From the chants of “Sachin Sachin” filling the ground to the chants of “Kohli Kohli” these days, Indian cricket has witnessed a huge change in the last decade in terms of its batting legends. Sachin and Kohli are undoubtedly two legends of the game of cricket, however, the world still remains split on a premier question that has surrounded Indian cricket for a long time now — Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli?
Over the years, many former cricketers have had their say on this hot topic as Virat Kohli continues to dominate the cricket world. Recently, Virat Kohli finally ended the century drought as he smashed his 71st international century during the Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 fixture against Afghanistan. Kohli equaled former Australian captain Ricky Ponting’s tally of international centuries and is now only behind Sachin Tendulkar now in the elite list. Sachin has scored 100 international centuries in his career.
Meanwhile, former Indian captain MS Dhoni, who is hailed as one of the greatest minds in the cricketing world, was also asked the same question — ‘Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli’ last year at an event. Dhoni, who has captained and played with both Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar said that he doesn’t believe in comparing players, but he hailed Tendulkar as the ‘best batter’. He said:
“I have always believed not to compare individuals. But, yes, you admire the talent. Sachin was by far the best batsman that I have personally seen. When it comes to the work ethics, I feel, both Virat and Sachin, you know, they were just brilliant. Whenever they would turn up for the next session, they would try to get something out of it, something productive. Even if it’s the worst of facilities or even if it’s raining, you know, they’ll try to get something positive out of it,”
MS Dhoni concluded the question by saying that India is blessed to have both Tendulkar and Kohli. He said:
“And at the same time the fitness, if you see Sachin, the way he kept himself fit for more than 20 years, you know when he was playing international cricket, is just amazing. And the same thing with Virat – he’s in his prime form, fitness, and he’s looking forward 10 years and he’s preparing right from now.”
He added: “But if I have to say something, I think India is blessed that both of them play for us,”
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“Sachin was by far the best batsman, you know, that I have personally seen.”
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— Ritesh (@Sachislife) October 3, 2022