India v West Indies, 1st ODI, Kochi November 22, 2013

Kohli focussed after equalling Richards

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'Still a long way to go for me' - Kohli

Virat Kohli was pleased to equal Viv Richards' record of being the fastest to 5000 ODI runs but added that he was still in the initial stages of his career and had a long road ahead of him. Kohli reached the landmark in his 114th innings, the same as Richards, when he scored 86 for India in the first ODI against West Indies in Kochi.

"I was told in Bangalore during the last ODI [about the record] but I did not really remember it because I do not approach a game thinking about records," Kohli said. "I said to myself that if you bat well, along the way these milestones are bound to happen. To equal a feat with a player like him [Richards] is a very good feeling but it does not stop here because it is more or less the beginning. I am only 25. It is nice to equal his record but still there is a long way to go."

Kohli and Rohit Sharma put on 133 for the second wicket to set up a victorious chase in just 35.2 overs after India's spinners restricted West Indies to 211. The visitors' modest total was in sharp contrast to India's previous ODI series against Australia, in which over 3500 runs were scored in 11 innings. Kohli credited India for adapting to the Kochi pitch that he said was different from the flat surfaces seen in the Australia series, during which the "momentum" had been emphatically with the batsmen.

"There was variable bounce on the wicket in the first innings," Kohli said. "Compared to that, it was better in the second innings. But the wicket was slow and the ball was turning. It wasn't a flat batting wicket. It wasn't a free flow of runs. It was a low total which is why maybe we finished it earlier. If they had 260-270 on the board it would not have been easy to chase it down in the time we did.

"The Australian series was more of momentum. Both the sides had momentum as far as batting is concerned. Everyone backed themselves and went for their shots. There was an air of confidence around that whole series that batsmen could go out there and express themselves. It was a great display of batting from both sides.

"Today wasn't same as the Australian series. It was a different sort of wicket. We might get more wickets that behave differently. We should be good to adapt to any sort of wickets or conditions. We switched gears pretty quickly from the Australian series and showed that we are a side that can adapt to any conditions and play smart cricket."

India motored home at a run a ball for the loss of only four wickets but Kohli did not think that was because the West Indies attack was lacking on control. "They have pretty experienced bowlers," Kohli said. "Ravi Rampaul...Sunil Narine is a very good spinner. Dwayne Bravo has got about 180-odd one-day wickets. Darren Sammy is a very clever bowler. In the Champions Trophy in England, their bowling attack was right up there. They were making teams struggle for their runs.

"We just batted well. I don't think they bowled too badly. We hit percentage shots and did not try to slog the ball and didn't try to play shots that were not on the merit of the ball. It was more of good batting than indisciplined bowling. Credit goes to our batters."

Before Kohli and Rohit dominated, India's spinners took eight West Indies wickets for 117 runs in 31.5 overs. MS Dhoni, the India captain, said it was the slow bowlers who set the game up for the batsmen to polish off a modest chase. "We didn't start very well, with the ball coming on nicely," Dhoni said. "There was a bit of variable bounce which assisted our fast bowlers. Overall, I think the spinners did the job and kept the pressure on.

"It was not easy for the opposition to rotate the strike, so they had to go for the big strokes. I thought it was a wicket where the spinners can do the job, so I thought let's start with [Suresh] Raina. He bowls slightly flattish and can be of good effect with the variable bounce. The first wicket he got [Marlon Samuels], it didn't bounce much.

"I think they [Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli] have been batting really well. Again Virat was brilliant. I thought our bowlers did well and the batsmen negotiated the new ball really well. There were not many runs to be scored, but still they batted really well, especially against Narine who was spinning it both ways."

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  • AltafPatel on November 27, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    How long record of both will remain as Amla already scored 3700 in 76 innings. It seems he will score 5000 in less than 100 innings.

  • on November 26, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    Well, Virat was facing tough bowlers like McKay, Kulasekhara, Maxwell and Perumal at difficult pitches like Jaipur, Nagpur or Vizag whereas Viv faced easier ones like Lillee, Thomson, Kapil, Willis or Imran at batting paradises like Perth, Brisbame or the Oval. Again, his home runs 800 (three figure!) vs 4000 away (averaging 57 @ 92) doesn't place him anywhere near Virat, who was wearing the additional burden of helmets and had to deal with alluring super-overs and new rules, not to mention 'the expectations of a billion'. So, Viv, sorry, Virat is beyond you!

  • Harmony111 on November 25, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    @Dhanno:

    First you need to tell us CHATFIELD WHO? You want to include just any T, D & H and say look Viv scored runs facing this man?

