Virat Kohli scored his 45th one-day international century during the first one-day encounter versus Sri Lanka in Guwahati on Tuesday. Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir was present in the broadcaster’s studio for this momentous occasion.
Because of his outstanding performance with the bat, Kohli received a lot of praise on various social media platforms.
In the course of this, Kohli also went on to equal the record held by the legendary Sachin Tendulkar for scoring the most “home hundreds” in one-day internationals.
As fans and commentators began to draw parallels between Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar, Gambhir attempted to downplay the significance of the situation by claiming that “the rules have changed” since Sachin played the game.
Gambhir maintained his composure while emphatically rejecting the notion of drawing comparisons between players from various periods.
The former opening hitter for India mentioned fielding constraints and the availability of a second new ball as examples of some of the ‘rule changes’ that have worked in favour of batters in the modern era of cricket.
“To tell you the truth, it has nothing to do with the record. In the 50-over format, Virat Kohli will finish up with a far larger number of hundreds than Sachin Tendulkar did. The guidelines have been updated, as you can see “The statement was made by Gambhir on Star Sports.
“You shouldn’t compare different time periods. It would be unfair to compare past ages, in which there was only one new ball, to the present day, in which there are two new balls and five fielders on the infield.
However, it is true that he has been an expert in this format, and he has demonstrated that expertise over such a significant amount of time, “he noted.
Sanjay Manjrekar, who was also on the Star Sports panel for the match, expressed his certainty that Virat Kohli will eventually pass Sachin Tendulkar on the tally of most one-day international hundreds scored.
“Because Kohli is not an opener, you cannot expect him to score a hundred in the first ball of each 50-over game. Instead, you will need to bat through the entire innings in order to reach that milestone.
You need to take into consideration the fact that he has batted at the number three the majority of the time. There is absolutely no question in my mind that he will pass Tendulkar in one-day hundreds.
In other words, you need just four hundreds to match Tendulkar’s score. It’s possible that it will take place in a year and a half. Since this is the year of the World Cup for the 50-over format, I think it’s possible, “he remarked.
When it comes to the 50-over version of international cricket, Kohli currently has 45 hundreds under his belt. On the other side, Tendulkar has scored 49 tonnes in one-day internationals.