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Virat Kohli Will Get Close To Sachin Tendulkar In ODI Cricket: Sourav Ganguly


India’s star batsman Virat Kohli may score 50 ODI hundreds but Sachin Tendulkar’s milestone of 100 international hundreds would stay safe forever, feels former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.

“Virat Kohli, I think will get close to him in one-day cricket. He has reached 22 centuries, he still has 28 more to get to 50 in ODIs. He has to play probably for 10 more years for that, we will have to wait and see,” Sourav Ganguly said during a book release function.

Virat Kohli has scored 22 centuries in ODI cricket and he needs 28 more to reach to break Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries and achieve the milestone of 50 ODI hundreds. Sourav Ganguly rightly mentioned that Kohli has to play for 10 more years to achieve this feat, but Kohli is only 26 years old and if his body stays fit, he will surely play 10 more years.

Ganguly also heaped praises on India’s performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and said that Team India has bounced back brilliantly after the recently-concluded Tests and tri-series.

“Their form in the recently-concluded Tests and tri-series and that in the World Cup is a massive revelation,” Ganguly said. 

Ganguly also said that nobody predicted India to beat South Africa the way they did, before the start of the tournament as South Africa were one of the pre-tournament favourites.

“Nobody predicted that India would beat South Africa by 130 runs. It’s very unpredictable but India’s form has been a revelation for all of us.”

When asked about picking a final line-up for the World Cup 2015, Ganguly refused to pick a final line up and said it is difficult to pick at the moment because anybody can beat anybody on a given day.

“If you want a biased answer it would be Australia and India. But if you want a realistic answer then I don’t know because anybody can beat anybody. It’s very very unpredictable. World Cup group stage does not give you a picture of what’s in store in the knockout stages. In this format, every team is beatable on that particular day,” Ganguly said at the function held at the Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club tent.” 

Ganguly however picked India, South Africa and tournament co-hosts Australia and New Zealandto make the semifinal line-up.

“India, Australia, New Zealand are looking good and we cannot write off South Africa after just one loss.”

“And in this format, it does not matter what you do in group stages but how you perform in in the quarters, semifinals and final.”


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