    If a bowler bowls only 2 overs in some match and it is rained off, do we count that or not? What about those innings when the batsman bats but faces no ball or is out without facing a ball or comes out to bat with just 5 runs left to score? Point is, Matches played is a valid criteria. It has been like this historically.

    I wish you had read my other comments here. You talked of modern times, flat tracks, field restrictions blah blah blah but I have already taken care of these arguments too. Pls read my comments at ...... (November 23, 2013, 19:06 GMT).

    Viv avgs 47 in ODIs in a supposedly tougher era while Kohli avgs 52 in a supposedly easier era. Even if we say Kohli's avg would have been low in Viv's times, how low would it have gone? From 52 to where? Are you assuming his avg would have been 26-36 in Viv's times? On what basis?

  • Dhanno on November 24, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    @harmony, you gave the number of matches played, that closes argument, really!. Just for record Virat reached the 5K mark in same innings played as Sir Viv. Number of matches ? How does that even matter ? If the guy didnt come out to bat why should that game count? Is there any logic to trotting out the number that Virat did in 120 matches vs Viv's 126 ? They both got out to bat 114 times. Period. Its another story no one wants to count the fact that Virat plays on flat beds with 350 being on par score, bowling restrictions, fielding restrictions with bowlers so out of the game today that they beg the captain to get a bowling machine instead of making them bowl (this is the bowlers of winning side!).

  • Harmony111 on November 23, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    I will present one argument in two forms ...

    ONE: Who is to say what Kohli might have done had he played in that era? Why do people imply that Kohli would have been unable to do what Viv did in his time? If Viv played without helmet hats off to him but does that mean that Kohli won't have been able to bat without a helmet? This way the F1 drivers of 60s were way superior than Senna, Shumi & Vettel !!!

    SECOND: In that supposedly difficult Era, Viv avgd 47 & got 11 100s in 187 ODIs. In this new & supposedly easy Era, Kohli avgs 52 & has 17 100s in 120 ODIs. Had Kohli's record been similar to Viv THEN we might have concluded that since Kohli has the same record as Viv in FAR EASIER conditions then surely he would have done much poorly in the times of Viv.

    But Kohli is way ahead of Viv stats-wise. (Match wise, Kohli got to 5k faster than Viv.)

    A batsman for whom 300+ or even 350 chases are child's play is among GOATs. Were Amla/ABDV able to chase 300+ vs India in CT13?

  • mahi678 on November 23, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    some different opinions but who said kohli is equal to viv? he equalled his record... not his batting. viv is master. read the lines clearly.... but dont take anything away from him. the way he faced malinga was great. malinga was fearsome for his action and his pace. well done kohli.

  • AlbertPintoGussaHua on November 23, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Wasn't each ODI inning 60 overs long when Viv Richards was playing? Perhaps analysing strike rates may give another perspective.

  • GRVJPR on November 23, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    All want kohli to perform in South Africa or else they will throw out of team. That is ridiculous. By the same standard all south african, australian and english players must score runs on 4th and 5th day turning tracks in India to prove they are world class. They aren't even able to bat 3 days in India.

  • on November 23, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    we indians will never be satisfied. we credit more foreign pleyers than ours,kohli not faced great bowlers that not his fault, present day bowlers not great that not his fault.

  • samresh..msd on November 23, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    kohli is a class act 4 sure.. He is head nd shoulders ahead of the current crop of batsman.we should give him the due credit.and its not fair comparing him with sir viv.. In 10 yrs tym kohli wud have broken all odi records.. He is legend in d making..

  • AltafPatel on November 27, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    How long record of both will remain as Amla already scored 3700 in 76 innings. It seems he will score 5000 in less than 100 innings.

  • on November 26, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    Well, Virat was facing tough bowlers like McKay, Kulasekhara, Maxwell and Perumal at difficult pitches like Jaipur, Nagpur or Vizag whereas Viv faced easier ones like Lillee, Thomson, Kapil, Willis or Imran at batting paradises like Perth, Brisbame or the Oval. Again, his home runs 800 (three figure!) vs 4000 away (averaging 57 @ 92) doesn't place him anywhere near Virat, who was wearing the additional burden of helmets and had to deal with alluring super-overs and new rules, not to mention 'the expectations of a billion'. So, Viv, sorry, Virat is beyond you!

  • Harmony111 on November 25, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    @Dhanno:

    First you need to tell us CHATFIELD WHO? You want to include just any T, D & H and say look Viv scored runs facing this man?

    If a bowler bowls only 2 overs in some match and it is rained off, do we count that or not? What about those innings when the batsman bats but faces no ball or is out without facing a ball or comes out to bat with just 5 runs left to score? Point is, Matches played is a valid criteria. It has been like this historically.

