Virat Kohli has been compared to Sachin Tendulkar since his debut in international cricket. At one point, it was believed that he would surpass all of the legendary cricketer’s records. Even though the former India captain has stated previously that he dislikes these comparisons because Sachin is the reason he began playing cricket, the clamor has not subsided. With each passing century, Virat is reminded that he is inching closer to Sachin’s record of 100 centuries, which was once considered to be unbreakable.
However, former cricketer Ricky Ponting is not fond of comparing Virat to Sachin, at least for the time being. However, the 48-year-old pointed out that cricket has become much simpler due to the changes in so many regulations, such as fewer fielders outside the circle and the fact that white-ball cricket balls rarely reverse swing these days.
“I’m trying to compare the eras, and I know that Virat played a little bit at the tail end of Sachin’s career, but the game is a bit different now. Different regulations apply to 50-over cricket, with fewer fielders allowed outside the circle. Two brand-new spheres. I believe that it makes batting simpler now than it ever has been. “There is no doubt that bats have improved,” said the Australian legend.
I evaluate the quality of players based on their longevity in the sport. Ponting
“Field restrictions and new projectiles also play a significant role. During Sachin’s ODI career, the ball at the conclusion of a 50-over game was extremely difficult to see. It was quite gentle. It was extremely difficult to strike and would swing backwards. Ponting stated in the most recent episode of the ICC Review that such occurrences are unheard of in the modern 50-over game.
The two-time World Cup-winning captain added that comparisons between Virat and Sachin are only possible after the latter proclaims his retirement. Until then, he will play a substantial amount of cricket and set a multitude of records.
“I evaluate the quality of players based on their longevity in the sport. I believe that’s the best method to evaluate players, given how difficult it is to maintain such a high level of excellence for so long. Some players can do it for three or four years and appear to be the greatest in the world, but only the very, very best can do it for extended periods of time, and Sachin did it for more than two decades at the international level. To play 200 Test matches (like Tendulkar) is an incredible accomplishment.
Furthermore, Ricky Ponting felt that comparing Kohli to Tendulkar at this stage would be unfair because Tendulkar has already achieved 100 centuries in his illustrious career, while the modern great is still playing and it will take time for him to reach that special milestone. Therefore, it will be appropriate to make comparisons once Virat retires from international cricket.
“Virat still has everything ahead of him. Without a doubt, he is an astoundingly skilled player. He now has over seventy international hundreds. Sachin scored a century, didn’t he? Let’s wait until Virat’s tenure is over, and then I believe we can make a more accurate comparison,” he continued.