for their ODIs.

  • on November 1, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    and people have started Tendulkar bashing.!!

  • on November 1, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Virat Kohli already has surpassed many in the ranks of ODI batsmenship. Under pressure he is better then SRT and seems to have ice in his veins. At this rate, he will surpass everybody and stand alongside the peerless IVA Richards as the finest ever ODI batsman.

  • SamRoy on November 1, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Only Sunil Gavaskar is obsessed with records. It doesn't matter if Kohli breaks Tendulkar's records or not. The fact remains everytime Kohli scores India wins and that is what is more important. Something cricketers like Gavaskar (who hardly ever won India test matches, it was mostly Vishwanath or Amarnath) and to an extent Tendulkar will not be able to grasp.

  • Iceman29 on November 1, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    This is an needless article right now...already we Indians are a little bit complacent in nature and these kinds of articles or interviews will make it even worse...let him play with free mind...dont inject his mind with records and stuff......

  • Lets_Bash_Indians on November 1, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    It is his Prime Time, Once He Reach 30-32, the Batting Will become harder to do, still hope for best, Records are meant to be broken

  • on November 1, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    yeah sure .. he will break sachin's ODI 100 record

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  • on November 1, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    yeah sure .. he will break sachin's ODI 100 record

  • Lets_Bash_Indians on November 1, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    It is his Prime Time, Once He Reach 30-32, the Batting Will become harder to do, still hope for best, Records are meant to be broken

  • Iceman29 on November 1, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    This is an needless article right now...already we Indians are a little bit complacent in nature and these kinds of articles or interviews will make it even worse...let him play with free mind...dont inject his mind with records and stuff......

  • SamRoy on November 1, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Only Sunil Gavaskar is obsessed with records. It doesn't matter if Kohli breaks Tendulkar's records or not. The fact remains everytime Kohli scores India wins and that is what is more important. Something cricketers like Gavaskar (who hardly ever won India test matches, it was mostly Vishwanath or Amarnath) and to an extent Tendulkar will not be able to grasp.

  • on November 1, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Virat Kohli already has surpassed many in the ranks of ODI batsmenship. Under pressure he is better then SRT and seems to have ice in his veins. At this rate, he will surpass everybody and stand alongside the peerless IVA Richards as the finest ever ODI batsman.

  • on November 1, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    and people have started Tendulkar bashing.!!

  • on November 1, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    He sure can beat the records, considering the sizes of the grounds India is using for their ODIs.

  • on November 1, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Virat is a class act. and yes he can break odi 100s record. but still i think no 1 can match sachin. and you have to compare sachin got his 100s against good bowlers of that era and also rules etc. Hardly any bowlers like of that era. But any way virat is a class act of this era.

    he can break for odi but test i dont think any 1 can do what sachin achieved.

  • Sajish on November 1, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Here Sunil Gavaskar is giving undue tension to Young Kohli by this unwanted comment. Do not compare with someone regarding records. Kohli is not after records or anything, he is immensely talented and he has only one intention and that is an INDIAN WIN. He timing is the best in Shorter formats and know where to hit the ball for the maximum. But he will be tested severely in longer formats. Kohli is a smart cricketer and he knows that he has to perform best in tests then only he will consider among the greats who played cricket. By this comment, Mr. Sunny Gavaskar is giving unnecessary tension to this youngster who is just enjoying his cricket at present. His focus is only that his team to win whether in IPL,Domestic or International. Mr. Sunny Gavaskar has to know one thing he is not a type cricketer who runs after records. Please leave Kohli alone. Do not give Kohli unwanted goals in his short cricketing life.

  • on November 1, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    As long as he win matches for India, It doesn't matter how many hundreds he get.. Please stop comparing him to Sachin..It's not the right time.. He has to prove himself abroad too..