    I wish you had read my other comments here. You talked of modern times, flat tracks, field restrictions blah blah blah but I have already taken care of these arguments too. Pls read my comments at ...... (November 23, 2013, 19:06 GMT).

    Viv avgs 47 in ODIs in a supposedly tougher era while Kohli avgs 52 in a supposedly easier era. Even if we say Kohli's avg would have been low in Viv's times, how low would it have gone? From 52 to where? Are you assuming his avg would have been 26-36 in Viv's times? On what basis?

  • Dhanno on November 24, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    @harmony, you gave the number of matches played, that closes argument, really!. Just for record Virat reached the 5K mark in same innings played as Sir Viv. Number of matches ? How does that even matter ? If the guy didnt come out to bat why should that game count? Is there any logic to trotting out the number that Virat did in 120 matches vs Viv's 126 ? They both got out to bat 114 times. Period. Its another story no one wants to count the fact that Virat plays on flat beds with 350 being on par score, bowling restrictions, fielding restrictions with bowlers so out of the game today that they beg the captain to get a bowling machine instead of making them bowl (this is the bowlers of winning side!).

  • Harmony111 on November 23, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    I will present one argument in two forms ...

    ONE: Who is to say what Kohli might have done had he played in that era? Why do people imply that Kohli would have been unable to do what Viv did in his time? If Viv played without helmet hats off to him but does that mean that Kohli won't have been able to bat without a helmet? This way the F1 drivers of 60s were way superior than Senna, Shumi & Vettel !!!

    SECOND: In that supposedly difficult Era, Viv avgd 47 & got 11 100s in 187 ODIs. In this new & supposedly easy Era, Kohli avgs 52 & has 17 100s in 120 ODIs. Had Kohli's record been similar to Viv THEN we might have concluded that since Kohli has the same record as Viv in FAR EASIER conditions then surely he would have done much poorly in the times of Viv.

    But Kohli is way ahead of Viv stats-wise. (Match wise, Kohli got to 5k faster than Viv.)

    A batsman for whom 300+ or even 350 chases are child's play is among GOATs. Were Amla/ABDV able to chase 300+ vs India in CT13?

  • mahi678 on November 23, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    some different opinions but who said kohli is equal to viv? he equalled his record... not his batting. viv is master. read the lines clearly.... but dont take anything away from him. the way he faced malinga was great. malinga was fearsome for his action and his pace. well done kohli.

  • AlbertPintoGussaHua on November 23, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Wasn't each ODI inning 60 overs long when Viv Richards was playing? Perhaps analysing strike rates may give another perspective.

  • GRVJPR on November 23, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    All want kohli to perform in South Africa or else they will throw out of team. That is ridiculous. By the same standard all south african, australian and english players must score runs on 4th and 5th day turning tracks in India to prove they are world class. They aren't even able to bat 3 days in India.

  • on November 23, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    we indians will never be satisfied. we credit more foreign pleyers than ours,kohli not faced great bowlers that not his fault, present day bowlers not great that not his fault.

  • samresh..msd on November 23, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    kohli is a class act 4 sure.. He is head nd shoulders ahead of the current crop of batsman.we should give him the due credit.and its not fair comparing him with sir viv.. In 10 yrs tym kohli wud have broken all odi records.. He is legend in d making..

  • on November 22, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    I can't believe there are Indians who believe Kohli is equitable to the original Master Blaster. Look at Viv and look at his contemporaries... look at Kohli and his... Don't even bring in points on bat technology, modern pitches, rules of the game etc. The fact that Viv's statistics look like a batsmen in the modern age is enough to close this conversation.

  • on November 22, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    I get the fact that Kohli is an amazing batsman but there really is no need to put down Sir Viv to prove Kohli is good. The man faced Wasim, Waqar, Botham, Imran, Hadlee, Kapil, Lillee and Thomson in their prime and averaged 47 while scoring faster than even SRT. He hit a 153 against Lillee and Thomson at the MCG off 130 balls in an era when a run a ball was unheard of. Kohli is still growing in international cricket. Granted he may have scored tons of runs in the sub continent but wait a few years to see how he goes abroad before writing him off. As far as comparisons with SRT go, I feel he is far ahead in one respect already - he doesn't slow down for landmarks. Only one landmark matters to him ie an Indian victory

  • Harmony111 on November 22, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    @Dravid_Sachin_Gravitas_Atheist:

    Thank you bro. Are you the same Dravid_Gravitas using one of his many names here or what? I don't see the old name anymore but keep seeing comments of the similar kind using similar names.

  • Harmony111 on November 22, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    @mukesh_LOVE.cricket:

    Why did you include Pattinson in that list? What has he done to be mentioned alongside Steyn & Anderson?

    As per you ---

    The ULTIMATE Proof of Quality Batting is to face top bowlers in their backyard.

