Kevin Pietersen, Virat Kohli
Kevin Pietersen and Virat Kohli (Source: Twitter)

Current Team India captain Virat Kohli has established himself as an unstoppable run-getter and a modern-day great. Be it any of the three formats, Virat Kohli has comfortably asserted this authority over all the bowlers. At 31, Kohli has over 20000 international runs alongside 70 centuries. The run-scoring spree and astounding numbers undeniably make him the closest to eclipsing Sachin Tendulkar‘s host of records.

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Former batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar’s went on for an illustrious 24 years. Across 24 years, he accumulated over 18000 runs in ODI cricket and 15000 in Test cricket, which is the highest in both the formats. Along with those, the 47-year old has 100 centuries, with 51 in the most extended version and 49 in 50-over cricket.

Tendulkar’s and Kohli’s insatiable run-making ability no matter the conditions or bowlers makes them immensely talented.

Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar
Virat Kohli (L) and Sachin Tendulkar. (PTI Photo/Mitesh Bhuvad)

Nevertheless, the question that pops up in most people’s minds is whether the present Indian captain can go past all those records, especially surpassing 100 centuries. Former English batsman Kevin Pietersen, who shares an unbreakable bond with Virat Kohli, spoke to Times Now over the same.

Earlier, Pietersen picked the 31-year old the best batsman by a mile over his compatriots in the present era.

“It depends on how long Virat Kohli continues to play”: Kevin Pietersen on breaking Tendulkar’s records

Kevin Pietersen, Duanne Olivier, Kolpak Deal
Kevin Pietersen (Credits – Getty)

It is a no-brainer that the amount of international cricket played in today’s era is staggering, unlike when Tendulkar ruled the stage. Apart from Tests, ODIs, and T20Is, Indian cricketers also play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for nearly two consecutive months. Hence, the former England batsman feels that the factor of longevity can come between Kohli and Tendulkar’s records.

“It depends on how long Virat Kohli continues to play. Remember, Kohli plays all three forms of the game, plus he plays the IPL. For majority of Sachin Tendulkar’s career, there was no T20 cricket and there was no IPL. So it all depends on how long Kohli plays for.”

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