West Indies v India, 1st Test, Antigua, 1st day July 22, 2016

Manjrekar: 'Kohli reminds me of Tendulkar'

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Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar analyses the various aspects of the first day's play in Antigua

'Gutsy Dhawan provided platform'

Sanjay Manjrekar says the India batsmen negotiated the new ball and testing conditions well to come out top on the first day of the four-Test series in the Caribbean

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'Kohli reminds me of Tendulkar'

The ease with with Virat Kohli scored runs was the most striking aspect on his innings, similar to Sachin Tendulkar in his early days

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'WI attack one of the weakest you'll see'

West Indies used too many defensive tactics, beginning with their selection of Carlos Brathwaite and Jason Holder as frontline bowlers

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'Can't disregard India's lower-order batting'

R Ashwin and Amit Mishra have shown their batting pedigree on numerous occasions, so India can look to make most of a strong first-day performance

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  • cowee on July 23, 2016, 1:58 GMT

    i believe everything this man said...doesnt anybody think in thid direction

  •   Rohit Davidson on July 22, 2016, 22:56 GMT

    I agree with Sanjay Manjrekar when he says that he is reminded of Sachin Tendulkar when he watches Virat Kohli. The way Kohli is batting these days, his appetite for runs and his ability to carry the side on his shoulders almost always sure reminds of Tendlya of the 90s.

  • J on July 22, 2016, 22:17 GMT

    @PITCH_CURATOR - The conservative fields were set because it was hard to score runs against the quality of bowling and on those pitches, Kohli would be outsmarted by so many of the bowlers Tendulkar stood up to. What rubbish you're talking about those attacks, don't forget tendulkar had to face great WI and Pak attacks. Sri lanka back then had murali and vaas, now kohli gets to pile runs against a bunch of domestic level lankan bowlers. Sure boult and southee are good but not considerably better than Tendulkar having to face Bond, Cairns, Doull and Vettori. There is absolutely no doubting that batting has become easier - flatter pitches and less test grade bowlers are the reasons for Many batsmens success today, the latter the reason for kohli's success today. It was Tendulkars own selfish reasons for continuing to play past his prime. You rate a player by how they played for the majority of their careers and so far kohli is well behind tendulkar.

  •   cricfan39674128 on July 22, 2016, 21:17 GMT

    Human reaction time increase and learning abilty decreases with age. I wonder if cricketeers with talent could be exposed to test cricket ar an earlier age as would have been the case with many great cricketeers of the past. In saying that it is good to have experience before being introduced to test cricket. The down side of it is that it not easy to correct flaws at a later age. Dravid appeared to know about his reaction time when he was getting bowled and decide to retire. Many cricketeeers hang on until dropped. How about cricketeers check their reaction time on a regular basis.

  • sujay on July 22, 2016, 19:56 GMT

    A cricketing legend can not be judged by sheer runs or wickets. he could be judged by the innovation he brings into the game. Waseem and Waqar's reverse swing. Sachin's attacking batsmanship against fiery Australians on a Perth pitch in 90s. Or against Warne's leg stump line. Lara's nimble footedness against Murali. The Don and Viru's aggressive approach in the first session of the test. That Delhi afternoon when Sanath and kau changed the one day game in first 15 overs. Saqlain's doosra. Gilchrist. All of these were revolutionary contributions to the game. Let Kohli create an innovative history of his own, let him build his own legacy.

  • sujay on July 22, 2016, 19:33 GMT

    Really? People started comparing Kohli with Bradman? Even in Bradman's generation, the next best scored at 40 runs lesser per innings. So, given their averages are similar to that of the modern greats, are you suggesting that in the 40's, the world had batsman much lesser gifted ? Kohli is great, but he has to thrive against the best attacks in the world on bowler friendly pitches to even stand up to Sachin, Lara. Against Windies, even Ashwin has 3 centuries, and they are a team weaker than even the Zimbabweans of 90s. Murali, Warne, Mcgrath, Waqar, Ambrose, Wasim. Let's not disrespect any generation. Let Kohli play for 6-7 more years, and then let history judge him.

  • Kiran on July 22, 2016, 19:31 GMT

    @ JRP100 - I do not like comparing eras but if anything I feel Kohli's brand of cricket would have brought him more runs in the 90s due to the conservative fields set in those days. The Australian/SAF attack in that era would have tested him but the English, NZ and SL attacks those days were very poor. Lets take an example - Can you imagine Tendulkar at any point of time in his career trying to chase down the score in the 4th innings like Kohli tried to, in Adelaide? No way.. he would have quietly tried for his hundred. Tendulkar might be miles ahead of Kohli in technique but Kohli is light years ahead in mental strength and performing under pressure. BTW did anyone hold a gun to Sachin's head and force him to play when he was past his prime?? So, there is no justification for his poor record from 2011. Those numbers should be considered when evaluating Tendulkar as a player. 2-3 years is not a short span.

  • praveen on July 22, 2016, 19:09 GMT

    Kohli reminds me of this young cricketer with tons of self belief, fearlessness and a unique ability to thrive under pressure. He started playing for India a few years ago and his name is Virat Kohli.

  • Vikram on July 22, 2016, 16:23 GMT

    stop the comparison already! let kohli be kohli.

  • Ved on July 22, 2016, 16:10 GMT

    @JRP100 I think Kohli has had a real problem converting his hundreds into daddy hundreds. About 70-80% of his hundred are in the 110-120 range, not good enough if you want to have a 50 plus average. But he has broken the barrier with a double now. Also the low average might have something to do with the pitches India have played on, first against Sri lanka in in Sri Lanka and then against South African in India (where both teams could barely score 200). They were terrible for batting. Compare it to the roads we have seen in England and Australia recently.

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