    So...

    The ULTIMATE Proof of Quality Bowling should be to face top batsmen in their backyard. Right?

    Kohli smashed a 52 ball & a 66 ball 100 facing probably the fastest bowler of the times Mitchell Johnson --- why does this not count?

    Kohli scored 183 facing Gul & Ajmal --- this counts or not?

    Viv got 11 100s in 187 ODIs. Kohli has 17 100s in 120 ODIs.

    Statistically, Kohli has done better than Viv in ODIs. Does this count or not?

    Don't tell me you talked of TESTS. ODIs are as much valid cricket as Tests are.

    He avgs 41 after 20 tests in <3 yrs which is not bad by any means. Batsmen like Ponting, Clarke, Kallis had averages in the 40s even after playing for 5-6 years. Cook, even after his amazing run in the last 3 yrs still avgs in the 40s.

  • Harmony111 on November 22, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    @Dhanno:

    Lol, Chatfiled WHO? You bluffing or what?

    Thomson was a rather ordinary ODI bowler FYI, only 55 wickets in 50 ODIs.

    Kohli has got his 100s vs:

    #1. Leading spinners like Swann, Ajmal & Afridi. #2. Top death bowlers like Malinga & Gul. #3. Pacy bowlers like Roach, Finn, Wahab Riaz, Mitchell Johnson.

    Kohli makes Ajmal & Malinga look toothless, is this not a feat?

    #1. On his 1st SA Tour - A pre WC Kohli avgd 48 vs SA IN SA facing Steyn & Morkel.

    #2. On his 1st Eng Tour - Kohli got one 100 & one 50 vs Eng IN ENG in 5 ODIs. Not bad huh?

    #3. Reg Aus, Kohli has played a mere 4 matches vs Aus IN Aus. Is that enough basis to say Kohli won't be able to bat in Aus? He destroyed them a few days back in India, why does that not count?

    Fact #1: Viv had 11 100s in all. Fact #2: Kohli has 11 100s in chasing alone.

    None of this means Kohli is better or close to Viv. The sole point of mine is that Kohli is on his way to be an all time ODI great and is moving pretty fast.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 22, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    @Dhanno and others, Kohli stands tall among his contemporaries. Do other batsmen of this generation have different rules? What stopped them? Comparing players of different generations is futile. We are just saying he has equalled Viv statistically. Previous generation apologists are getting defensive and saying there is no comparison between these two players. Well, nobody is comparing here. But, how do you know how Kohli would have fared in that generation??!! Your guesses would be as good and binding as mine, my friends!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 22, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    @harmony111, take a bow master! Thoroughly enjoyed your posts. It's a crying shame when people invoke rules as the reason, conveniently blocking off the fact that all international batsmen have the same rules. I won't be surprised if they indeed claim that other batsmen have different rules! Pretty inane stuff I say. No point in explaining to such 'knowledgeable' fans.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on November 22, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    nice to see that unlike some of his fans here Kohli the player himself is talking sense and staying focused , i'am also a kohli fan , the guy is a class act for sure, but calling him a great and placing him along with VIV is a bit premature , let him perform consistently IN TESTS against the likes of steyn ,anderson , pattinson in their backyard , then we will talk him as a 'great' , upcoming SA tour will give us the answers hopefully !

  • Harmony111 on November 22, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Guys, I will tell you what exactly is wrong here. The truth is, both Sachin & Kohli, when they play well, play at such a high level that the match looks a done deal. When India win after such performances by these players we just do not realize how tough it was. The genius of these players just does not allow us to feel any tension. It all seems like heaven while these guys bat. The greatness of these kind of players is that the situation is conspicuously difficult only when they fail.

    Kohli kind of failed in the 1st ODI vs Aus & India lost. Sachin would score a lovely 100 but others would fail to lose the match.

    Were Amla or ABD able to score vs Eng or NZ in WC2011? They were much more exp than Kohli. They couldn't even score 50s, forget about huge 100s.

    Why are we Indians asking MORE proof of Kohli's genius? At least WE should be satisfied. I am stunned to see the dull opinion of some ppl here vis-a-vis Kohli. Under same rules, he has outperformed everyone else, hasn't he?

  • Dhanno on November 22, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    @harmony & others. Viv did get ODI hundreds against Lille, THompson, Hadlee, Botham and Chatfield in his days. And are we going to ignore the bigger grounds, sporting pitches, lesser restrictions on bowlers/ fielders from his era? Its so pathetic Dhoni said he wants to replace bowlers with machines 2 weeks ago!

