Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli
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Virat Kohli slammed his 37th ODI century, as he scored 157 runs from 129 balls and helped India to post a competitive score of 322 runs against the Windies on Wednesday. Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian captains, says he was no words to describe Virat Kohli who became the fastest batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs recently. In due course, he went past legendary Sachin Tendulkar.

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Sourav fails to use adjectives for Virat Kohli

Meanwhile, Indian legend, Sachin Tendulkar took 259 innings, whereas, Virat Kohli took 205 innings to achieve the feat. Moreover, he also scored 157 runs off 129 balls and completed twin tons in both the ODIs against the Windies.

“I am at a loss of words to describe Virat Kohli’s performance. The wicket was different today, conditions were different, but he changed the entire game. It was a fantastic knock. I don’t have enough words,” Sourav Ganguly told IndiaTV during “Cricket Ki Baat” show.

However, it was the era when Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly used to play together. He had seen Sachin closely when he scored the 100th century in the history of cricket. Ganguly feels Virat Kohli has already completed his 37th century in ODI and is not so far behind Tendulkar. He is moreover, carrying an extra burden of captaining the side.

Sourav Ganguly, Virat Kohli
Sourav Ganguly calls Virat Kohli a genius.

“I have closely seen Sachin Tendulkar play, and he has scored 49 ODI hundreds and 100 tons overall but this man is no less than anybody. Kohli has now scored 37 ODI hundreds, and he is not too far behind Tendulkar’s record. It is important to see that Kohli can play in all conditions and to change the game in all conditions. He carries the entire team on his shoulders.” Ganguly added.

Furthermore, Virat Kohli also captained India U-19 side when they won the title. He has taken the game to one level up, and he is somewhat unstoppable.

“He [Kohli] is a master. There’s no doubt now that Kohli is on par with Sachin Tendulkar in ODI cricket. I will not compare Kohli with Tendulkar… both are very big players. However, Kohli has certainly taken this generation of cricket to a different level. His consistency and intensity is remarkable. There’s no stopping him. Whenever he comes on to the field, it feels as if it’s his first time,” Sourav Ganguly concluded.

Arijit Chatterjee

An avid sports lover