Perhaps the debate of Sachin Tendulkar vs Virat Kohli may never come to a close. Both have established themselves as an iconic batsman in their eras, proving as a complete nightmare for most bowlers. Tendulkar, who played international cricket for 24 years, has a host of records under his belt, some of which Kohli has taken over. Among the many experts, former Pakistan seamer Wasim Akram opines whether the current Indian skipper can overhaul Sachin’s numbers.
During his 24-year career, Tendulkar manhandled the likes of Akram, Brett Lee, Shane Warne, and Curtly Ambrose on his way to astounding numbers. As the most capped player in both Test and ODIs, the 47-year-old is also the highest run-getter. The 200 Test matches might remain unbreached for long as does his tally of 15921 runs.
When it comes to Virat Kohli, he has already crunched a few numbers in his favour. In 248 ODIs so far, he has over 12000 runs, including surpassing Sachin as the fastest to get to 10000. The 31-year old reached the landmark in 205 innings while the Master Blaster took 259.
The Indian captain also left behind his fellow countryman and joined Brian Lara for the quickest to get to 20000 international runs. He achieved the milestone in 416 innings. Also, Kohli looks well on track to take over Tendulkar’s record for most centuries in ODIs (49). The 31-year old has 43 under his belt so far.
“He’s getting there, but there’s still time”: Wasim Akram on Virat Kohli
The former Pakistani left-arm seamer candidly said in an interview with Aakash Chopra that Virat Kohli would break and create many more records. Wasim refused to compare both the legends but is confident that Kohli will go to places and snap plenty of records. But since Sachin has far too many records, Kohli might not be able to mould all of those under his name.
“I’m a straight shooter; I say what I feel. I can’t compare them both but I think, Virat Kohli will go places and he will break so many records. Can he break Sachi’s record? I doubt it. He has far too many records. He’s getting there but there’s still time.” Akram said as quoted by Times Now.