    So come back when the SA tests concludes. Just Do not use 2 tests as excuse. Well no point writing comments when SL and WI are touring these days. Flat wickets/ flatter bowling, field restrictions, bowling restrictions, 2 new balls. Note it down now, Virat Kohli will play 70% ODIs in his life time in flat conditions, against SL, BAN, WI, NZ and associates. 70% tests in subcontinental condition, He wont visit SA< AUS< ENG often so people will use it as excuse.. A lopsided career in ODIs and T20s, facing avg bowling will result in a "Colossal" Virat Kohli for sure.

  • Harmony111 on November 22, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    @Centuries2020:

    Pls refer to my comment at November 22, 2013, 12:16 GMT. You might see something relevant there.

    @SamRoy:

    I said 'primed' for greatness, not that they were already greats although Kohli is right on that cusp as of now. Wasn't Hussey called Mr. Cricket very early in his career?

    Kohli is the fastest ever to 5k runs, the agg run mark that is seen as a true indicator of someone's class after a long term review.

    Kohli already has some of the best ODI knocks of all times in his belt, 133* for eg.

    Kohli is the 2nd leading active 100 getter in ODIs at the moment & 10th overall,

    Kohli has the 3rd highest ODI avg of ALL TIMES ( min 100 ODIs)

    As per stats, he arguably already is among the GOATs & at least a great. So if I say 'primed' for greatness, it is slightly lighter actually.

    As for Rohit, he clearly has that class & has an ODI 200. Dhawan got the fastest ever debut ton & has done well in ODIs too. He never crumbled chasing 350+. Surely, 'primed' is an apt word.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 22, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    @SamRoy, when you are talking of Kohli, it's not a one off performance you are talking about. There's consistency and a pattern to boot. So the example of Gambhir is a misplaced one.

  • sijanki on November 22, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    No. 4 spot is mine, insists Suresh Raina... heheheheh

    Bug is here... Waste Mr. Raina.. You play well with Netherlands/Kenya/Singapore/Afghanistan.. You bowl very well in a pitch which will not bounce and turn very well.. You bribe every one in BCCI and stay in the team without perfroming.

    Please learn from Kohli/Pujara/Rohit please. Before you play any ODI perfrom in RANJI..

  • Chan1966 on November 22, 2013, 17:53 GMT

    The great Viv Richards is incomparable...... Some people tried to compare Sanath J with him some years ago and you all know what happened to him afterwards, Even Sachin Tendulkar was no where near this great man. Viv woukd have been the first man to score a double hundred id ODI's if not Windies lost wickets at regular intervals agaist England in 1984 in England where he hammered an unbeaten 189 in a total of 272 for 9 and then England were bowled out for 170 in their own den. Remember Richards put on 100 odd runs for the last wicket with Holding whose contribution was a mere 11. He never opened the batting and never wore a helmet. And remember there was no fielding restrictions in the first 15 overs or no power play overs in the 35th to 40th overs. Viv Richards is still the greatest batsman the world had ever seen,

  • Harmony111 on November 22, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    @Arrow011: In Tests, SRT got a 50+ score every 2.78 innings while Kohli does that every 3.0 innings. Not bad eh. Besides, Kohli has batted ONLY 33 times so far in Tests & avgs 41 which is not poor by any means. Btw, my comment was clearly about Sachin's ODI stats and not about Tests, you misread me completely there.

    Where am I saying that Viv or Sachin got their runs in easy conditions? Why are you feeling so bad that Kohli is on track to go past SRT in ODIs? The best tribute to SRT would be if an Indian betters his record.

    New Rules or not, you must be pretty special if you can help your team chase 321 runs in 37 overs or help chase 360 in 44 overs or score a 100 off 66 balls with just 1 six chasing 350 or score 183 chasing 300 against your arch rivals. These rules are the same for all but did ABD or Amla score a 100 vs India in CT13?

    Btw, what makes you think that Kohli won't have scored runs had he played in the old times? Who knows what he might have done?

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 22, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    @Arrow011, change in rules benefitted only 3 batsmen? Kohli, Rohit and Bailey? Why so? All the remaining international batsmen have different rules or what? Do you make sense to yourself?

  • Al_Bundy1 on November 22, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Neither Kohli, nor Tendulkar can hold a candle to King Richards. He was the king of ODI, thrashing all kinds of bowlers on all kinds of wickets, wearing just a red cap and using low tech bat.

  • on November 22, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    viv was great one. but kohli is equal to infinity

  • SamRoy on November 22, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    @Harmony111 First of Sharma, Kohli,Dhawan are fine talents but primed for greatness? As if it is so easy!!! I remember people saying the same when Gambhir scored a fine match saving hundred in NZ in 2009. What happened after that?? Nobody considers Gambhir a wrold-class batsman forget great batsman. Ganguly was a better batsman than Gambhir even though Ganguly was just a good batsman not even world-class.

