Virat Kohli’s run-scoring feats ever since he made his debut in 2008 have been second to none and along the way he has broken a plethora of records, some of which were set by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar himself.
Tendulkar’s opening partner Virender Sehwag feels Kohli has the capability to break most of his records except the 200 Tests record.
“Everybody has this feeling that Virat Kohli will break all batting records. I have also said this many times that he is meant to break all records. Just one record which I feel won’t be broken is playing 200 Test matches, which Sachin Tendulkar has set. For that you need to play cricket for at least 24 years.
“Barring that Kohli might break all the records. Another thing which everybody keeps saying is the lack of good quality bowlers that Kohli is facing now. Other batsmen are playing against the same kind of bowlers but they aren’t scoring as many runs.
“There is something special about him which is why he is scoring runs consistently. I have played with players like Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman, Dravid. Even they had ups and downs in their careers. But Kohli hasn’t had that in his career till now,” Sehwag told AajTak.
Sehwag’s former teammate Zaheer Khan concurs with his views but added that in terms of stats alone, Rohit Sharma is giving Kohli a run for his money and India is lucky to have two match-winners in limited-overs cricket.
“If you just look at the stats then Rohit’s record is quite similar to Kohli’s since he started opening in limited-overs cricket. India’s success is based on the top-three batsmen scoring runs. Kohli and Rohit have defined their own success with the bat by scoring runs consistently.
“Then you have quality spinners and fast bowlers who get you the wickets regularly. All these factors have contributed in India’s success rate in the last few years. Indian team is fortunate to have two match-winners in Kohli and Rohit,” Zaheer added.
The duo also spoke about the recent controversy surrounding Kohli and his leave India comment. But the matter has been blown out of proportion in media and social media, feels Sehwag.
“Everybody has the right to speak. I have also been asked who my favourite player is and I have taken taken names like Roger Federer, Brian Lara and Adam Gilchrist. Fans have the right to choose their favourite players and so does Virat. Only the media blows up incidents like these and creates controversies,” Sehwag said.
Zaheer meanwhile, said that Kohli was probably misunderstood the first time around which is why he had to clarify his point on Twitter after the controversy erupted.
“Fans and Virat have equal freedom of speech. India is a democractic country and everybody has freedom of speech. Even the clarification Virat gave, it came because he wanted to clearly state his feelings on the matter,” Zak said.
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