Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar
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West Indies legend Curtly Ambrose has said he doesn’t like to compare Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar. When Virat Kohli shattered his 76th international century in IND vs WI 2nd  Test, there was a comparison made between him and batting great Sachin Tendulkar after 500 games.

Virat Kohli has an equal number of centuries and half-centuries like Sachin Tendulkar. However, the right-handed batter has smacked more runs and has a better average than Tendulkar after 500 international games.

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Sachin Tendulkar Achieve Just About Everything In Cricket: Curtly Ambrose

While speaking to Star Sports, former West Indies pacer Curtly Ambrose said he doesn’t want to compare Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar. According to the former Antigua cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar achieved almost everything in cricket.

“I wouldn’t want to compare both players. Sachin Tendulkar was a great player, and achieved just about everything in cricket. You can’t take away from his cricketing knowledge and the way he played. I’m not the kind of guy who would like to compare,” the 59-year-old said. 

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Curtly Ambrose, who represented West Indies from 1988 to 2000, shed light on how people used to criticize Kohli when he went through a lean patch.

“When you’re a great player and going through a lean patch, like Virat Kohli in the last couple of years where he hadn’t scored a century outside India, people tend to look at him and say ‘Oh, he’s over the hill, he’s struggling cause he hasn’t scored a century,’ and all that stuff. It’s unfair. Every great player goes through a patch where they fail to score hundreds or fail to be consistent”, said the former right-arm pacer. 

Virat Kohli Still Has Lot To Contribute To Indian Cricket: Curtly Ambrose

Ambrose, who played 98 Tests and 176 ODIs for West Indies, also feels that Kohli is a quality player and has still a lot more to offer to Indian cricket.

“He is still a quality player, I’m really happy he got a hundred. Unfortunately, it’s against the West Indies, but that should do his confidence a world of good, and shut up some people who think he is over the hill. He’s not, he still has a lot to contribute to Indian cricket and cricket in general,” Ambrose further said. 

Virat Kohli shattered his 76th international century in the recent India vs West Indies 2nd Test. After 500 matches, the former India skipper has shattered 25582 runs at an average of 53.63. He has also stormed 131 half-centuries in international cricket.

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Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for most runs in international cricket. In 664 games, he shattered 34357 runs at an average of 48.52. The former right-handed batter also shattered 100 centuries and 164 half-centuries in his international career

Kohli and Tendulkar played together in Indian team for almost 5 years. Kohli made his international debut in 2008 and Tendulkar retired in 2013. However, both batting legends were part of the Indian team that won the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011.

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