  • silentstand on November 22, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Congrats but viv was still better.Still it's early days for kohl I and if he keeps the same desire and passion he will be a great.

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on November 22, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    Those who are shouting here VIV ...VIV..VIV....Did u all notice that did he ever face against the best attack ???? All of the great quicks where in WI only!!! If viv is great then so does KOHLI

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on November 22, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    @arun141 , meenakshisaran : Come on man...don cry here.... MARK MY WORDS..KOHLI will SMASH SA bowlers in their TURF ..... Then i will talk to u

  • Centuries2020 on November 22, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    Most of the Kholi hundreds came in the subcontinent. Now it is time for him to prove in SA, NZ...If he cannot able to do, then he is just an ordinary player..

  • Naresh28 on November 22, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    VIRAT KOHLI is the number4 that INDIA need in tests. He can make it his own by proving a lot on overseas trips. Mind you he has already scored 100's in Oz. After Sachin departure from the game there is no better person to look to. I wish the selectors would also try out some of these players:- Aparajith, Sampson, Zol and Juneja. Sending them on INDIA-A trips should be the first step.

  • ferocious_aarv on November 22, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    Indeed Kohli is a class batsman,no doubt about that. He is gonna be the legend for sure. When it comes to facing good bowlers, isn't it true that He is playing with a team who has the most mediocre bowling attack but still he is winning matches for the team. I need not to mention that other legends of past were almost from the team of wonderful bowling attacks complementing their batting efforts to turn them into legend. Which Indian bowler is complementing Kohli's efforts with their performance. So just stop the comparison and enjoy his classy drives, wristy flicks and other superbly executed textbook shots......

  • Arrow011 on November 22, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    I do respect Kohli's attacking batting but no he is never in the class of Sachin even remotely. If you takeout Sachin's first 94 matches where he was batting at No.6 then he would be the record holder even for the fastest 5,000 runs. Kohli has to perform well in England & South Africa well to be called a very good batsman. He is by far the best Indian batsman in the current Indian ODI team like MSD.

    @Harmony111 - Please do not hype Kohli's achivements so much, he has no great record in Test matches so even thinking of holding a candle against Sachin's records is remote. Kohli's scores in ODIs are all because of the lastest rule change in ODI (4 fielders on boundary in slog overs & 2 new balls) , these rules have benefited Rohit, Bailey & Kohli the most. Viv Richards never had these lopsided rules to help him score quick 100s & even Sachin who flourished after 15 over restrictions came into effect was not as lucky as the latest crop of batsmen. Time to reverse the rules in ODIs.

  • Harmony111 on November 22, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    Forget about everything else done by Kohli & other batsmen. Show me ONE batsmen in the history of the game who has scored more 100s while chasing a total of 300+.

    Kohli now has to provide the same insanely impossible proofs that Sachin faced all his life.

    #1. Score a match winning 100.

    #2. Do #1 'Single-Handedly'.

    #3. Do #2 AWAY.

    #4. Do #3 vs Eng/SA/Aus.

    #5. Do #4 facing their best quicks.

    #6. Do #5 on a Greentop.

    #7. Repeat #6 but this time chasing & not while batting first. Target must be 300+.

    And if somehow Sachin or Kohli are able to provide these #7 proofs it means 600 runs were scored so it was a flat track or bowling was weak or bowlers were not in form or there was dew or the ground was small or the umpiring was poor or the martians were helping him.

    If a 100 is not scored then nothing else matters. A 75 of 40 balls or 41 of 26 balls does not count as match winning.

    The last proof demanded is that he should have done that vs bowlers who retired 15 yrs ago !!!

  • Vikas.K on November 22, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Funny everybody says with such certainty that bowling was better during Viv Richards. He played between 75-92 I think. The only really good bowling attack throughout this period was that of West Indies. India were rubbish bar Kapil. Australia were rubbish during much of eighties. England were rubbish everywhere bar when playing in England. New Zealand had Hadlee but that's it. There was no South Africa and Srilanka were newbies. Pakistan were good in patches though the two Ws really took off in 90s. Australia, Pakistan saw resurgence of their attacks mainly in the early 90s when strong SA too joined the fray. And Viv Richards was rubbish during that period. Not saying Kohli is better/worse. Just making the point that we tend to lump together all great bowlers of the past to draw the conclusion that bowling attacks were better in the past. Fact is, all those great bowlers played at different periods and had theirs peaks at different times in their careers.

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 22, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Kohli is class but comparison to Viv is meaningless looking at the amount of ODI's India have played v Bangladesh Sri Lanka and the fact he plays 50% of his cricket on these flat track Indian roads with modern bats helmets and fielding restrictions. Still he's my favourite modern batsman to watch righ now no question.

