Anshuman Gaekwad
Anshuman Gaekwad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian cricketer Anshuman Gaekwad believes that Indian batter Virat Kohli can continue playing the sport as long as he stays fit and takes care of his body, something that he has been doing for the past few years.

When Kohli started out, he wasn’t the fittest person on the field but he decided to change one day. He began to improve in all aspects of the game as well, soon becoming India’s most important batter across formats.

He recently completed playing 100 Test matches for India, a feat achieved by only 11 other players. Among Indians, Sachin Tendulkar sits at the top having played 200 Test matches, something a cricketer can only dream of replicating.

Virat Kohli. Photo- Twitter
Virat Kohli. Photo- Twitter

However, Gaekwad feels that the 33-year-old Kohli can play for 8-9 years if he stays fit, thereby reaching the number of Tests that Sachin has played.

It is a great achievement to play 100 Test matches and still keep going the way he has. The big difference is the experience he has gained by playing in 100 Test matches. As long as he is fit, nobody can touch him,” Gaekwad stated in a conversation with News18.

“I won’t be surprised if he goes to 200” – Anshuman Gaekwad

Gaekwad also pointed out that the teams these days are playing matches far more frequently so it won’t be a surprise if Kohli takes part in most of them. He also manages his workload now and then by sitting out white-ball series as he did for the T20I series against Sri Lanka last month.

Virat Kohli
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He is so conscious of his fitness that I won’t be surprised if he goes to 200 because of the kind of series of matches they are playing, the frequency is so high that it is a question of another seven or eight years, and he will land up close to 200. Am sure he will be fit and play for the next 10 years, the way he is going,” he further added.

Kohli’s form has dipped but he continues to contribute. He has failed to score a hundred in the past 2 and a half years and is due a big inning very soon.

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