  • A.Ak on November 22, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Kohli is a good batsman, no question about that. He is playing fluidly and positively. If he performs like this for any other 5 or 6 six years, he is a legend himself. Comparing other great legends with him is not fair. This is only in ODIs. In test matches he is yet to start.

  • shrikant200 on November 22, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    Its unjust to say that Virat has succeded in ODI merely due to the new power play rules,flat pitches and shorter boundaries. Many say that current bowlers are easy to tackle,given the new rules,and term that bowling these days is not as penetrative as it used to be in the 90s.But one cannot take any credit away from virat because he is the only batsman in this generation to score 100s in least matches and get to 5000 runs.So it will be unfair to criticise Virat,instead he deserves praise......Well done Virat......!

  • shrikant200 on November 22, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Virat kohli has been consistent right from his debut,scoring centuries and scripting famous wins for India,especially during stiff chases.Stats dont lie,this player has not at all seen a bad patch over the last 3-4 yrs,which is amazing.He has scored ODI 100s in Australia,England,WI, and was the top run-getter in the ODI series in SA 3 years ago.He has sealed the no.3 slot with a perfect mix of Aggresion & caution.

  • meenakshisaran on November 22, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    I agreed with points posted by arun141. Kohli need to improve a lot before in batting and attitude before getting compared with legends

  • IndianEagle on November 22, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    if bradman is greatest batsman ever even after he didnot play against quality opponents, quality spin bowling, quality seam bowling of 90's then kohli is equally as great as viv.

  • pitch_curator on November 22, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    @ Cricket_is_unpopular - Liked the way you insured yourself into not becoming a fool by saying "bowling was the best". This way, you can never be proven wrong because even if Kohli scores 150+ in a match against SAF you can still say Lillie and Holding were not playing. Great going. BTW, can you quickly give me 5 super fast bowlers whom Viv faced in his pomp in ODI cricket. You can include Madan lal if you want.

  • arun141 on November 22, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    When somebody says that Kohli is the best ODI batsman currently, it is a very good point to make anybody laugh. If you see his scores outside Indian continent pitches and against the teams except Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, he rarely averages 20 against all the teams having scored more than 50 runs 7 times only. It this he has two centuries, one against England and one against West Indies. He has only two fifties against South Africa outside the Indian Continent and all scores less than 50 against Australia. And peoples are starting to say him best current ODI player ahaid of Batsman like AB deVilliers and Hashim Amla. The only thing Virat Kohli has in his favor: many matches inside India, SriLanka and Bangladesh. Always having triangular series outside indian continent with at least one of the indian continent team. Even in the CB series he scored centuries against Sri Lanka and became a hero. No body looks on his performance against Australia in CB series.

  • Harmony111 on November 22, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    It would be natural for a non-Indian fan to be critical of Kohli cos that is how they are but it is really so un-Indian of some Indian fans to suggest as if Kohli has done nothing special by becoming the joint fastest to the 5k runs mark. Btw, in match terms, Kohli is the fastest ever.

    We Indians should really be over the moon to see another legend in making here. We Indians should be ecstatic that all along we felt Sachin's records were gonna last for ever and his 18k runs and 49 100s won't ever be touched but barely days after his full retirement, we are lucky to have found a batsman who is probably THE guy who will either break those records or will at least go very close to them & that this guy is an Indian.

    We Indians should be walking with arrogance that we have so many new & really talented batsmen. Dhawan, Rohit & Kohli all seem primed for greatness now.

    But no, some of us will still crib. Some of us have this itch of making fun of our own people. Crappy Crabs Mentality.

  • SamRoy on November 22, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    @Cricket_is_Unpopular Please nobody is comparing Kohli with Richards. Richards is the greatest ODI batsman of all time by far and nobody even comes close to him. But Kohli is the best current ODI batsman and that's a fact.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on November 22, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    read 'his' as 'that' in my previous comment. Thanks.

  • parthaacs on November 22, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    no body is comparing kholi with richards - it is just a fact that they both reached 5000 runs quicker than anyone else in ODI. so why is it people pointing out the bowling is better, pitches better etc? Even if the bowling is bad and pitches are dead, only Kholi was able to do it and nobody else from this era has done it. So even that is an accomplishment. So no need to put him down for what he achieved

  • Captainman on November 22, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Kohli is overrated. Scoring runs on roads with small boundaries and especially against teams like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. He will be exposed in South African pitches. Viv Richards scored runs in an era where bowling was the best, pitches were difficult with long boundaries and rubbish bats. Plus no power-plays.

  • on November 22, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    @vivek: kohli scored 7 at home, 7 away and 3 in neutral grounds. viv scored 9 away and 2 in neutral...no home ground 100s...i dont where that 90% centuries stats is coming from...

  • CricketMaan on November 22, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Kholi well done. Now we need you to repeat that Perth, Adelaide innings in SA as well. Those two really announced you to the Test cricket, now go on and do it again.

  • deepuragi on November 22, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    It is obvious that he is too good in ODIs but he should perform equally well in the longer version of the game and that too in overseas.SA tour will be a bigger test for him.Hope he continues this form there and faces the likes of steyn,morkel,philander etc. with same ease and confidence.

  • on November 22, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    So many legends but no true domination in world cricket. Team India needs to see what is missing.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on November 22, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    @amar_javid: period of 1990-2000 was greatest bowling decade in whole cricketting history. Bradman did not play in his era and no bowler from his period was qualified as great, and he never played great spin bowling and also his only opponent are english. But many people saying he is greatest ever batsman. Like this dude.

  • on November 22, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Great batting from Kohli! The best thing is that out of 17 centuries only 7 have come in India.

  • on November 22, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    You can't compare the 2 as bowling was better in Richards' era

  • on November 22, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    I agree that Viv was a true legend and Virat has a long wayVirat to go. The batting conditions and quality of bowling was much superior in the 80s. But we also need to remember that Virat is merely 25 years old and has at least another 10-12 years of cricket left in him. Moreover Virat has scored 17 centuries which is more than 3 times the number of 100s Richards scored. It is the consistency of aggression and especially in the era he played in , is what sets Richards a step ahead of modern greats

  • kalyanbk on November 22, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Congrats Kohli! Now focus on replicating the performance in overseas tests. Depending on where Kohli bats, I see solid partnerships possible with the new test batting lineup.

  • screamingeagle on November 22, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Yea, pull him down guys, good job. He is playing well, scoring runs and more importantly, seems to care about the team. Forget the IVR comparisions and stuff, enjoy him for what he is.

  • on November 22, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Did Richards make 90% of his centuries at home when reached 5000?

  • xylo on November 22, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    While this is an impressive feat, given the quality of batting tracks back then and now, it gives us an idea of how great a batsman Viv was!

  • rajaram1105 on November 22, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Congrats Virat. I am happy for you and also proud. It is very true when you said, " "I said to myself that if you bat well, along the way these milestones are bound to happen...". All the very best. It is a proud moment for you and the followers of Indian cricket. All the very best.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 22, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    AWESOME player !! Another legend in the making. Congratulations Virat. Continue to work hard and keep your feet on the ground. The blessings of the Little Master will be there with you wherever you go. EXCITING times ahead for Indian cricket fans. xD

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  • Cpt.Meanster on November 22, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    AWESOME player !! Another legend in the making. Congratulations Virat. Continue to work hard and keep your feet on the ground. The blessings of the Little Master will be there with you wherever you go. EXCITING times ahead for Indian cricket fans. xD

  • rajaram1105 on November 22, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Congrats Virat. I am happy for you and also proud. It is very true when you said, " "I said to myself that if you bat well, along the way these milestones are bound to happen...". All the very best. It is a proud moment for you and the followers of Indian cricket. All the very best.

  • xylo on November 22, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    While this is an impressive feat, given the quality of batting tracks back then and now, it gives us an idea of how great a batsman Viv was!

  • on November 22, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Did Richards make 90% of his centuries at home when reached 5000?

  • screamingeagle on November 22, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Yea, pull him down guys, good job. He is playing well, scoring runs and more importantly, seems to care about the team. Forget the IVR comparisions and stuff, enjoy him for what he is.

  • kalyanbk on November 22, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Congrats Kohli! Now focus on replicating the performance in overseas tests. Depending on where Kohli bats, I see solid partnerships possible with the new test batting lineup.

  • on November 22, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    I agree that Viv was a true legend and Virat has a long wayVirat to go. The batting conditions and quality of bowling was much superior in the 80s. But we also need to remember that Virat is merely 25 years old and has at least another 10-12 years of cricket left in him. Moreover Virat has scored 17 centuries which is more than 3 times the number of 100s Richards scored. It is the consistency of aggression and especially in the era he played in , is what sets Richards a step ahead of modern greats

  • on November 22, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    You can't compare the 2 as bowling was better in Richards' era

  • on November 22, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Great batting from Kohli! The best thing is that out of 17 centuries only 7 have come in India.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on November 22, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    @amar_javid: period of 1990-2000 was greatest bowling decade in whole cricketting history. Bradman did not play in his era and no bowler from his period was qualified as great, and he never played great spin bowling and also his only opponent are english. But many people saying he is greatest ever batsman. Like this dude.